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British Nationality: Detainees

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 1183W, on British nationality: detainees, and with reference to the Minister of State's letter of 10 December 2008 to the hon. Member for Chichester, in how many of the four cases (a) the British nationals complained of mistreatment, (b) consular access was requested, (c) consular access was granted and (d) the detainees were visited by other British officials. (245488)

[holding answer 12 January 2009]: Two of the four British nationals alleged that they were ill-treated at the time of their release. However, we have no record of them pursuing the matter with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Consular access was requested in all four cases.

Consular access was granted to the two individuals detained in Bangladesh. Consular access was granted only to the two individuals detained in Syria at the end of their periods of detention, immediately prior to their deportation.

We can neither confirm nor deny whether other UK officials met any of these individuals to discuss non-consular matters.