§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what legal factors he has to take account of with regard to the imposition of financial sanctions on Burma. 
§ Mr. Fatchett
Financial sanctions need to be compatible with the UK's international obligations. They are a matter for action by the European Community as a whole in accordance with the Treaty of Rome (Articles 73 (g) (1) and 228 (a)). They must also be compatible with membership of the World Trade Organisation. A mandatory United Nations Security Council Resolution would override these obligations but there is at present no consensus for such action.