HL Deb 07 July 1987 vol 488 cc663-4WA
Baroness Macleod of Borve

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they submitted their initial report to the United Nations, due under Article 18 of the 1979 Convention, on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.

Lord Glenarthur

The report has been completed and was submitted to the United Nations Secretary-General on 25th June 1987. Copies have been placed in the Library. In the preparation of the report women's organisations were consulted, particularly through a seminar on the UN Convention and the reporting process held in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in February. This enabled the officials responsible for writing the report to take their view into account. The report acknowledges their activities and concerns. We shall be sending copies of the report to all those invited to the seminar and, upon request, to other organisations which express an interest. The fullness of the report underlines the seriousness with which we view our obligations under the Convention. We shall continue to develop our policies in the light of these obligations.