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Angola (British Mercenaries)

Volume 32: debated on Wednesday 24 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking with the Angolan Government to secure civilised conditions for the convicted British mercenaries held in that country.

While life in an Angolan jail inevitably has its hardships, the conditions under which these men are held are not intolerable. The prison regime is not severe: the men are rarely locked up at night and they have never complained about their accommodation. The Angolan authorities allow monthly consular visits when mail, parcels and food to supplement a basic but adequate diet are delivered. Medical requirements are brought immediately to the attention of the authorities who provide what treatment they can, including surgery. The men receive books and newspapers.