§ Mr. Madden
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what inquiries officials at the British embassy in Bahrain have undertaken into the detention of Mr. Yasser A. Al-Sayegh; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Dr. Liam Fox
Mr. Al-Sayegh has been in detention since 5 December 1996 for possessing and distributing illegal pamphlets. Mr. Al-Sayegh is a dual British-Bahraini national, living and working in Bahrain where he has a family. The Bahraini authorities do not recognise dual nationality and denied the British embassy consular access in February. The embassy has no jurisdiction to intervene in his case.