Overseas Trade

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 12th October 2018.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a human trafficking-risk index to support a sustainable trade policy that removes modern-day slavery practices from global supply chains; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of George Hollingbery George Hollingbery Minister of State (International Trade)

We are looking at all options as we design the UK’s future trade policy. This includes possible labour protection provisions such as those that might support UK work with international partners and businesses to tackle modern slavery in global supply chains. The UK has long supported the promotion of our values globally, and we have been clear that more trade doesn’t have to come at the expense or exploitation of workers.

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