§ 29. Mr. Driberg
asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty what action is being taken against the intruders who painted the word "Rag" twice on the nuclear submarine "Dreadnought"; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing
I understand that the civil police are taking active steps to try and identify the persons responsible. The question of what action may be taken against the culprits is not a matter for me.
§ Mr. Driberg
Although the action may not be a matter for the hon. Gentleman, presumably he consults about it. If and when they are identified, is it proposed to prosecute them under the Official Secrets Act?
§ Mr. Orr-Ewing
Naturally, we have looked into the circumstances which led to this prank, but the question of prosecution is, I think, one for the Chief Constable and for the Director of Public Prosecutions, and I cannot possibly comment on it.