HC Deb 17 September 2003 vol 410 c789W
Llew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has during the United Kingdom presidency of the United Nations Security Council to increase the transparency of the Council's activities; and whether he plans to increase public knowledge of the content and implications of UNSC resolutions. [130369]

Mr. Rammell

I presented the Government's programme of work for the UK Presidency of the UN Security Council (UNSC) during the debate on the UN held in Westminster Hall on 11 September. The Programme of Work can be viewed on the website of the UK Mission to the UN in New York www.ukun.org. Wherever possible, UNSC activities are transparent, and the UK's Presidency includes a number of open meetings. For example, there have been Open Briefings on the Middle East and on Liberia, and there will be an Open Meeting on Sierra Leone and an Open Debate on Justice and the Rule of Law.

Press statements, Presidential statements and all UNSC Resolutions are available to the public, most readily on the UN's official website www.un.org. I also refer my hon. Friend to the United Kingdom in the United Nations Command Paper (Cm 5898).