§ 41. Mr. Iremonger
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to trace Ian Sippen, one of Her Majesty's subjects, of 35 Cantley Gardens, Ilford, reported missing in Morocco on Thursday 26th April.
§ Mr. Kershaw
The embassy in Rabat immediately asked the local authorities to institute a search when it was informed that Mr. Sippen was missing. In less than an hour the pro-consul had joined the police and other official searchers at the beach from which Mr. Sippen had been swimming.
I am very sorry to say that the search was unsuccessful. A watch continues on this and nearby beaches and the embassy will remain in close touch with the local authorities. The consular department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will continue to keep the family fully informed.