Her Majesty's Government recognise their duty to warn British communities in foreign countries when their lives and property appear to be endangered. The nature of the warning depends on the circumstances. The responsibility for deciding what action to take on receipt of a warning rests on each individual and on the organisation to which he or she is attached.
I recognise the importance of this subject. The timing of such a warning is a delicate matter in which consideration for the safety of British lives and property has to be weighed against the risk of causing unnecessary alarm and hardship.