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Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which UK observers she expects to be in Venezuela for the forthcoming presidential election; when those observers will arrive in Venezuela; and how long after the election she expects them to remain. (104384)

The Government are supporting the European Union election observation mission (EOM) in Venezuela. UK observers form part of the team, which is approximately 120 strong. Most mission members are now in Venezuela. The leaders of the EOM are responsible for deciding exactly when the observers will finish their work and leave the country. We are also aware of an invitation from the Venezuelan electoral authorities to British academics, hon. Members, trade unionists and local councillors to observe the elections.