Government should mark all products sold in our shops which contain components from Xinjiang as “May be made by slave labour.” Minister outlines some first steps.

Dec 13, 2021 | Parliament

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL4447):

Question by Lord Alton of Liverpool :
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they have taken to implement the four steps to address modern day slavery, as announced by the then-Foreign Secretary in a statement to the House of Commons on 12 January; and what assessment they have made of their effects. (HL4447)

Tabled on: 29 November 2021

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

The Government is committed to tackling the issue of Uyghur forced labour in supply chains. The ambitious range of measures we announced in January will help ensure that no UK organisation is complicit through their supply chains in the human rights violations occurring in Xinjiang.

We are making good progress in implementing these measures. Our guidance to businesses has been updated; Ministers and officials have engaged with UK businesses and trade bodies; the review of export controls is underway; and we will introduce financial penalties under the Modern Slavery Act as soon as parliamentary time allows.

Date and time of answer: 13 Dec 2021 at 12:14.

Lord David Alton

For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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