HC Deb 29 July 1988 vol 138 c710W
Mr. Hayes

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the attendance of security forces witnesses at the forthcoming inquest in Gibraltar.

Mr. Younger

All concerned wish to co-operate as fully as possible with the coroner. At the same time the Government have a responsibility to ensure that the personal security of witnesses is not put at risk. A final decision whether or not the witnesses should be advised to attend the inquest will be taken immediately before the inquest opens in the light of an up-to-date assessment of the security risk. At present, however, the intention of Her Majesty's Government and of witnesses is that they will go