HL Deb 21 February 2005 vol 669 c162WA
Lord Judd

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What action they are taking to expedite the successful conclusion of negotiations by the General Assembly of the United Nations to produce a comprehensive convention on terrorism with all the elements listed by the high-level panel on threats, challenges, and change, and explicitly covering all forms of terrorism, including state terrorism. [HL1334]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

The UK shares with other governments the objective of concluding a comprehensive convention on terrorism. We have been working to secure such a convention for many years. The draft convention is well developed with very few articles still outstanding. The first opportunity to move forward will come at the March meeting of the committee charged with developing these drafts. In preparation for this, we are engaging informally with partners to discuss how we can use the added momentum provided by the panel to break the deadlock.