§ Mr. Caborn
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if Her Majesty's Government have contracted for private companies to provide physical security at British embassies in Central America.
§ Mr. Whitney
Yes. We use private contractors to carry out works on the physical security defences of office premises and residential accommodation in our embassies in Central America. At some of those embassies, guards are also hired from private security companies to provide protection for our staff.