§ Mr. Hurd
Over the past year the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has given advice in 42 cases in which children have been taken abroad by one parent against the wishes of the other.
In all cases it is for the courts of the country where the children are to decide which parent should be given custody. It is up to the aggrieved parent to decide, on the basis of legal advice, what action he or she should take. But the Foreign and Commonweath Office will give whatever useful help it can to parents who face problems of this kind. To this end we have issued new guidance to our consular posts.