§ 9. Mr. Tilney
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements he makes to assist United Kingdom citizens travelling in Europe when they are involved in accidents of any kind, and when the local British consulates are shut.
§ Mr. Tilney
Would the Minister remember the difficulties of a Lancashire doctor mountaineering when the British consulate in Barcelona was closed, and ensure that travellers know that the office of the Automobile Association in Boulogne is open for 24 hours a day?
§ Mr. Foley
Yes, Sir. I am aware of the particular incident. We do not have, of course, the manpower, nor is it normal, to have round-the-clock manning of consular posts. However, arrangements do exist at career diplomatic posts for such arrangements, and they can be reached by telephone. I am aware, of course, of the services offered by the Automobile Association. Clearly, all people travelling overseas are advised to contact it, and insurance brokers, and so on.