HC Deb 02 May 1967 vol 746 c293
12. Mr. Maudling

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs on what principles High Commissioners are instructed to act in protection of United Kingdom citizens in Commonwealth countries.

Mr. Bowden

The principles on which the practice of High Commissioners is based in relation to protection of United Kingdom citizens do not differ from those applicable in foreign countries. It is the duty of High Commissioners to watch over and, where appropriate in accordance with such principles and with Commonwealth practice, to intercede in the interests of their protection.

Mr. Maudling

In view of the considerable concern about some recent incidents, is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there will be considerable satisfaction at his assurance that our High Commissioners have the same duty as Ambassadors in foreign countries?

Mr. Bowden

Yes, Sir, it is precisely the same. It is the duty of our High Commissioners, on behalf of British nationals, to seek access in cases where they are charged with any criminal offences.

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