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Ministerial Meetings (United States Death Penalty)

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates Ministers in his Department have held meetings with members and officials of the United States administration since 8 June 2001 to discuss the use of the death penalty in the United States of America; where each meeting took place; which Ministers were involved in each meeting; which United States administration departments attended each meeting; and which members and officials from the United States administration attended each of these meetings. [107399]

The British Government opposes the death penalty in all circumstances, and makes clear its position to the US Government at every appropriate opportunity. We do this not only in terms of general policy, but also on specific cases. We have also joined EU partners on regular demarches over the last two years on specific cases at State and Federal level.The information needed to answer the detail of the hon. Member's question is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.