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Children: Employment

International Development written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Phillips Stephen Phillips Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will take steps to review any respects in which World Trade Organisation rules hinder prohibitions or other measures preventing child labour.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan The Minister of State, Department for International Development

World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements are based on the core principle of non-discrimination and are considered appropriate for regulating international trade. The International Labour Organisation is the correct forum to deal with labour standards and regularly collaborates with the WTO.

Incentives to tackle child labour are built into the trade agreements the UK is part of through sustainable development clauses, and in the conditions attached to the trade preferences provided to developing countries. As an incentive, additional trade preferences are provided to countries which sign up to and effectively implement good governance and human rights conventions.

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