HC Deb 31 January 2003 vol 398 cc1083-4W
Dr. Pugh

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice is being given to British subjects travelling to Saudi Arabia about terrorist threats to their safety; and what precautions they are being advised to take following the recent bombing. [93704]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

The Foreign Office's travel advice for Saudi Arabia warns British nationals that "Saudi Arabia is one of a number of countries where there is an increased threat to visible British institutions and organisations from global terrorism." It explains that "given the heightened tension in the Middle East region and the increased threat from global terrorism, UK nationals in Saudi Arabia should be vigilant, particularly in public places frequented by foreigners such as hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. Visitors and residents should follow political developments in the region; and observe the British Embassy's advice on personal and vehicle security." The travel advice also alerts British nationals to the recent series of bombings in Riyadh and Al Khobar where British nationals were among the victims.

Our travel advice is kept constantly under review. It is available on the Foreign Office website www.fco.gov.uk and the website for the British Embassy, Riyadh www.ukm.org.sa. The British Embassy in Riyadh also provides regular advice to British residents in Saudi Arabia through its wardens' network.