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British Victims Overseas

Volume 400: debated on Wednesday 26 February 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases the British Government have dealt with involving British nationals abroad since 1997 who have (a) disappeared,(b) been murdered or suspected of being murdered,(c) been kidnapped or held hostage and (d) been incarcerated, broken down by country. [98458]

The information is as follows:

  • (a) Data on cases of British nationals who have disappeared abroad since 1997, broken down by country, cannot be easily obtained and the cost of doing so would be disproportionate.
  • (b) In respect of British nationals murdered overseas, I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my hon. Friend the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office (Mr. Bradshaw) to the hon. Member for Sevenoaks (Mr. Fallon) on 16 January 2002, Official Report, column 318W. This sets out the number of murders by country from 1996 to 2001.
  • British nationals kidnapped or held hostage overseas between 1997–2003
    Country1997199819992000200120022003Total
    Angola11
    Bangladesh11
    Cambodia11
    Chechnya233
    China11
    Colombia2114
    Cyprus11
    Czech republic22
    Democratic Republic of Congo112
    Ecuador11
    Ethiopia11
    Gaza (Occupied Territories)11
    Georgia1113
    Greece11
    Indonesia11
    Liberia44
    Nigeria441815643
    Philippines —22
    Russia33
    Sierra Leone31316
    Slovenia11
    Somalia1134
    South Africa11
    Sudan11
    Tajikistan11
    Turkey44
    Uganda66
    Yemen2154120
    Totals112841322061141