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UK Presidency (G8)

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 5 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the priorities of his Department are for the UK presidency of the G8. (26647)

Many of the priorities for the UK Presidency of the G8 related to the Secure and Facilitated Travel Initiative (SAFTI) a series of measures designed to improve travel security. By the end of our presidency, 20 SAFTI projects had been completed with four carrying into the Russian presidency. We also completed the International Child Sexual Exploitation Database Implementation Study, agreed a document setting out best practice in dealing with internet content, best practice for law enforcement and network providers on preventing and investigating various forms of electronic attack and organised a workshop in Nigeria dealing with the tracing and return of assets.

We also introduced a number of new initiatives, on the unlawful international supply of firearms for criminal use and in developing mechanisms to enable countries to share DNA data for intelligence purposes in the investigation of crime. At the ministerial meeting held in Sheffield in 2005 Ministers a greed to further work on biometrics, advanced passenger information, human trafficking, drug production in Afghanistan, internet crime and measures to tackle crime and corruption in Africa.