HC Deb 08 July 1982 vol 27 c159W
Mr. George Robertson

asked the Prime Minister if Her Majesty's Government have yet reached a decision about whether to permit the bodies of troops killed in the Falklands to be brought back for burial in the United Kingdom.

The Prime Minister

After considering all aspects of this most difficult problem, including the practical difficulties involved, and having read the letters I have received from the next-of-kin of those killed and others, I have decided that, where next-of-kin wish, arrangements will be made for the return to the United Kingdom of the bodies of the fallen who have been given temporary burial on land in the Falkland Islands. Where next-of-kin wish the bodies to remain in the Falkland Islands they will be buried with all due ceremony at Port Stanley. Arrangements will be made for close relatives to visit the graves if they so wish; and similar arrangements will be made for close relatives of those lost or buried at sea who wish to visit the Falkland Islands.

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