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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:08 pm on 24th March 2005.

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Photo of Mike Gapes Mike Gapes Labour/Co-operative, Ilford South 1:08 pm, 24th March 2005

On China, may I draw to my right hon. Friend's attention the Quadripartite Committee's report, published today, in which four Select Committees express strong reservations about any premature lifting of the arms embargo? Was there any discussion in the margins of the meeting? Will my right hon. Friend be reinforced in his view by the unanimous view of all the members of those four Committees, based on our experience of talking to members of the US Congress and other discussions about the damaging impact on British companies of a premature lifting of the embargo?