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Diplomatic Missions

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 4 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 16 May 2003, Official Report, column 497W, what information he has on the facilities provided by other diplomatic missions for people to get a message about their health and safety to relatives in the UK. [116139]

When a British national gets into difficulties overseas, the nearest British Consulate or embassy will make every effort to inform the next of kin in the UK. In cases of serious accidents or deaths, we ask the police in the UK to deliver the news personally.We expect foreign nationals with relatives or friends in the UK to contact their own Consulate for assistance.