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Chile: Home Secretary's Visit

Volume 597: debated on Wednesday 17 February 1999

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 18 January (

WA 88) about the visit of the Home Secretary to Chile in 1966, whether the Home Secretary engaged in any political activity; and, if so, whether they will give full details. [HL928]

My right honourable friend the Home Secretary tells me that during his stay he met a number of Chilean students in the Chilean Students' Federation and talked about politics and other subjects. But at this distance of over 32 years he cannot recall anything which could be defined as "political activity" beyond that. In October 1966, my right honourable friend published an article in the Tribune newspaper on the prospects of reform under the then Government of President Frei. A copy of the article is in the Library.