§ Mrs. McKenna
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent signing by Bahrain of the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. 
§ Mr. Fatchett
We welcome the news of any country ratifying the core human rights instruments. The recent ratification of the Convention Against Torture by the State of Bahrain is to be welcomed. We look forward to continued improvements in human rights in Bahrain. We have indicated to the Government of Bahrain that we will assist them, in whatever way possible, to achieve this objective.