HC Deb 20 October 1954 vol 531 c190W
Sir L. Plummer

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs under whose authority the British Consul at San Jose, Guatemala, gave instructions to Captain Thomas Bradford, master of the cargo vessel "Springfjord" that he was to keep silent about the loss of his ship by bombing off San Jose on 4th June; and what authority the Consul had for taking from Captain Bradford photographs of the incident.

Mr. Turton

No British consular officer ever instructed Captain Bradford to keep silent about the bombing of his ship on 27th June (not 4th June). Her Majesty's Legation at Guatemala City at once assisted Captain Bradford to communicate with the owners and asked him, in view of the political situation in Guatemala, to inform them of any statement that he might be making to the Press.

The photographs taken by a member of the crew were handed over by Captain Bradford to the British Vice-Consul for safe keeping and to be developed. The film was handed back to Captain Bradford a few days later.