HC Deb 08 February 1962 vol 653 c601
27. Mr. Awbery

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if an inquiry has been held into the shooting incident in Malta involving members of the Socialist International who were making an official visit to the island a few weeks ago; and if he will make the result of that inquiry available to Members of this House.

Mr. Maudling

Police investigation and an inquiry by a magistrate continue. The findings of the latter will be made available in due course.

Mr. Awbery

Is the Minister aware that although this incident was not serious physically, it could have political repercussions? If members of an international delegation visit the country and are subject to incidents of this character, it could become serious and stop people travelling from one country to another. Will the Minister deal with this matter and try to find the cause of the trouble?

Mr. Maudling

The matter is in the hands of the police, who are investigating the position, and I am sure that I should not comment at this stage.

Mr. Driberg

Can it really take them three months to investigate a simple incident of this kind?

Mr. Maudling

It depends on the complexity of the facts.

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