HC Deb 25 January 1971 vol 810 c13W
69. Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will give details of the last occasion prior to 29th December, 1970, on which a formal appeal for clemency was transmitted by Her Majesty's Government to a foreign government on behalf of foreign nationals resident in the country to which the appeal was addressed.

Mr. Anthony Royle

If my hon. Friend is referring to the recent action taken by Her Majesty's Government in respect of the Basque trial, I made it clear in my answer to the hon. Member for West Ham, North (Mr. Arthur Lewis) on 18th January, that Her Majesty's Government had no formallocus standi to intervene in this case. They transmitted no formal appeal to the Spanish Government and the question does not therefore arise.-[Vol. 809, c. 196‒7.]