Consular Officers (Legal Advice)

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 20 October 1981.

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Mr. Michael Marshall asked the Lord Privy Seal to what extent consular officers are able to offer legal advice or assistance to inquirers overseas.

Mr. Luce: Consular officers are not qualified to give legal advice; it is in any event no part of the function of Government to do so. However, posts are normally able to provide a list of lawyers practising locally who will, of course, be familiar with local law and procedures.