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UN Security Council

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to (a) China, (b) France, (c) the Russian Federation, (d) the United States, (e) Belgium, (f) the Republic of the Congo, (g) Ghana, (h) Indonesia, (i) Italy, (j) Panama, (k) Peru, (l) Qatar, (m) Slovakia and (n) South Africa on UK support for India gaining a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. (110741)

The United Kingdom's position on this issue is well known. Our support for Indian permanent membership of an enlarged UN Security Council has been publicly reiterated in recent months by several senior members of the Government: by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister in his foreign policy speech in Georgetown in May 2006; by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary during her visit to India in November 2006; and by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer during his visit to India in January 2007. We have not made direct representations to UN Security Council partners.