HC Deb 05 December 1983 vol 50 c15
69. Mr. Dubs

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to him, or to British embassies, concerning the work and activities of Voluntary Service Overseas volunteers.

The Minister for Overseas Development (Mr. Timothy Raison)

I have received no representations from overseas Governments, although discussions about the programme are held with them from time to time by me and by our embassies. I receive a good many letters from supporters of the programme in this country.

Mr. Dubs

Will the Minister explain why Belinda Coote, who was a Voluntary Service Overseas volunteer in Mindanao in the Philippines until August this year, was pressurised by the British embassy in Manilla, and why the British embassy brought pressure to bear on VSO so that she should not have her stay in the Philippines extended?

Mr. Raison

I understand that we put no pressure on VSO to dismiss Miss Coote.