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Diplomatic Service

Volume 227: debated on Monday 28 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the countries where restrictions exist on personal travel by members of the diplomatic service.

It has been long-standing practice to give advice to all staff on the problems they may face in travelling to certain countries, and to require them to give notice of such visits, particularly if they have access to classified information. On security grounds we do not publish the list of countries concerned, but it is kept regularly under review.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those countries where marriage to, or cohabitation with, nationals is prohibited for employees of Her Majesty's diplomatic service; and when that list was last revised by reduction or addition.

Diplomatic service staff are not specifically prohibited from marrying, or cohabiting with non-British citizens. However, depending on circumstances, such relationships might affect an officer's postability or security clearance.