HC Deb 19 February 1990 vol 167 cc591-2W
74. Mr. Maclennan

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what manner the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights and by the international covenant on civil and political rights are directly secured by domestic law to everyone within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

The provisions of our common and statute law have always recognised basic human rights and freedoms. New laws are drafted in the light of international conventions and covenants; and, where necessary, existing laws are amended in the light of international judgments to meet our obligations.

75. Mr. Rooker

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about compliance by the United Kingdom with covenants on civil and political rights, detailing how decisions of United Kingdom courts are communicated to international bodies monitoring such covenants.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

The United Kingdom fully meets its obligations under the various international instruments dealing with civil and political rights to which it is party. Details of court decisions relevant to a particular international instrument would normally be included in the United Kingdom's regular reports to treaty-monitoring bodies.