China: Human Rights

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:57 pm on 6th February 2006.

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Photo of Lord Triesman Lord Triesman Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) 2:57 pm, 6th February 2006

My Lords, it is really for Google to answer questions about the commercial decisions that it takes to co-operate with the Chinese Government on restrictions to the Internet. The United Kingdom Government, however, believe that freedom of information is essential to the development of a modern, sustainable and stable society. I have argued that with the Chinese Government on a number of occasions in respect of the World Service and access to the Internet, and I believe it is right to continue to do so.