HC Deb 23 June 2004 vol 422 c1431W
Mr. Hoyle

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make grants to sports clubs and associations conditional on their use and purchase only of equipment which has not been manufactured using child labour. [179773]

Mr. Caborn

The Government are strongly committed to helping eliminate child labour throughout the world and fully support the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in this area. Although sports governing bodies do not have the resources to enable them to research how equipment funded by grants has been manufactured, the Government do urge all UK importing industries to be scrupulous in their choice of suppliers and ensure that they uphold the ILO core labour standards, including those on child labour. The UK has ratified all of the related ILO core Conventions and has provided £15 million to the ILO's International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour.

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