BUSINESS QUESTION – THE FALKLANDS PLAY – 17 May 2007

Dr Julian Lewis: In a spirit of magnanimity, will the Leader of the House agree that when a truly great occupant of No. 10 Downing Street has ceased to be Prime Minister, broadcasting the legacy is important? May we therefore have a debate on Early-Day Motion 1367, which was tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for Aldershot (Gerald Howarth) and 24 other MPs from all parties?

[That this House welcomes the recent transmission by the BBC on Radio 4 of the outstanding Falklands Play by Ian Curteis; and calls on the BBC to transmit the film version of the play on BBC1 at prime time on 14th June to mark the 25th anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands and as a tribute to those, both military and civilian, who worked to restore freedom to the Islanders and uphold British sovereignty.]

The EDM calls on the BBC at last to broadcast in prime time in June on BBC1 its excellent “The Falklands Play” as a tribute not only to those who fought in the campaign but to the great Prime Minister who initiated it?

[The Leader of the House of Commons (Mr Jack Straw): I would like it to be re-broadcast. I backed the military action against the Argentines in the debate on 3 April 1982, and that was my consistent position throughout the conflict. I applaud the courage and fortitude of the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.]