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Middle East (British Citizens)

Volume 129: debated on Wednesday 9 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the number of British citizens currently in (a) Libya and (b) Syria; and what were the equivalent figures before Her Majesty's Government broke off diplomatic relations with those states.

There are estimated to be about 3,250 British citizens currently in Libya and 300 in Syria. The corresponding figures before we broke off relations with those states were 8,250 and 300.