HC Deb 25 May 1995 vol 260 cc667-8W
Sir Donald Thompson

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 3 March,Official Report, column 731, what further actions are necessary prior to ratification by the United Kingdom of the Council of Europe framework convention for the protection of national minorities; when he expects these actions to be completed; and if he will make a statement. [25473]

Mr. David Davis

The framework convention accords closely with our national legislation and policies on non-discrimination equality of opportunity, hence our decision in principle to ratify it. There are some technical points which we wish to consider further before ratifying.