§ Mr. Higgins
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide has been ratified by the United Kingdom or not; in the latter case, what are the reasons for the delay; and what steps must be taken to ensure its ratification in the near future.
§ Mr. Padley
As my hon. Friend the Minister of State said in the House on 15th November, 1965, Her Majesty's Government have decided that the United Kingdom should accede to this Convention. It is now necessary to introduce legislation to bring our domestic law into line with the Convention. This will be done as soon as the legislative programme permits. Accession will take place as soon as possible after the legislation has been enacted.