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Travel Bans

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations her Department has received from those subject to travel bans, broken down by country; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of such bans. (101102)

I have been asked to reply.

The Government do not maintain a consolidated list of all representations from those subject to travel bans.

Travel bans can serve important purposes, eg to demonstrate the international community’s condemnation of a Government’s policies with respect to human rights, good governance, or democracy. They are also an important tool in the international community’s efforts to restrict the ability of terrorists to operate. The Government therefore believe they can be an effective tool.