CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

BUSINESS QUESTION – ROYAL NAVY AND IRAN – 19 April 2007

Dr Julian Lewis: Before the disastrous mismanagement of the sale of the sailors' story came to overshadow everything else, on 28 March, when they were still captive, the Foreign Secretary made a couple of important points – namely, that the co-ordinates supplied by the Iranians had initially shown the boat to have been in Iraqi and not Iranian waters, and that, even if the boat had been in Iranian waters, the most the Iranians would have been entitled to do would have been to warn it off and tell it to return to Iraqi waters. In the light of all that, may we have a further statement from the Foreign Secretary explaining what action the Foreign Office has taken in the interim to bring before the UN what is clearly misconduct by the Iranians in respect of the Royal Navy fulfilling a task laid upon it in accordance with a UN resolution?

[The Leader of the House of Commons (Mr Jack Straw): I note the hon. Gentleman's point, but I think that it is better to have the inquiry under Lieutenant-General Sir Rob Fulton and then to have it the subject of consideration by the Defence Committee. Any further questions that need to be answered should be dealt with at that stage.]