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Tom Hurndall

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance her Department is providing to the family of Tom Hurndall in persuading the Israeli authorities to negotiate over the outstanding claim. (94804)

I understand that the Hurndall family is pursuing a private compensation claim. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office cannot get involved in negotiations for compensation, but has raised the case of Tom Hurndall with the Israeli Government on many occasions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she last raised the case of the killing of Tom Hurndall with the Israeli authorities; and if she will make a statement. (94853)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary last raised the case of Tom Hurndall with the Israeli Foreign Minister on 12 June. The Attorney-General has also been in contact with the Israeli Attorney-General about the case.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when (a) Ministers and (b) officials from her Department last met the family of Tom Hurndall; and what actions she has taken in the last four months in response to the family’s requests. (94855)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary last met the family of Tom Hurndall on 6 July. The Foreign Secretary and the family agreed to wait for an Israeli response to my noble and learned Friend the Attorney-General’s requests for information in May before considering possible next steps.