||<p>The British Government is concerned about reports of kidnapping in Egypt. We have
been clear throughout recent events in Egypt that freedoms in the Egyptian constitution,
including of religious belief, need to be protected as a vital component of a democratic
society. Most recently, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs,
my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), and the
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon.
Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood), raised the need to protect human
rights in their meeting with the Egyptian Foreign Minister on 27 October.</p><p> </p>