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Simon Mann

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th December 2006.

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Photo of James Arbuthnot James Arbuthnot Chair, Defence Committee, Chair, Defence Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what access to consular services is available to Simon Mann, who is in prison in Zimbabwe.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Mr. Mann has access to the same level of consular assistance as any other British national who is in prison. With all British nationals detained overseas, we aim to make contact within 24 hours of being told about the arrest, and visit as soon as possible. Throughout the duration of detention, our consular staff are there to provide support, take an interest in welfare and where appropriate consider approaching the local authorities if a prisoner is not treated in line with internationally accepted standards.

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