On the first part of the Question, I have nothing to add to my reply to the hon. Member for Surbiton (Mr. Fisher) on 15th March; on the second, the comprehensive range of measures taken to protect families includes patrols, guards, flood-lighting, escorts and the use of secure areas. It would not be in the interests of the safety of families in Aden for me to reveal details of these protective measures.—[Vol. 743, c. 111–2.]
That is all very well, but will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that since that statement of his the Chairman of the United Nations Mission, Perez-Guerrero, has made some very disgraceful, irresponsible, and calculated comments which have added to the danger of these families and I am of the opinion that, unless immediate steps are taken to bring these families back much earlier, there will be a graver risk than need be taken?
I understand my hon. Friend's concern, but I must ask him to recognise that the withdrawal of families in an orderly way with their children will start in just over a fortnight's time. It would not be in the interests of the families, and certainly not of the morale of the troops serving in Aden, to take panic measures which do not have a real justification.