HC Deb 02 February 1970 vol 795 cc18-9
25. Sir B. Janner

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Her Majesty's Government have yet acceded to the Genocide Convention.

Mr. Foley

The United Kingdom's Instrument of Accession to the Genocide Convention was deposited with the Secretary General of the United Nations on 30th January, 1970. The Convention will take effect for the United Kingdom on 30th April 1970.

Sir B. Janner

I wish to express my thanks to the Minister for this somewhat belated accession, but nevertheless this step will act as an inducement to other nations that have not yet signed the convention to do so. I am grateful to him.

Mr. Foley

The delay in ratification was due to the need to consult dependent territories and associated states to bring their legislation into line.

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