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 Thangam Debbonaire Thangam Debbonaire Opposition Whip (Commons) 5:07 pm, 11th March 2020

I am not going to make a point of order, Mr Hosie. I am going to ask the Minister if he would reconsider that uncharacteristically ungenerous characterisation of what I said. I absolutely said that we welcome trade agreements. I said that I welcome trade agreements. I also quoted from NGOs in the developing world—not my view but the views of those from the developing world themselves, from Commonwealth organisations, whom I have met in my work—who have themselves talked about some of the problems that emerge from some trade agreements. I was very careful in my choice of words and I was most definitely not opposing all trade agreements—very far from it. I do hope he will reconsider.