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Middle East (Christian Worship)

Volume 129: debated on Wednesday 9 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will give details of the arrangements made by Her Majesty's ambassador in Saudi Arabia, and by the British interests section in the embassy of the protecting power in Libya, for British subjects who wish to attend Christian worship at Easter, in the light of the ban on holding public Christian services in those countries.

The Saudi Arabian Government confirmed recently that Christians are permitted to worship individually according to their conscience. Her Majesty's ambassador in Riyadh has not made any special arrangements for British nationals to attend Christian worship at Easter.British nationals in Tripoli may attend the weekly religious services at either the Anglican, Roman Catholic or Non-Conformist Union church, and there is also a Roman Catholic church in Benghazi. The Anglican chaplain in Tripoli makes fortnightly visits to the 500-strong British community in Marsa A1 Brega and he also regularly visits the Anglican community in Benghazi.