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European Social Charter

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the UK's (a) compliance with and (b) reporting to the European Committee of Social Rights on the European Social Charter. (161018)

The United Kingdom ratified the European Social Charter on 11 July 1962. The Government have accepted 60 of the charter's 72 paragraphs and believes that it is compliant with all of those accepted paragraphs. The UK complies with its reporting obligations in regard to the charter and between 1965 and 2006 submitted a total of 26 reports on its application. The United Kingdom's next report, which relates to the theme of employment, training and equal opportunities, will be submitted by the end of this year in line with the reporting timetable.