Falkland Islands (Franks Report)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:37 pm on 18th January 1983.

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Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , West Lothian 3:37 pm, 18th January 1983

Does the Prime Minister recollect that on Tuesday, 26 October, in answer to Prime Minister's Question No. 1, she confirmed that the Falkland crisis had come out of the blue to her on Wednesday 31 March? As we now know that nuclear submarines and Royal Fleet Auxiliaries were despatched from Gibraltar on Monday 29 March, and also that the crew of the "Fort Austin", which was possibly carrying nuclear weapons, were told that they were not going home but to the South Atlantic on Sunday 28 March by the barmaids of Gibraltar, how is it that the barmaids of Gibraltar have better information about the destination of the fleet, carrying nuclear weapons, than the British Prime Minister?