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Embassies: Terrorist Threats

Volume 597: debated on Tuesday 9 February 1999

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the United States decision to heavily fortify its embassies in Muslim countries may leave British embassies increasingly vulnerable to retaliatory attack, in the light of the unique support this country is giving to United States military action. [HL789]

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, working with the security and intelligence agencies, keeps the level of threat to our diplomatic missions and staff from terrorist or other forms of violence under constant review. The risk to each mission is assessed and appropriate physical or other protective measures are introduced as necessary, taking account of relevant local factors.