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Mark Pritchard: ...professional British diplomatic representation? That has a real impact on the welfare of British citizens. For instance, the lack of an embassy in Equatorial Guinea has an impact on the case of Mr. Simon Mann. Will the hon. Gentleman also condemn the fact that, prior to the treaty's ratification, the European Union has set up its first embassy—so-called—in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia?
Mark Pritchard: Does not the Simon Mann case underline the folly and short-sightedness of the Government in closing missions and embassies all over Africa? Twenty-three African nations have no British diplomatic representation at all, including Equatorial Guinea. Will the Minister give a commitment that Mr. Mann's rights will not be undermined as a result of the Government's short-sightedness?
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Government of Equatorial Guinea on improving prison conditions for Simon Mann.