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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Volume 712: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 22 June (WA 256), what is their assessment of the practical benefits to the people of the United Kingdom of allowing the right of individual petition under the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. [HL4637]

Assessment of the benefits will come in the light of the outcome of any applications that follow ratification. The Government will keep under review the applications that are made under this protocol, including how they are handled by the relevant committees at the United Nations, and whether the outcomes demonstrate significant additional benefits to people in the United Kingdom.