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Human Trafficking

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what stage the Government have reached in preparing for (a) signing and (b) ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on trafficking. (76675)

The Home Office is currently assessing whether to sign the Council of Europe Convention. Whilst the UK supports the multiple aims of the Convention there are certain provisions which present concerns and which remain under consideration. The Home Office recently sought views on aspects of the Convention in the consultation paper ‘Tackling Human Trafficking-Consultation on Proposals for a UK Action Plan’. In reaching a decision on signature we will take into account the views expressed by respondents. A summary of responses to the consultation will be published shortly.