Afghanistan: Entry Clearances

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 9th October 2008.

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Photo of Paddy Tipping Paddy Tipping Labour, Sherwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to extend the scheme of entry clearance operating for locally employed staff in Iraq to similar staff in Afghanistan.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The Iraq scheme was introduced in the context of a particular set of difficult circumstances including significant violence and intimidation of our Iraqi locally-engaged staff. There are no current requirements, and therefore no plans to extend the scheme to staff in Afghanistan at present, although this is kept under review. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is doing everything it can to discharge its duty of care to all staff serving in Afghanistan, within the constraints of the environment in which it operates.

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