HC Deb 17 July 1968 vol 768 cc1395-6
1. Mr. Lubbock

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what consultations he has had with the West German and United States Governments on the publication of information on military aircraft crashes; and if he will make a statement.

The Minister of Defence for Administration (Mr. G. W. Reynolds)


Mr. Lubbock

Is the right hon. Member aware that the security arrangements regarding this information in the United States and West Germany are far less stringent than in this country? What value does he think the information that I have mentioned would be to a potential enemy? Is it not time that we reviewed these ridiculous secrecy arrangements in this country?

Mr. Reynolds

I do not regard them as ridiculous. It is not only a question of security and secrecy. This policy has operated since 1927. It has been reviewed from time to time and is being reviewed at the moment.