HC Deb 23 April 1990 vol 171 cc75-6W
Mr. Mates

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when a report on the explosion at the Royal Marines school of music at Deal on 22 September 1989 was commissioned; by what date it was due to have been completed; when he received the report; and when, and in what form, it will be made available.

Mr. Archie Hamilton

A board of inquiry was directed by the Commandant-General Royal Marines on 29 September 1989 to investigate all aspects of security in force at the Royal Marines school of music (RMSM) Deal, with particular reference to the period preceding the terrorist bomb explosion on 22 September. The board was instructed to present its report to the Commandant-General by 24 October. My right hon. Friend received advice on the report on 8 December and is considering its recommendations. The report is classified and will not be published. I would, however, expect a summary of its principal findings to be made available to the House of Commons Select Committee on Defence when my right hon. Friend has completed his deliberations.