§ Sir David Steel
To ask the Secretary of Stale for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance is being given to British nationals to leave Saudi Arabia following the cessation of civilian flights.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
We have arranged for British nationals to leave Saudi Arabia on Kuwait Airways flights694W from Dhahran. Only about 230 British nationals have taken up this opportunity. The last of these flights left on 30 January.
Saudia Airlines is operating a service of three flights a week between Jedda and the United Kingdom and a daily shuttle service between Jedda and Riyadh. British Airways will provide a similar service between London and Jedda from 31 January. It continues to be possible to travel without difficulty by road between Dhahran, Riyadh and Jedda.
The American military have also offered seats on their aircraft to British nationals.