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Lebanon: Overseas Residence

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to safeguard British nationals resident in Lebanon. (206581)

The safety of British nationals overseas is a high priority. The provision of consular support is one of our core services. Our embassy in Beirut maintains a civil contingency plan which focuses on the safety of British nationals in Lebanon. The plans are reviewed and updated regularly. At present, we do not anticipate having to set in motion an assisted evacuation. As a matter of course, we continue to monitor the situation and adjust our plans accordingly. One of our Rapid Deployment teams in London remains on standby to travel to Lebanon should the situation deteriorate. The travel advice pages on our website,

www.fco.gov.uk

have been regularly updated to reflect events. They offer guidance to British nationals in Lebanon whom, additionally, we are urging to register on-line with the embassy via LOCATE, a consular registration service.