Fewer Britons arrested overseas
The number of Britons arrested overseas has fallen, Foreign Office (FO) figures show.
But the number needing hospital treatment increased in 2010/11 despite a dip in the number of visits abroad.
Total arrests in the 12 months ending March 2011 reached 5,700 - a reduction on 6,439 in 2009/10 and well down on the 2008/09 total of 6,919.
Arrests of Britons for drugs offences overseas totalled 799 in 2010/11 - almost 20% down on the 2009/10 figure of 994.
The number who needed to go to hospital abroad in 2010/11 reached 3,752 - slightly up on the 2009/10 total of 3,689.
In total, 19,228 Britons needed consular assistance abroad in 2010/11 compared with 19,839 the year before.
The FO statistics, which also relate to Britons living abroad, also showed that in 2010/11 Spain had the highest number (1,745) of arrests of Britons although proportionately, Britons were most likely to be arrested in Thailand where they were also most likely to need hospital treatment.
Two in three people did not always find out about the laws of the country they visited before travelling, while 32% were not aware they would always be prosecuted if they broke the law abroad
Minister for Europe David Lidington said: "Prison conditions in some parts of the world can be very poor, overcrowded and in some cases dangerous, and sentences can be much tougher than in the UK.
"People are mistaken if they think the FO can get you out of jail. We can't, but we will work hard to try and ensure your safety, and that you get a fair trial."