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Business of the House

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:33 am on 7th January 2016.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice) 10:33 am, 7th January 2016

On Tuesday the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr Ellwood told the House that

“there is no agreement on judicial co-operation”—[Hansard, 5 January 2016; Vol. 604, c. 97.]

in the memorandum of understanding between the UK and Saudi Governments, but the Ministry of Justice report to Parliament states:

“The Secretary of State visited Riyadh in September 2014 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Judicial Cooperation”.

The Government have refused to publish the memorandum so may we have a statement to explain that stark contradiction, unless the Leader of the House wishes to do so now, given that it was he, as the then Lord Chancellor, who signed it for the UK?