HC Deb 25 November 1999 vol 339 c164W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the implementation of the OECD guidelines on multi-national enterprises will be on the agenda of November's WTO Seattle Round. [99247]

Mr. Byers

[holding answer 23 November 1999]: The OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises are under review in the OECD. There will be a report on the progress made for the OECD ministerial meeting in June 2000. Progress so far in the working group tasked with carrying out the review has been good, with broad agreement on how to bring the text of the Guidelines more up to date. There is also broad agreement that there has to be more effective implementation and wider dissemination of the Guidelines. We believe that the results of the review will make the Guidelines of greater relevance and use for business, other organisations and governments alike.

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