HC Deb 01 February 1979 vol 961 c563W
Mr. Churchill

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many British subjects have been engaged in defence contract work in Iran; and how many of these remain today; and what steps are being taken to provide for their safety.

Dr. Gilbert

In November 1977 about 1,100 British subjects were engaged in defence contract work in Iran. About 300 are still in Iran. The British Embassy has advised non-essential United Kingdom personnel and all dependants to leave the country. The Embassy is taking all practicable steps to ensure the safety of those remaining.

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