HC Deb 18 November 1968 vol 773 cc887-8
24. Mr. Gordon Campbell

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action is being taken with other countries to identify and charge the murderer who caused the loss of 66 lives in the British European Airways aircraft lost through a bomb explosion off the Turkish coast on 12th October, 1967.

Mr. Whitlock

Members of the Metropolitan Police visited Athens and Nicosia last spring in connection with the accident and the Greek and Cyprus Governments were informed of the visit.

Mr. Campbell

As the reason for the accident has recently been made clear, was this not a more villainous crime than the great train robbery, and should not every effort be made internationally to bring the culprits to justice and so deter others from committing this diabolical form of mass murder?

Mr. Whitlock

No doubt all concerned here and elsewhere are alerted to obtain the necessary evidence, but, as my right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney-General informed the House on 21st October, the Director of Public Prosecutions has advised that at present no evidence is available to justify criminal proceedings against any individual.

Sir A. V. Harvey

What steps have been taken to safeguard British aircraft in transit through Greece, or other countries, in future?

Mr. Whitlock

Questions of that character are best directed to my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade.