CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

TOPICAL QUESTION – SIMON MANN – 25 March 2008

Dr Julian Lewis: Following his abduction from Zimbabwe to Equatorial Guinea, my constituent Simon Mann has, as we all know, been paraded in front of media cameras, presumably so that he can say whatever it is that the regime wants him to say. His wife now tells me that our officials were denied consular access to him as recently as last week. Is that correct? If so, what are the Government doing about it, and is it not a sinister development when the media are allowed access, but our consular officials are denied it?

[The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Meg Munn): The Government have made it clear that we expect Simon Mann to be treated in line with internationally recognised standards, which includes in relation to the media. It is correct that our consular officials were refused access last week. We have made clear our concern to the Equatorial Guinean authorities and are urgently seeking access again.]