UK UFO Cases : 1979 House of Lords UFO Debate

1979 Lords UFO Debate

This was to be the only full debate on UFOs held in the British Parliament on 18 January 1979. The debate was one of the best attended ever held in the Lords. Despite a rail strike and industrial disputes crippling the nation 60 peers took part and hundreds of onlookers – including famous UFO writers packed the gallery.

Lord Clancarty opened the session at 7pm and called attention to the increasing number of UFO sightings and landings reported across the world, and the need for an intra-governmental study of UFOs. He ended by asking the Government reveal publicly what they knew about the phenomenon.

Over a dozen Peers discussed various elements in favour and against the implementation of such a study. However the MoD had prepared their man, Lord Strabolgi, to combat the believers.

At around 10.10pm he stood up and spoke. He outlined the unimaginable distances that would make visits from outer space unlikely and how nothing had been detected that indicated there was anything threatening us with alien invasion. Rebutting Clancarty's claim that evidence existed of thousands of sightings he said :


“.......there is nothing to convince the Government that there has ever been a single visit by an alien spacecraft…..As for telling the public the truth about UFOs, the truth is simple. There really are many strange phenomena in the sky, and these are invariably reported by rational people. But there is a wide range of natural explanations to account for such phenomena. There is nothing to suggest to Her Majesty's Government that such phenomena are alien spacecraft.

Clancarty failed to persuade the Defence Minister to make a public televised statement on what the government knew about UFOs. No surprise there.



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