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Saudi Arabia Tunnel Disaster

Volume 181: debated on Friday 30 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement setting out the latest information about missing British citizens in Saudi Arabia following the tunnel disaster of 2 July.

The Saudi Arabian authorities are still unable to trace the three missing British pilgrims. Consular department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has obtained fingerprints of two of the pilgrims which are being sent out to Jedda for comparison with victims' fingerprints taken before burial. My hon. and learned Friend the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office raised this matter on 27 November 1990 with the Saudi Arabian ambassador, who agreed to provide all the assistance that he could.