HC Deb 20 June 1996 vol 279 cc576-9W
Mrs. Fyfe

To ask the President of the Board of Trade which British companies have current or planned investment in Burma of which he is aware; and what is its total value. [32359]

Mr. Nelson

[holding answer 18 June 1996]: It is not the practice of my Department to divulge information relating to British companies' individual investments overseas as this is considered commercially confidential. The British Government do not compile figures on the UK's total investment in Burma. However, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend Lord Fraser of Carmyllie on 19 March, Official Report, House of Lords, column 95.

Mrs. Fyfe

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make it his policy to discourage tourism to Burma. [32358]

Mr. Hanley

[holding answer 18 June]: I have been asked to reply.

We have no current plans to discourage tourism to Burma. We do not think that this would be an effective means of achieving the principal objective of our policy towards Burma, which is to persuade the State Law and Order Restoration Council—SLORC—to introduce democracy and full respect for human rights.

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