HC Deb 11 January 1999 vol 323 c83W
Mr. Stinchcombe

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to set up a Committee on Human Rights to investigate human rights abuses abroad. [65003]

Mr. Tony Lloyd

We have no immediate plans to set up a Committee on Human Rights. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office receives full information on human rights violations abroad, including from UK official sources diplomatic reporting, international organisations and from non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and the media, including the BBC Monitoring Service from Caversham. The FCO also receives relevant human rights reports by other governments, including the State Department's Annual Report. All this information is routinely available to all FCO officials.

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