HC Deb 27 November 2001 vol 375 c801W
31. Mr. Lammy

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of the Kimberley process and the implementation of an effective global certification scheme for rough diamonds. [15455]

Peter Hain

The Kimberley process is meeting in Botswana. On the final day of the meeting (29 November) Ministers and senior officials will, I hope, agree that the detailed proposals for a global certification scheme for rough diamonds, which have been developed over the last nine months by the process, are ready to be presented for endorsement by the UN General Assembly early next year.

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