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Madagascar

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements are in place in Madagascar for the representation of the interests of (a) British exporters and (b) British nationals; and if she will make a statement. (109833)

UK consular and commercial interests in Madagascar are represented through our high commission in Port Louis, Mauritius.

We continue to push for swift accreditation from the Government of Madagascar for our high commissioner in Mauritius to be non-resident ambassador to Madagascar and for our appointed honorary consul in Antananarivo. Until that authority has been granted to our honorary consul in Antananarivo, our high commission in Port Louis is dealing with all consular inquiries. A British honorary consul has been appointed in Toamasina, and has the necessary authority from the Government of Madagascar to act as the first point of contact for British nationals requiring consular assistance in the Toamasina region. The French embassy in Antananarivo has agreed to provide support for British nationals in the event of a serious consular incident in Madagascar.