Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has discussed the issue of environmental and social damage caused by Chevron-Texaco in Ecuador with his counterparts in the Ecuadorian and US Governments.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

This is a matter between Chevron and the Ecuadorean Government and it is for them to decide how to resolve the issue. We have not discussed with either the Ecuadorean Government or the US Administration.

The UK uses international fora to promote the highest environmental and regulatory standard for the extraction of petrochemicals, particularly in environmentally sensitive areas. We encourage state actors and private companies to adhere to these standards.

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