§ 9. Mr. Oakes
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what approaches have been made by Her Majesty's Government to the Syrian Government to obtain the release of British and other foreign citizens kidnapped in Lebanon, and to obtain assurances that such acts will not be repeated.
§ Mr. Luce
Her Majesty's ambassador at Damascus has on several occasions sought the help of the Syrian authorities in these deplorable kidnapping cases and the Syrian Government have undertaken to work for the early release of the victims. We were relieved to learn of the release of Mr. Nash and Mr. Levick and we are doing all we can to help Mr. Collett regain his freedom.437W
§ 28. Mr. Roy Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on recent events in the Lebanon.
§ Mr. Luce
We deeply regret continuing acts of violence in different parts of Lebanon, notably in the south. We welcome recent progress towards Israeli withdrawal from Lebanese territory, and Israeli statements that all Israeli forces will soon be withdrawn from Lebanon. We look for the early completion of this full withdrawal.
§ 40. Mr. Corbett
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the latest advice being given by Her Majesty's Government to British subjects, including diplomats, in Lebanon and specifically in west Beirut; and what measures he has taken to afford them protection.
§ Sir Geoffrey Howe
British nationals have been advised to leave West Beirut and where possible to defer visits to Lebanon for the time being. Appropriate measures are being taken to protect embassy staff and buildings in Beirut.