§ Dr. Dickson Mabon
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Her Majesty's Government will sign the Council of Europe Convention providing a uniform law on arbitration; and whether he will now make an explanatory statement.
§ Mr. Anthony Royle
No. Her Majesty's Government do not intend to sign this Convention because the Uniform Law conflicts fundamentally with the law and long-established practice in the United Kingdom.