§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what recent communications(a) he and (b) other ministers have had with their counterparts in the Irish Government with regard to the crash of the Aer Lingus aircraft in 1968; and if he will make a statement. 717W
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
Although my colleague, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the regions has not been in contact with the Irish Government over this issue, I met Mary O'Rourke, the Minister for Public Enterprise, to discuss this, and other issues on 25 January 1999.
It was agreed at the meeting that UK officials (including British Air Accident Investigators) would meet with their Irish counterparts in order to review all the known evidence recorded about the crash. A meeting was held on 27 January 1999.
The Officials will work together to try and narrow the possible options for the cause of the crash.