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Volume 981: debated on Monday 17 March 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what advice he has given to British subjects employed in Iran during the past year; and what representations have been made to the Iranian Government about the position of British subjects working there.

Throughout 1979 the situation in Iran was constantly changing. Our general advice was that British subjects should not visit Iran unless they had a pressing reason, though the decision was for them to take.The Government at present do not discourage British visitors on security grounds, providing they have good reasons for travelling to Iran. But the security and political situation in Iran continues to be unpredictable and it is important for British subjects to take adequate precautions while they are there. The British Embassy has made representations to the Iranian authorities and other Iranian employers on numerous occasions on behalf of British subjects who have worked or are working in Iran.