Third-world Trade

Petition – in the House of Commons at 9:48 pm on 29th November 1994.

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Photo of John Denham John Denham , Southampton, Itchen

I present to the House a petition containing 3,000 signatures which has been collected by members of various church youth organisations throughout the country who are concerned about the impact of unfair terms of trade on developing countries. It is a very healthy sign today, when we are concerned with our own national economy, that many young people are worried about other young people in developing countries. The young people declare that the way world trade is carried out at present causes unnecessary poverty for many people in Third World Countries. The petition goes on to state: The petitioners, therefore, ask that the House of Commons makes every effort within its power to ensure:a decent and fair price is paid to Third World Producers for products and raw materials imported into Europe and the United Kingdom,a lowering or removal of unfair tariffs and taxes on Third World imports to the UK which force up prices paid by consumers and make Third World products more difficult to sell,agreement, at an international level, of a set of standards and rules governing the way transnational companies deal with Third World producers".To lie upon the Table.