HC Deb 20 May 1994 vol 243 c611W
Mr. Rowlands

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what measures his Department has taken to ensure that no products from forced labour camps in China are imported into the United Kingdom.

Mr. Needham

With limited exceptions, the importation into the United Kingdom of goods produced in any foreign prison or like establishment is banned by the Foreign Prison-Made Goods Act 1897, as amended in 1988. Enforcement of the Act is a matter for Her Majesty's Customs and Excise, which depends on receiving sufficient evidence, specific to the consignment concerned.