§ 4. Mr. Woodall
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many British Army deserters with service in Northern Ireland are domiciled in Sweden.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Army (Mr. Robert C. Brown)
Three soldiers, who are recorded as illegal absentees and who have served in Northern Ireland since 1969, are believed to be in Sweden.
§ Mr. Woodall
I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Does he not agree that it is disgraceful that the British Broadcasting Corporation might encourage would-be deserters by its extraordinary highlighting of this subject?
§ Rear-Admiral Morgan-Giles
Does the Under-Secretary agree with me that it is a little unedifying for the people of Britain to rush in with the measures which were announced by the Government yesterday, and which I fully support, because 16 or 18 civilians were killed in Birmingham when they do not do so when more than 250 British soldiers have been killed in Northern Ireland?