HC Deb 09 June 1989 vol 154 c262W
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 deaths the solemnisation and registration of marriages the performance of notarial acts the servicing of documents and taking of evidence duties 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 resort the maintenance of close and good relations with the British community the issue of passports.

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