HC Deb 24 January 1956 vol 548 c9
10. Sir J. Hutchison

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will make a report on the incident when a bomb was thrown into a Territorial Army Headquarters in Edinburgh on 4th January; and whether the perpetrators have been identified.

Mr. Henderson Stewart

I am informed that, about 9.15 p.m. on 4th January, a small bottle containing inflammable liquid and fitted with an igniter was thrown into premises in Edinburgh occupied by the headquarters of local Territorial Army units. It caused no damage beyond marks of scorching. Shortly afterwards a communication was made by telephone to two newspaper offices in which the incident was claimed to be the work of the Scottish Republic Army; but the perpetrators have not been identified.

Sir J. Hutchison

Is my hon. Friend taking steps to track down these perpetrators? Has he noted that they have threatened that next time the attacks will be more serious? Is not violence in support of political opinions abhorrent to all Scotsmen?

Mr. Stewart

I am aware that certain supporters of that movement have announced drastic action, but I can assure my hon. Friend that the police are taking all possible steps to track down and bring to justice the perpetrators of this act.