HC Deb 20 January 1983 vol 35 cc167-8W
Mr. David Young

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many relations of personnel killed in the Falkland Islands have elected to visit the islands; when such visits will take place; what conditions will apply; what modes of transport will be used; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Blaker

As my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces told the hon. Member on 14 December 1982—[Vol. 31, c.60]—the next of kin of those who were lost at sea or who are buried on the Falklands are being given an opportunity to visit the islands. The next of kin have now been approached, but it is too early to say what the numbers wishing to make the trip will be. The visit will take place in April, and each of the next of kin will be entitled to be accompanied by two companions. The journey will be made partly by air and partly by chartered ship, and will take about 10 days in all, including time spent on and around the islands. The costs of the trip will be met in full by the Ministry of Defence.