This evidence session is the first of the Committee’s inquiry into FCO consular services.
Tuesday 4 February 2014, Grimond Room, Portcullis House
- Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive, ABTA
- Bruno Min, Assistance Coordinator, Fair Trials International
- Kevin Laue, Legal Advisor, Redress
- Eve Henderson, Director and Co-founder of SAMM Abroad
Purpose of session
The committee will first hear from ABTA, the travel association, about its assessment of the FCO’s public information and safety campaigns, its general consular work and its recently revised crisis response.
The following two panels will allow the Committee to hear from three organisations that respond to British nationals and their families when they encounter problems abroad, or provide support at home: Fair Trials International, REDRESS, and Support After Murder and Manslaughter Abroad (SAMM Abroad). This will give the Committee the opportunity to explore how the FCO responds to some of the most serious problems encountered by British nationals abroad, including detention, mistreatment and death, as well as the FCO’s assistance and support for their families at home.
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