British Nationals Abroad: Detainees

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what information his Department holds on the average length of time British citizens have been detained overseas in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The FCDO provides consular assistance in approximately 5000 new cases of arrest or detention overseas each year. We do not hold information on the average length of time British nationals have been detained overseas. Our consular officers monitor the welfare of British people in foreign custody and offer them non-judgemental support and assistance in line with our public guidance on, however long or short their time in detention.

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