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Mr William Beausire

Volume 974: debated on Monday 19 November 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if Her Majesty's Government will send a representative to be present at the trial of William Beausire before there is an exchange of ambassadors with Chile.

We are not aware of any trial in prospect concerning Mr. Beausire. The Chilean courts have recently agreed to reopen their inquiries into his disappearance. Our Embassy in Santiago will continue to assist in whatever way it can. As to an exchange of ambassadors, I have nothing to add to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) on 9 November.—[Vol. 973, c. 358.]