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Women in the Commonwealth: Trade and Investment

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:07 pm on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) 5:07 pm, 11th March 2020

To impose such standards on them would effectively mean that the women—business people and others—in those countries would be barred from access to our markets by what comes together as a coherent view that opposes liberalisation and that puts up artificial barriers to those who cannot match the standards we take for granted. Thus, it does the exact opposite of what the hon. Lady would wish to do, which is to empower and strengthen the economic role of women in the developing world. I have to say that I fundamentally and totally reject that attitude, which unfortunately has infected the whole of the Labour party since the current leadership has been in place. I happily give way to the hon. Lady.