Lockerbie

Oral Answers to Questions — Lord President of the Council – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd April 1995.

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Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , Linlithgow 12:00 am, 3rd April 1995

To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will set up a Select Committee on the destruction of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie. [15728]

Photo of Mr Tony Newton Mr Tony Newton , Braintree

I have no plans to propose the setting up of such a Committee.

Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , Linlithgow

Is not the appalling truth that the highest echelons of the United States Government and the Crown Office simply do not want to confront the truth about Lockerbie? Had they done so, would they not have been far more assiduous in carrying out their duty under Scottish law to investigate any leads which might result in the exculpation of the two Libyan suspects or, indeed, any other suspects? They simply have not carried out their legal duty under Scottish law in following the leads. I will not say that they have been bone idle, but they have not carried out their duty. In those circumstances, will the Lord President tell us what wretched excuse is now being given for not going ahead with the second best, which is a Select Committee of this House?

Photo of Mr Tony Newton Mr Tony Newton , Braintree

On the first point, I can only say that my noble and learned Friend the Lord Advocate remains satisfied that the evidence supports the charges against the two accused and against no other individuals. On the second point, I shall simply say that there have already been numerous inquiries into the Lockerbie disaster and it seems to me that the appropriate course is to seek to pursue the case which is to be mounted against the two people who have been accused, rather than to engage in further inquiries.