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Special Operations

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on BA flight 149 to Kuala Lumpur via Kuwait, 2 August 2003, with particular reference to the involvement of a team of operatives commissioned by her Department. (95301)

I believe the hon. Member is referring to BA flight 149 to Kuala Lumpur via Kuwait, which landed in Kuwait on 2 August 1990.

The previous Government have previously outlined the facts of this flight to the House through the then Prime Minister's (right hon. Baroness Thatcher) statement on 6 September 1990, Official Report, columns 734-43. In any case, it is the long-standing policy of the Government not to comment on operational intelligence matters or the activities of UK special forces.