Human Rights

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 14th September 2010.

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Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) 2:30 pm, 14th September 2010

We have seen U-turns on the scrapping of the annual human rights report and on the BBC World Service pulling out of Burma, not as a result of pressure from the Liberal Democrats but as a result of the Opposition's highlighting the intentions of the coalition Government. That raises serious questions about whether the Government's commitment to human rights is at the heart of British foreign policy.

May I ask the Foreign Secretary a very specific question? We have already seen £560,000 removed from the Foreign Office human rights and democracy budget this year, and not in terms of future spending review decisions. Can the Foreign Secretary assure the House that there will be no further reduction in funding for that part of the Foreign Office budget this year?

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