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Volume 401: debated on Tuesday 18 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received from interest groups in Britain regarding the abuse of human rights in Iran; and what discussions he has had with the Iranian authorities on the matter. [103350]

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary regularly receives a wide range of representations about the human rights situation in Iran. My right hon. Friend and I make a point of raising human rights whenever we see our Iranian counterparts including at the recent meeting between my right hon. Friend and the Iranian Foreign Minister on 6 February.