HC Deb 15 September 2003 vol 410 cc594-5W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made with the Government's request to release Mr. Peter Bleach from India; and what action will be taken if Mr. Bleach is released into UK custody by the Indian authorities. [129761]

Mr. Rammell

During his visit to the UK in June, the Indian Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. L K Advani, gave assurances to my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary that he would take a fresh look at Mr. Bleach's case. Our High Commission in New Delhi continues to make representations to the Government of India about Mr. Bleach's case.

In the event of Mr. Bleach's release, we understand the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs will notify our Posts in Kolkata and New Delhi, where consular officers stand ready to make the practical arrangements for Mr. Bleach's return to the UK.

The British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata remains in close contact with Mr. Bleach about his case. Our consular staff in Kolkata will continue to visit Mr. Bleach regularly and do all they properly can to help him, and will let him know immediately of any developments.

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