To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 9 March (WA 49), whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has asked for copies of the monthly medical reports on Abdelbaset al-Megrahi sent to East Renfrewshire Council under the terms of his release; and whether they will commence monitoring his location in Libya or ask the Scottish Government to do so. [HL3223]
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not asked for copies of the monthly medical reports on Abdelbaset al-Megrahi sent to East Renfrewshire Council. It would not be appropriate for the FCO to ask the council for confidential medical reports. The FCO have no plans to monitor the location of Megrahi or to ask the Scottish Executive to do so.
East Renfrewshire was designated as the local authority responsible for monitoring Megrahi because his family lived in Newton Mearns during his imprisonment in Greenock Prison. It is for the devolved Administration in Scotland to decide how the location and health of Megrahi is monitored and it would therefore not be appropriate for the FCO to ask the Scottish Executive to monitor his location.