§ Mr. David Nicholson
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what international agreements the United Kingdom is party to which encourage discrimination against imported products which are produced by(a) slave labour and (b) child labour; and what representations he has had in 1992 on this subject.
§ Mr. Needham
No international agreements encourage discrimination of this sort. There are severe practical difficulties in identifying goods allegedly produced using such labour given the varied and complex channels of production and distribution which exist in international trade. My Department receives occasional representations that goods produced under such conditions represent unfair trade.