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Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Ministry of Defence on tackling piracy on the high seas, with particular reference to the potential for asylum being claimed by arrested pirates; what guidance his Department has issued as a result of those discussions; and if he will make a statement. (203579)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) contribute to wider Government work on piracy issues and incidents that specifically affect UK citizens or assets. The FCO does not lead within Government on asylum issues and as such the Department has issued no guidance to the MoD on this matter.