HC Deb 28 July 1983 vol 46 cc564-5W
Mr. Abse

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether, in view of the coach crash near Frankfurt on 21 July 1983 involving many members of the Gwent youth band, he will make representations to the German Government for a full and independent inquiry into the reasons why the accident occurred and to recommend measures to improve safety provisions for future coach travellers from the United Kingdom.

Mr. Whitney

Our consul-general in Frankfurt is asking the German authorities for a copy of the police accident report. No action can be taken until this has been studied.

I would like to take this opportunity of expressing our appreciation of the work done by the police, the rescue teams, by the hospitals and also by the Karlsruhe district and Gwent county officials who co-operated in providing care and comfort both for the injured and for the relatives who went to join them.

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