§ Mr. David Watkins
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements are in hand for the evacuation of British citizens from Lebanon.
§ Mr. Hurd
On 24 June a chartered ship, the "Royal Prince", was sent to Jounieh, just north of Beirut, to evacuate those British subjects wishing to leave the Lebanon for Cyprus. 358 people were evacuated, of whom, 152 were United Kingdom citizens. The BBC overseas service has also broadcast a message that United Kingdom passport holders may leave southern Lebanon via Israel. We are keeping the situation under constant review.