§ Mr. Michael Brown
asked the Lord Privy Seal what explanations have been received from the Government of Iran for the detention and imprisonment of British citizens in that country.
§ Mr. Hurd
We have made continuous and urgent representations to the Iranian Government over the four British citizens detained in Iran since August. The Iranian Government have been unable to provide a satisfactory explanation for their detention. It has undertaken to provide news of the health of these four people and of the conditions in which they are being held, and to obtain for us permission to exercise our right of access to these citizens. So far, these undertakings have not been honoured. We are continuing to press these cases through the channels open to us.