HC Deb 15 December 1999 vol 341 c370

10.1 pm

Mrs. Marion Roe (Broxbourne)

I wish to present a petition sponsored by Shout, which is an initiative of Big Take, a registered charity raising both awareness and funds to support specific projects aimed at providing education and training for children on the fringes of society. [Interruption.] The petition is signed by 134—[Interruption.]

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Michael J. Martin)

Order. I remind the House that good manners are expected; the hon. Lady is presenting a petition to the House.

Mrs. Roe

The petition is signed by 134 of my constituents, and states: The Petition of the people in Hoddesdon. Declares that Her Majesty's Government has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and therefore has a responsibility to do all it can to help end the exploitation of child labourers in overseas countries. The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons should urge the Secretary of State for International Development that all aid to countries such as Indonesia, India, Mali or Pakistan where child labour is known to be an extensive problem should have a reasonable percentage of the aid linked to a programme of education for the child labourers.

To lie upon the Table.