HC Deb 07 March 1962 vol 655 cc390-1
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.