Developing Countries Trading Scheme: Human Rights

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 22nd June 2022.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department plans to include human rights safeguards in its proposed Developing Countries Trading Scheme; and if she will make statement.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department's proposed Developing Countries Trading Scheme will include (a) equivalent or (b) improved human rights protections in comparison to the Generalised Scheme of Preferences; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The detailed proposals for the Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS) will be published in 2022. When these proposals are published, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade will provide a written ministerial statement.

HM Government believes that growing trading relationships increases UK influence in open conversations with partners on a range of difficult issues, including human rights. The UK will continue to show global leadership in encouraging all states to uphold international human rights obligations and hold those who violate human rights to account.

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