Detainee Issues - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:11 pm on 18th July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Deben Lord Deben Conservative 4:11 pm, 18th July 2019

Is it not rather surprising that only now is it suggested to people that if they become aware of such a matter they should report it? After all, any company that becomes aware of such a matter in its supply chain has a legal requirement to report it and can be held responsible. This is, in a sense, part of our supply chain and I find it extraordinary that we did not take that view before. It is for that reason that I am not surprised that the public as a whole are pretty questioning about the degree to which we are prepared to own up to our responsibility in these circumstances. Perhaps further measures should be taken, merely for public confidence.