Bishop of Leeds asks about import bans on products produced by forced labour

The Bishop of Leeds received the following written answer on 16th November 2022:

The Lord Bishop of Leeds asked His Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to introducing an import ban on (1) all products produced by forced labour, and (2) on products produced by all Chinese companies listed as exploiting forced labour.

Viscount Younger of Leckie (Con): The United Kingdom is at the forefront of global efforts to eradicate modern-day slavery, including forced labour. The UK’s approach to tackling forced labour in global supply chains is focused on transparency and companies with a turnover of £36m or more are required to publish modern slavery statements. The Government has concerns about allegations of forced labour in China and works with international partners to hold China to account for any violation of human rights. Import bans are one of a range of tools that could be used to tackle forced labour in global supply chains and we continue to keep this policy response under close review.


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