HC Deb 17 November 1966 vol 736 cc148-9W
41. Sir J. Langford-Holt

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what electric or radio equipment was authorised to be used by George Blake during his imprisonment.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

He was authorised as from 3rd December 1963 to have a portable battery-operated wireless receiving set in his cell.

63. and 64. Sir J. Hobson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether he has made any arrangement for a record in any form to be made of all that is said and written to the Mountbatten Committee about the escape of Blake; and what those arrangements are;

(2) why he has not arranged for those upon whom blame may be apportioned by the Mountbatten Committee for the escape of Blake to be notified of any statements affecting them and to be given the opportunity to challenge the makers of such statements face to face and by cross-examination and to produce their own evidence in rebuttal.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

The detailed procedure which Lord Mountbatten follows in his inquiry is a matter for him. He has told me that a proper record is being kept of all proceedings, and that he does not intend to apportion blame to any named individual, if he finds this necessary, without giving him an opportunity to challenge the evidence.

Mr. Sharples

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give details of the make, model and type of radio receiver which George Blake had in his cell at the time of his escape.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

A Perdio Town and Country transistorised radio, model PR74.