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Terrorism (Security Precautions)

Volume 720: debated on Thursday 18 November 1965

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many acts of terrorism causing personal injury have taken place in Aden during the last three months; what additional security precautions have been taken; and if he will make a statement.

35 utterly senseless acts of terrorism causing death or personal injury have occurred in Aden State since 15th August. In recent weeks the security authorities have had encouraging successes in the detection of agents of the National Liberation Front. After some reduction in terrorist activity, during the last few days, there have been a number of further attacks including three shooting incidents. Special emergency legislation allowing for the closure of roads, vehicle curfews and restricted residence was introduced in Aden State by the High Commissioner in June. Further measures since then include road checks and selective searches; static guards at key points and places of entertainment used by Service men and their families; additional protection for Government offices and individual quarters where necessary; the removal of British Forces' families from vulnerable hired quarters, the fencing off of surrounding areas and access roads and paths and the provision of hard surfaces as a safeguard against mines; improvements to the security of Aden airport; and the supply of small arms to Government officers when so recommended by the Commissioner of Police.

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for that reply, whatever the political developments that might ensue, will he continually bear in mind the anxieties of those who have relatives serving there? They have been in considerable apprehension.

I very much appreciate what the hon. Gentleman says. It is an anxiety which is shared deeply by myself and my colleagues.