HL Deb 08 February 2005 vol 669 cc101-2WA
Lord Lester of Herne Hill

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the benefits to the United Kingdom of membership of the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the status of refugees. [HL1038]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

We are proud of the UK's record in providing a safe haven for refugees, many of whom are fleeing in fear of their lives from the most desperate human cruelty and we remain committed to the 1951 convention relating to the status of refugees.

The Government strongly believe in engaging with other states to address refugee and asylum issues. Membership of the UN Convention is vital to this objective. Membership also allows us to participate in UN led initiatives such as "Convention Plus" that build on the principles of the convention by addressing the challenges posed by refugee situations today.