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Tourism: Death

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many deaths of British citizens have been reported in holiday resort areas in (a) Spain, (b) Italy and (c) Greece in each of the previous five years. (206697)

We do not maintain records of deaths specifically in resort areas. The following table provides the number of deaths of British nationals, including both UK visitors and UK residents, which required action by consular staff throughout Spain, Italy and Greece in each of the financial years from 2002-03 to 2006-07. All three countries were in the top five European destinations for UK tourists in 2006-07, and have a high number of UK residents.

Number of deaths of British nationals requiring action by Consular staff

Financial year

Country

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Spain

1,453

1,559

1,243

1,325

1,591

Italy

118

121

106

98

156

Greece

238

159

134

139

131