§ Mr. Greg Knight
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what services are made available by his Department to British travellers abroad.
§ Mr. Eggar
Her Majesty's embassies, high commissions and consulates around the world make available a range of statutory and non-statutory consular services to British travellers. Statutory functions includethe registration of births and deathsthe solemnisation and registration of marriagesthe performance of notarial actsthe servicing of documents and taking of evidenceduties under the Merchant Shipping Acts.
Non-Statutory functions include:the protection of British nationals and British institutions, including assistance in cases of death, illness, arrest, proposed deportation, etc.the relief and repatriation of distressed British nationals, as a last resortthe maintenance of close and good relations with the British communitythe issue of passports.