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Spain (Detained British Citizens)

Volume 885: debated on Wednesday 29 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British subjects domiciled in the United Kingdom are at present serving custodial sentences imposed by Spanish courts; in how many cases appeals are pending; what is the estimated average length of time required to the determination of such appeals; and if he will make a statement.

According to our records, 42 British subjects, citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies, are serving sentences imposed by Spanish courts. Three have lodged appeals. The Spanish Ministry of Justice says that appeals are normally determined three to six months after they are lodged.