HC Deb 07 February 1962 vol 653 c62W
74. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Lord Privy Seal what were the circumstances of the attack on the British Chargé d'Affaires at Tez in the Yemen; if he is now recovering; whether the assailant has been arrested; and what action has been taken to ensure the safeguarding of the legation and British diplomats in the Yemen.

Mr. Godber

Mr. R. W. Bailey, Her Majesty's Chargé d'Affaires in Taiz, was attacked during the night of 13th to 14th January by a man who broke into the Legation house and also wounded the night-watchman. Mrs. Bailey courageously came to her husband's assistance in expelling the intruder and thereby undoubtedly saved his life. Mr. Bailey's injuries were serious. Prompt help was given by the Yemeni authorities as well as by members of the foreign community in Taiz, and the Imam placed his personal aircraft at Mr. Bailey's disposal. Mr. Bailey was flown to Aden, where he entered the Royal Air Force Hospital. He was discharged from hospital on 27th January, and I am glad to say that he is now well on the way to recovery. A suspect has been arrested. The safeguarding of diplomatic premises is the responsibility of the receiving Government. The Yemeni Government have already strengthened the guard placed on the Legation.

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