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International Criminal Court

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the level of support given to the International Criminal Court by the UK. [106137]

The UK is a strong supporter of the International Criminal Court. It is, after Germany and France, the third largest contributor to the first budget of the Court, our assessed share being 11.4 per cent. or euros 3,740,632 (approx £2.5 million). Mr. Justice Adrian Fulford was sworn-in as a Judge of the ICC on 11 March 2003. We contribute both unilaterally and through the EU Commission to the funding of a number of NGOs working in support of the court.I attended the inauguration of the ICC.Politically, the UK continues to encourage other states to ratify or accede to the ICC, both bilaterally and with EU partners in support of the EU Common Position on the ICC.