HL Deb 15 February 1989 vol 504 c284WA
Lord Mayhew

asked Her Majesty's Government:

To which departments and areas of the Lockerbie disaster organisation access was give to a senior Israeli police official and for what reasons.

The Minister of State, Scottish Office (Lord Sanderson of Bowden)

I understand from the chief constable that with the authority of the procurator fiscal a senior officer in the Israeli national police was briefly shown the operations room (uniform branch), the registration department, the identification branch (body identification) and the Holmes computer room at the Lockerbie incident control centre. The officer also visited a number of the search sectors, which he saw from a distance. He was given no access to documents or other material, nor was he supplied with specific detail of the ongoing operations. As I stated in my Answer to the noble Lord's previous Question on 30th January 1989, the Israeli officer was allowed such access, of a limited nature, because he has responsibility for training for the eventuality of such a disaster in Israel.