§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representation he has made to the Government of the Republic of China on the recent persecution of Christians in Shaanxi province; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Goodlad
We are aware of this disturbing report through our contacts with Amnesty International and other non-government organisations. Although we have not raised this particular matter, we regularly raise human rights, including the continued persecution of religious believers, with the Chinese authorities, urging them to adhere to international standards of behaviour.