§ Mr. Geraint Howells
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British subjects are at present trapped in Addis Ababa; how many have been invited to shelter in the British embassy during the current crisis; and what steps have been taken to ensure the safety of those not resident in the embassy.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
The British community were advised to leave Ethiopia by the embassy on 23 May 1991. About 150 chose to remain. All were invited to shelter on the embassy compound. Over 60 accepted. All have now returned to their homes. The embassy remains in close touch with the community. Addis Ababa international airport reopened on 7 June 1991 and all British nationals are free to leave.