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Taxation: Private Residence Relief


Asked by Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): No estimate has been made.

UN: Human Rights Council


Asked by Lord Hylton

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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): We did not consult the former President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, before voting in the UN Human Rights Council elections which took place on Tuesday 12 May 2009. As is usual in elections to UN bodies, the ballot was secret and details of voting are not made public.

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The UK is firmly committed to the UN Human Rights Council and to working to make it the most effective body possible for the promotion and protection of all human rights. We are devoting our efforts to making mechanisms of the council, such as the universal periodic review, effective and have no reform proposals at this stage.

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