British National (Overseas): Detainees

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd January 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of detainees abroad who hold a British National (Overseas) passport who have been provided with consular assistance in the last 12 months.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

In the last 12 months the FCO has responded to 16 new requests for assistance from British Nationals (Overseas) who were arrested or detained. As of December 2019 the FCO was providing ongoing assistance to 44 British Nationals (Overseas) in detention. We provide tailored assistance upon request to all British national detainees abroad, including British nationals (overseas). This varies according to individual circumstances and local conditions but the types of consular support we can provide is set out in the online document ‘Support for British nationals abroad: a guide’, available on the GOV.UK website.

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