Iran (Detention of Naval Personnel)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 4:16 pm on 19th June 2007.

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Photo of Don Touhig Don Touhig Labour, Islwyn 4:16 pm, 19th June 2007

I have no doubt that the media handling of this matter was a failure and an embarrassment, but it is of secondary importance to the operational effectiveness of our forces and the security of our serving men and women in the Gulf. I welcome my right hon. Friend's decision to share the Fulton report with the Defence Committee. There has been much speculation that there were two areas of failure, with first, the lack of appreciation of the threat that the Iranians posed and, secondly, a failure of communications. My right hon. Friend alluded to both in his statement. Can he assure the House that the lessons learned from this will be part of the training regime for all those who are now to be deployed in the Gulf?

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Bruce Shaxson
Posted on 20 Jun 2007 2:49 pm (Report this annotation)

Don Touhig may have no doubts about the media handling
of this matter (the behavour of the fifteen sailors captured by Iran), but the salient point is that the MOD failed to pin point where the blame ley, and so the MOD report was indeed the usual government whitewash, and not as Don Touhig claims the media's fault, so dear to the heart of almost every politician.
Bruce Shaxson.