§ 19. Mr. Temple-Morris
asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on current relations between Her Majesty's Government and Iran.
§ Sir Ian Gilmour
Relations with Iran continue to be hampered by the illegal564W detention of the United States hostages. In this context, the Government imposed trade sanctions against Iran on 30 May. We continue to support diplomatic moves which might lead to the release of the hostages, and earnestly hope that the Iranian Parliament, which is to consider this question, will recommend their early release, so that close and mutually beneficial relations can be re-established with the Iranian Government.