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Convention on Human Trafficking

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the UK will ratify the convention on human trafficking; what work remains to be done prior to ratification; and if he will make a statement. (83744)

The UK is currently considering whether to sign the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Human Trafficking. In July last year a questionnaire was issued seeking information about the methods of support in place in other European Union countries. The responses to that questionnaire are now being analysed for evidence on how the automatic granting of reflection periods and residence permits to those presenting as victims of trafficking are operating in other European transit or destination countries where they have been introduced. A case-by-case approach, as operated in the United Kingdom, does not appear to be less effective at offering targeted support than these new approaches. The Government are examining how the convention’s approach could best be harmonised with effective immigration controls. They are also considering responses to the recent consultation paper on a proposed UK action plan on trafficking in humans. We intend to publish this action plan in the autumn.