asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has received representations about the repatriation to the United Kingdom of money and other assets owned by individuals formerly resident in Zimbabwe; and if he will raise this matter in his next meeting with the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe.
Yes. We take every opportunity to impress upon the Zimbabwe authorities the hardship which their controls can cause and the need to exercise flexibility wherever possible. Both my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and my right hon. and learned Friend have discussed this matter with Mr. Mugabe in recent months.
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British subjects are currently in detention in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.
We known of seven mono-British citizens detained in Zimbabwe. One is held under the Zimbabwean Emergency Powers Act; the remaining six have been convicted on various criminal charges. Our consular staff in Zimbabwe do all they properly can to help the detainees and, unless specifically requested not to, make prison visits.