HC Deb 29 June 1995 vol 262 cc776-7W
15. Mr. Jim Marshall

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the progress towards a political settlement in Northern Ireland. [29815]

Sir Patrick Mayhew

Our aim remains the achievement of a comprehensive and widely acceptable political settlement. Democratically mandated parties committed to peaceful methods will be its principal architects. Therefore, the Government continue to encourage in the first instance, bilateral meetings between such parties and themselves.

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