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Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she supports the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe’s proposals to develop standards aimed at preventing (a) secret detention, (b) enforced disappearances and (c) rendition; and when she expects the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers to discuss the issue next. (95566)

The Government have a duty to protect the United Kingdom from international terrorism. In this, as in other areas, the Government are fully committed to the protection of human rights. Measures taken to counter terrorism must be legal and proportionate

The UK co-operated fully with the Secretary-General’s requests for information under Article 52 of the European Convention of Human Rights earlier this year on rendition and with the inquiry held by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The Secretary-General has proposed three new legal instruments concerning the regulation of the security services, civil and state aircraft, and state immunity. The Government have significant reservations about the proposals tabled by the Secretary-General. No date has yet been set for a meeting of the Committee of Ministers on the proposals.