CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

FOREIGN AFFAIRS – ESCAPE OF TALIBAN PRISONERS – 26 April 2011

Dr Julian Lewis: Can the Minister at least confirm the early report that suggests that instead of prisoners tunnelling out, accomplices tunnelled in to reach them? What does it indicate about the internal security of a prison if people are able to tunnel in and it proves possible to go from cell to cell assembling hundreds of prisoners so that they can take advantage of that outside help?

[The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Alistair Burt): I am grateful to my hon. Friend for such a detailed question. However, I am sure that although he will be disappointed, he will not be surprised to learn that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not yet have sufficient detail to confirm the veracity or otherwise of that report. It is such reports that lead, understandably, to our great concern about this case, and the need to find out exactly what has happened – and, of course, how we can ensure that such circumstances do not arise in future.]