Edward Peter Heslehurst
House of Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received regarding the case of Edward Peter Heslehurst; what action they have taken in this case; and what progress they have made towards enabling Mark Heslehurst to have access to his son, now in Cambodia.
Lord Howell of Guildford (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Conservative)
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is aware of Mr Heslehurst's case and Mr Heslehurst has been in contact with FCO officials both in London and the USA where he previously lived. I appreciate the difficult circumstances Mr Heslehurst is facing and sympathise with his distress in being separated from his son Edward.
Cambodia is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Therefore there are no international agreements in place to ensure the return of Mr Heslehurst's son to the UK, for custody to be decided here. The British Government are unable to interfere in legal proceedings in Cambodia or in any other country. The FCO has provided Mr Heslehurst with appropriate consular advice and assistance.