asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the names of the United Kingdom delegates to the United Nations Congress in Caracas on the prevention of crime and the treatment of offenders; what criteria were employed in their selection; and what consultations there have been about participants with non-governmental organisations.
The United Kingdom will be represented by a delegation led by Mr. Anthony Brennan, Deputy Under-Secretary of State, Home Office, who is a member of the United Nations Committee on Crime Prevention and Control. The list of the delegation has not yet been finally determined, but it will consist of senior officials drawn from a number of Departments on the basis of their expert knowledge of the topics on the Congress agenda. Representatives of non-governmental organisations in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council are eligible to participate separately in the Congress.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what line Her Majesty's Government will he taking on the abolition of the death penalty at the United Nations Congress on the prevention of crime and the treatment of offenders.
The United Kingdom delegation will reaffirm the view of Her Majesty's Government that this is an issue for each country to decide by its own constitutional processes, and will draw attention to the recent vote of this House against the restoration of the death penalty for murder.