Overseas Trade: China

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 1st February 2008.

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Photo of Brian Jenkins Brian Jenkins Labour, Tamworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many representations his Department has received from British businesses and service providers on non-payment for goods and services provided to Chinese companies.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Parliamentary Under-Secretary(Department for International Development) (Trade Policy) (also Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Trade and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for International Development), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

This information is not readily available as the Department does not maintain a central record of the representations it has received on this issue. Furthermore, the Department considers that the cost of retrieving and collating this information, for an unspecified number of years, would incur disproportionate cost.

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