HC Deb 24 October 2001 vol 373 cc302-3W
Ms Oona King

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress member states have made in ratifying and implementing the provisions of the conventions relating to the elimination of forced and compulsory labour covered by the ILO's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. [8072]

Mr. Nicholas Brown

I have been asked to reply.

Out of a total of 175 member states, 159 have ratified ILO Convention 29 (Forced Labour), and 155 have ratified ILO Convention 105 (Abolition of Forced Labour). Member states which have ratified the Conventions must report to the ILO on implementation every two years, and member states which have not ratified must report on progress towards ratification every four years.