House of Lords written question – answered on 30th April 2012.

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Photo of Lord Smith of Finsbury Lord Smith of Finsbury Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Uganda about the Anti-Homosexuality Bill currently being promoted in the Ugandan parliament.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

The Ugandan anti-homosexuality Bill is a private member's Bill which has not been adopted by the Ugandan Government. We are raising our concerns about the Bill at the most senior levels. For example, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, my honourable friend Mr Bellingham, raised this issue when he met President Museveni in March. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Home Department, my honourable friend Ms Featherstone visited Uganda in April and also addressed our concerns with a number of senior government figures, including the Vice-President. We will also continue to support Ugandan civil society groups campaigning for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights.

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