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UN: Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Volume 711: debated on Wednesday 10 June 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what number and percentage of the submissions to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at its 42nd session in Geneva from 4 to 22 May were related to Northern Ireland. [HL3988]

This information is detailed on the committee's website at www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies.cescr.cescrs42.htm.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government why no Northern Ireland Office representatives were present in Geneva in May when the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights considered the combined fourth to fifth periodic report of the United Kingdom on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. [HL3989]

The Ministry of Justice led a delegation of officials from several government departments and devolved Administrations. Most of the issues raised in relation to Northern Ireland in the combined fourth and fifth periodic report fell within the remit of the Northern Ireland Executive. Given the limited role for the Northern Ireland Office in relation to this examination, it was not considered to be an effective use of public money to send Northern Ireland Office officials to the examination.