Dear Ministry of Defence,

I must first cite Hansard of 1971 and ask you to bear in mind this was before Bloody Sunday 1972 and before Scarman Report 1972 which published, I understand, the IRA Garland Plan in its appendices.

Hansard 1971

"1971 !!!
Hospital Emergency Generators
HC Deb 02 February 1971 vol 810 cc1451-2
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17. Mr. Judd asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will initiate an inquiry into the circumstances in which hospital emergency generators have failed to operate instantaneously in the event of power cuts; and whether he will make a statement.
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Mr. Alison Reports on significant failures of mechanical and electrical plant are sent to my Department, and I am aware of a failure at one hospital on which the manufacturer's report is awaited. If further inquiries show that standby generators designed to take up the load instantaneously failed to do so I will consider whether additional technical guidance should be issued.
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Mr. Judd I thank the hon. Gentleman for that reply. Would he not agree that, as this equipment is designed to deal with emergencies, it is by definition expected to deal with the unexpected, but that there are reasons to believe that. at the moment, it cannot fulfil this function? Will the hon. Gentleman speed action to allay public anxiety by having a full inquiry into the Health Service and hospitals as a whole?
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Mr. Alison The hon. Gentleman will know that in the older hospitals, where it is not possible to have dual circuitry conveying power both to essential and to non-esesntial services separately, there has to be some element of switching, taking up a slight amount of time, when a standby generator is brought into effect. However, we are carefully considering the routine engineers' reports to see whether further steps should be taken."

I remind you that you have had reports from Roger Evans MP Monmouth circa 1994 and from Jonathan Aitken MP 1996 and from Joan Walley MP more recently about 20o9

Roger reported the matters of sabotage at a torpedo factory and jointly reported the history of a prima facie case for sabotage, consistent with IRA Garland Plan, at a manufacturer of back up generators. Including a history of failures of hospital generators. The emphasis I make is "History". The fact that the first report of which I am aware of sabotage at that generator maker is 1981 does not imply the sabotage started in 1981.

I am prompted to make this FOI because of the prosecution decision for trial of a Bloody Sunday paratrooper.

It is a fact of history that subsequent to Bloody Sunday the OIRA (as it became known) went to ceasefire. The avowedly Marxist OIRA with alleged backing of Soviet took its class struggle and sabotage plan to ceasefire. It could be argued that Bloody Sunday changed the nature of the conflict from class struggle to sectarian bloodshed as it triggered popular recruitment to what became known as the Provisional IRA. The popular recruitment OIRA wanted to avoid as it would compromise security.

Please disclose what plans existed in 1971 to combat the sabotage plans of IRA and please disclose what plans existed after Bloody Sunday 1972.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Card

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Dear 38X-PolicyLegacy-FOI-Mailbox (MULTIUSER),

Thank you for your reply. You will find that in 2005 during election campaign Tony Blair directed that copies of my reports re sabotage of generator systems be forwarded to Northern Ireland Office. This was two years after a report of concern was sent by Gen De Chasterlain.

Since writing this FOI I have been given new information about the facts on Bloody Sunday and reported this to both NI and England Wales Attorneys General and to NI DPP for disclosure to defence of the soldier facing Bloody Sunday charges.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Card

Dear 38X-PolicyLegacy-FOI-Mailbox (MULTIUSER),

Thank you for your reply seeking more information

I would be happy to proceed either way. Perhaps if you look just for sabotage as it relates to emergency backup generators but bear in mind I also reported on Plessey Torpedoes at Newport Gwent and files were linked with Petbow Generators file at MOD Procurement MOD Police liaison Petbow generators and Plessey Torpedos>

I can tell you that IRA espionage for Soviet did not stop when OIRA went to ceasefire 1972 inasmuch as a Stowmarket based man stayed active who should, in my opinion, have been a line of inquiry in murder inquiry Airey Neave 1979 inasmuch as the man had been seeking information about Airey Neave in Suffolk some years before the murder. I am not saying it is a line of inquiry with high weight. I am saying it seems like a negligent inquiry. The Stowmarket IRA man was acquiring information about nuclear sub and V Bomber stand down status and Oman war by latching on to members of RAF and RN getting their leave dates in advance etc

You should find a reference to reports to police of sabotage at Petbow Generators in your case file re arrests 1987 of 21 TA HSF men 14 Platoon V Queens V TAVR. One of the arrested men was a long term associate of alleged saboteur and they were both long terms associates of the Reliance Guard at Deal Royal Marines Barracks bombing year 1989 The guard with the forged REME Record of service.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Card

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The response from you is overdue

Yours sincerely,

Richard Card

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Dear 38X-PolicyLegacy-FOI-Mailbox (MULTIUSER),
Thank you for your response

The key emergency generator failure re IRA deployment warnings for "Sugar Bomb Hoax" 1996 was the 1995 failure of Guys Hospital Petbow mains monitoring and back up power system. This system suffered an exactly similar incident in 1987 and this first incident was already on record with MOD before the 1995 repetition

If you apply FBI reliability expectations you will find that the chances of the hand of man (Saboteur) in the 1995 incident are 3 million million to one.

So we have an amusing situation that you won't spend the money to find reports that I wrote !!

The Bloody Sunday and Ballymurphy histories are tragic.

But I fear trying to explain to veterans that the IRA was avowedly Marxist (having been an official ally of Hitler WW2 !) and after raising class warfare avoiding sectarianism .. is too problematic.

So Thank you again for your efforts here. And I think we must leave it here.
Yours sincerely,

Richard Card