HC Deb 06 December 1965 vol 722 cc11-2W
69. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what representations Her Majesty's Government have made to the Cuban Government in regard to the recent shooting involving a member of the Embassy staff; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Padley

Her Majesty's Embassy at Havana sent a formal Note of protest to the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 3rd November, the day following the incident. Despite subsequent informal inquiries by the Embassy no substantive reply has been received from the Ministry. My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary summoned the Cuban Chargé d'Affaires to the Foreign Office on 26th November and told him that Her Majesty's Government took a serious view not only of the incident itself but also of the delay in replying to the Embassy's Note. My noble Friend made it clear to him that a full explanation was expected. So far Her Majesty's Govern- ment have received no reply from the Cuban Government to the representations either in London or in Havana.