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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 23rd April 2012.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Chinese Government on investigating the events leading up to and following the death of Neil Heywood in Chongqing in November 2011.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The British Government's policy is to seek a full investigation of the circumstances surrounding Mr Heywood's death.

As the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the right hon. Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) set out in his written ministerial statement of 17 April 2012, Hansard, columns 17-18WS, we welcome the fact that the Chinese authorities have now committed themselves to undertake the investigation into Mr Heywood's death that we sought. We will continue to engage with the Chinese authorities on the progress of this investigation and we stand ready to provide any assistance necessary.

Further to this announcement, the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary raised Mr Heywood's case with Mr Li Changchun, Politburo Standing Committee member, on 17 April 2012 during his visit to the UK.

The Deputy Prime Minister also raised Mr Heywood's case with Madame Liu Yandong, First State Councillor of the People's Republic of China, on 16 April 2012.

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