§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the human rights situation in Bulgaria. 
§ Ms Quin
The Government believe that Bulgaria has made good progress on human rights in recent years. Positive developments in the past few months include the abolition of the death penalty and the ratification of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Further progress is needed, however, on the implementation at local level of human rights legislation.