HC Deb 20 July 1999 vol 335 c502W
27. Mr. David Atkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on parliamentary participation in the work of the United Nations General Assembly. [90484]

Mr. Tony Lloyd

We welcome and encourage parliamentary interest in the work of the United Nations (UN) and its organs. To this end, we organise and fund an all-party visit by Members of Parliament to the UN during the General Assembly every year. This provides an opportunity for participants to exchange views with senior UN representatives and to bring their insights back to their parliamentary work in London. We also support the strengthening of the ties between the Interparliamentary Union and the UN under their 1996 Co-operation Agreement; and between the Council of Europe and the UN.

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