HC Deb 21 January 1981 vol 997 cc167-8W
Mr. Hardy

asked the Lord Privy Seal how many individual cases were dealt with by Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff when British citizens experienced injury or other difficulty whilst abroad; and how this number compares with five, 10 and 15 years earlier.

Mr. Luce

Assistance to United Kingdom nationals in difficulty overseas is afforded mainly by consular staff. It takes a wide variety of forms but in only a few circumstances—such as those where there might be a need to contact relatives in this country—are consuls required to report to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office cases of assistance rendered. As an illustration, 5,037 cases in 1974 and 5,618 cases in 1980 were reported to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Figures for the other years requested by the hon. Member cannot be provided without disproportionate cost.

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