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Previously classified documents reveal the UFO phenomenon was discussed at the highest level of government worldwide.
In December 1977, the Government used its influence to talk down a call by Grenada president Sir Eric Gairy for a UN agency to conduct research into alien sightings.
About a year later, the House of Lords held a debate on the subject of UFOs, the files show.
One of the documents describes a "War of the Worlds" incident in 1967 that was treated as a potentially real alien invasion of the UK.
The RAF was flooded with calls from the public reporting six small "flyin