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Developing Countries: Cotton

International Development written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Labour, Wirral South

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the statement on cotton issued by the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States on 27 January 2010.

Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group made a statement on 27 January 2011 calling for an early resolution to the issue of cotton subsidies in the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The UK Government fully support the ACP Group position.

The UK Government are at the forefront of countries pushing for the removal of cotton subsidies as part of the Doha Development Agenda. We have and will continue to lobby the US bilaterally to remove their cotton subsidies.

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