HC Deb 09 May 2002 vol 385 c308W
Mr. Spring

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what help the Government have given to the British planespotters in Greece(a) in assisting with providing expert witnesses for their case, (b) in helping them to meet their legal costs and (c) in ensuring that all relevant parties were aware of cultural differences that might be relevant to the case; and if he will make a statement. [54218]

Mr. Bradshaw

The case referred to by the hon. Member is a legal matter. The group since conviction have lodged an appeal. It would not be appropriate, therefore, for me to comment on the details of the case. The group are fully aware that the British Government do not pay legal costs for British nationals overseas, whether detained, convicted or acquitted. Through FCO travel advice we endeavour to inform the general public as best we can about potential risks when travelling overseas. We continue to offer full consular assistance to the group.

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