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Lord Inglewood: The United Kingdom's reservations to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women are reviewed regularly. In June 1993 the Government announced it was withdrawing part of its reservation under Article 11 on underground work and its reservation under Article 13 on tax. All changes to reservations are fully reported in the Government's periodic reports to the Convention. The next UK report is due to be published in June 1995.
Lord Inglewood: The Council of Europe Steering Committee for Human Rights, on which the United Kingdom is represented, is currently considering the necessity for, and feasibility of, an optional protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights. The Government awaits the outcome of these discussions.
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Lord Inglewood: Additional resources have been allocated to the Employment Appeal Tribunal to cope with the rising caseload. As a result there has been a substantial reduction in waiting times from 24 months in 1993 to 13 months at the end of 1994 and the Government aim to continue this progress.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): We have informed the Government of Rwanda of our intention to replace the British Government's Liaison Office in Kigali with an Embassy as soon as protocol and staffing formalities permit. We have also established a temporary office in Bujumbura staffed by a Diplomatic Service officer.
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