HC Deb 03 July 1987 vol 118 cc183-4W
Mr. Gorst

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what information has been sought from the relevant United Kingdom authorities by the Swedish authorities involved in the case of Captain Simon Hayward as to whether a British subject, Mr. Gary Forbes Mitchell, recently convicted in Sweden of drug trafficking offences, had any previous convictions for similar or other offences in the United Kingdom; what reply was given to the Swedish inquiries; and if he will make a statement;

(2) for what reasons two British police officers travelled to Sweden to interview Captain Simon Hayward, currently being held in custody by the Swedish authorties; what was the outcome of their visit; whether the officers went at the invitation of the Swedish authorities; whether they questioned or made inquiries into other British subjects while they were in Sweden; whether the Swedish authorities made any contribution to the cost of their journey; and what was the total cost to the United Kingdom taxpayer.

Mr. Hurd

It is not in the public interest to comment on whether information has been exchanged through Interpol nor on the reasons for or outcome of the visit to Sweden made by two British police officers. Their visit was made with the agreement of the Swedish authorities who did not contribute to the cost. The total additional cost of the visit was approximately £1,100.