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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Mr John Wilkinson Mr John Wilkinson Conservative, Ruislip - Northwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects on British interests of the closure of the British embassies in (a) El Salvador, (b) Honduras and (c) Nicaragua.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The decision to close our embassies in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua was taken based on the need to align our resources with our priorities, to maximise efficiency and ensure that the UK has a cost-effective and flexible network of overseas representation.

However, we continue to have good relations, and work closely, with these countries. We have appointed non-resident Ambassadors to El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua to maintain British interests in the region through working visits, and we continue to provide consular services through Honorary Consuls in each country.

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