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UN Security Council

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Cotswold of 2 January, Official Report, column 1647W, on the UN Security Council, what the Government policy is on giving a veto to representatives from (a) Germany, (b) Japan, (c) India, (d) Brazil and (e) an African representative as part of a permanent membership of an enlarged UN Security Council. (122800)

The UK takes its responsibilities as a permanent member of the UN Security Council seriously and has regularly voiced its clear support for Council reform. However, the Government do not support expanding veto rights to any new permanent members. An expansion of veto powers is unlikely to be accepted by the wider UN membership.