Select Committee on Foreign Affairs First Special Report


Letter from the Chairman of the Committee to the Foreign Secretary on the draft International Criminal Court Bill (24 October 2000)

  At its meeting this morning, the Committee considered its response to the consultation on the draft Bill on the International Criminal Court.

  The Committee regrets that the consultation period took place during the summer recess, and that the publication of the draft Bill was postponed from 22 to 25 August.

  As the Committee has made plain on several occasions, our priority is that the legislation should be enacted as soon as possible. We therefore urge the Government to include the Bill in the Queen's Speech; to consider its introduction at an early date in the House of Lords, and to expedite its progress in both Houses.

Letter from the Foreign Secretary to the Chairman of the Committee on the draft International Criminal Court Bill (7 November 2000)

  Thank you for your letter of 24 October about the draft International Criminal Court Bill.

  I share the Foreign Affairs Committee's desire to see the UK to ratify the ICC Statute as soon as possible. The aim of consultation has indeed been to facilitate the Bill's smooth passage by ensuring that its provisions have been thoroughly reviewed prior to introduction. The Bill will be introduced as soon as the Parliamentary timetable allows. You will understand that I cannot be any more specific on timing in advance of The Queen's Speech.

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