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Gambia: Politics and Government

Volume 492: debated on Wednesday 20 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions consular staff in the Gambia have visited David and Fiona Fulton in detention; and what consular services have been provided to David and Fiona Fulton. (275333)

I cannot comment on Mrs. Fiona Fulton as she has not given permission for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to discuss her case with third parties. Consular staff have visited Mr. Fulton 13 times. We are monitoring this case closely and will continue to make regular visits. Our primary concern when British nationals are detained overseas is for their welfare. We have provided Mr. Fulton with support and information and liaised with the Gambian authorities as appropriate, and continue to keep his family updated on progress.