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article imageAliens welcome in Glasgow says City Council

By Amanda Payne     Feb 11, 2013 in Odd News
It's one of the stranger requests from the FOI Act but in response to a member of the public's enquiry about "what provisions have been put in place for our inevitable encounter" with aliens, Glasgow City Council said they would be welcome.
The Freedom of Information Act allows members of the public and others to enquire into government policies. One member of the public in Glasgow had a particular concern regarding the City's response to a visit from outer space.
Dr Kenneth Meechan, head of information governance, said that as Glasgow "covers around 0.008% of the world’s population and 0.00003% of the total surface of the earth/0.00012% of the land area", it was unlikely that visitors from outer space would be dropping in any time soon. He continued by saying that protocols are in place through international agreements such as the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 and the STEI committee in the USA, should such an event occur.
"Glasgow is of course a vibrant and exciting city for visitors and has been awarded any number of accolades by national and international travel guides.We are sure that any (non-hostile) alien visitors would want to include Glasgow in their list of places to visit, and we can assure them of a warm and peaceful welcome."
The Scottish Sun reported that "boffins used a complex equation to decide that the prospect of extra terrestrials landing in Glasgow is unlikely." The paper quoted a council source as saying “We like to go the extra mile to answer freedom of information requests — even if the truth isn’t out there.”
Scottish Television channel STV reports that the council does not have any concrete plans should some visitors from a distant galaxy decide to pop in to try a dram of whisky and some haggis but that they would be made just as welcome in Glasgow as any other visitors, as long as they come in peace.
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