HC Deb 20 October 1981 vol 10 c103W
Mr. Michael Marshall

asked the Lord Privy Seal to what extent consular officers are able to offer legal advice or assistance to inquirers overseas.

Mr. Luce:

Consular officers are not qualified to give legal advice; it is in any event no part of the function of Government to do so. However, posts are normally able to provide a list of lawyers practising locally who will, of course, be familiar with local law and procedures.