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Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Minister signed the Final Declaration of the London conference on combating anti-Semitism; and if he will make a statement. (264676)

My right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary signed the London Declaration on combating anti-Semitism in their capacity as parliamentarians.

The London Declaration was signed by 125 parliamentarians from 40 countries.

The Government are committed to combating anti-Semitism wherever and whenever it occurs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 41W, on anti-Semitism, what steps the Government plans to take to monitor and tackle anti-Semitism overseas; and if he will make a statement. (264677)

The recent London Conference on combating anti-Semitism, organised by the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism and co-hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, called for the establishment of an international task-force of internet specialists to measure racism and anti-Semitism online and propose international responses.

It also called for the exposure and isolation of governments and politicians engaging in hate against Jews, and urged the EU to address the issue of combating anti-Semitism.

We will work with the Inter-parliamentary Coalition and other partners on follow-up to the London Conference.