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Consular Arrangements

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Home Office on improving links between consular casework staff and UK law enforcement officials. (115940)

We have a good working relationship with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), a non-departmental body of the Home Office. We seek to maintain this by ensuring that our consular training courses include a session on notifying SOCA of serious crimes of which we are aware committed by British nationals overseas, and a consular official speaks on relevant SOCA training courses. My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary wrote to Cabinet colleagues on 16 January proposing a review of the way the Government share information on criminality. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will play a full role in that review.