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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:04 am on 21st March 2019.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing) 11:04 am, 21st March 2019

In a recent answer to my hon. Friend Richard Burden, a Minister of State at the Foreign Office told him that the UK Government did not normally disclose how they intend to vote ahead of United Nations Human Rights Council meetings. However, this morning, writing in the Jewish Chronicle, the Foreign Secretary has confirmed that they intend to vote against all proposals under item No. 7 relating to the occupied Palestinian territories. Does the Leader of the House agree that if Ministers are telling Members of this House that the Government do not disclose their voting intentions, it is therefore completely inappropriate for them to announce those intentions elsewhere? Will she help to secure an urgent statement tomorrow from the Foreign Office on the Government’s voting intentions at this crucial meeting?