Kidnapping (Britons)

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 16th November 2004.

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Photo of Mr David Stewart Mr David Stewart PPS (Rt Hon Alistair Darling, Secretary of State), Department for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens have been kidnapped in foreign countries in the past five years.

Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Minister of State (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

holding answer 15 November 2004

According to our records, 74 British nationals have been reported kidnapped overseas in the last five years. However, not all kidnaps are notified to us. Some incidents are over very quickly and without any HMG involvement.

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