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United Nations (Human Rights Convenants)

Volume 889: debated on Monday 24 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why the Government have not yet completed ratification of the United Nations Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and when the ratifications are likely to be completed.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken by Her Majesty's Government to obtain the ratification of the United Nations Covenants on human rights.

We are actively considering the question of ratification of the International Covenants on Human Rights. This involves a careful study of the law and practice of both the United Kingdom and the dependent territories. Our studies are going ahead with all possible speed but I cannot yet give a date by which ratification may be possible.