HC Deb 11 April 2000 vol 348 c339 1.23 am
Dr. Ian Gibson (Norwich, North)

I am delighted to present a petition from young constituents in Norwich who have drawn attention to an issue that is important to the Government and to the whole of Norwich and Norfolk.

The petition has been signed by 1,792 people and it states: To the House of Commons, The Petition of the people in Norwich, Declares that Her Majesty's Government has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and is therefore committed to children's rights and therefore has a responsibility to do all it can to help end the exploitation of child labour in overseas countries. It is amazing that young people have such commitment.

The petition continues: 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 child labourers. And the Petitioners remain. I commend the petition to the House and I am proud to present it on behalf of constituents in Norwich.

To lie upon the Table.

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