HL Deb 07 March 1978 vol 389 c778WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the position of this country, situated as it is at the hub of the international air transport lines, does not give it an unusual advantage and a special opportunity for giving a lead to the rest of the world by being the first to enforce sanctions against States that connive at international terrorism.


None of our discussions in international fora has given any grounds for thinking that sanctions imposed unilaterally by the United Kingdom would either be effective or be followed by similar action by many other leading aviation countries. We continue, however, to take every opportunity in the International Civil Aviation Organisation and elsewhere to press for effective international security measures and for the relevant International Conventions to be more widely ratified.