Before she flew to Scotland this morning, Mrs. Thatcher spoke of the disaster, saying that it was a terrible tragedy.
Everything that could be done would be done:
“I think we're all deeply concerned by it, deeply sympathetic to those relatives of the bereaved and deeply sympathetic to everyone who experienced it because it's going stay with them for a very, very long time. And Malcolm Rifkind was on the telephone earlier this morning to say that the disaster services and emergency services had been wonderful, and everyone was helping. We just wish we could do more to comfort, but everything that can be done will be done - so all hearts are beating as one with the relatives of the bereaved and the people who have been injured.”