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Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if any British representative has been present at any meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Commission or any other UN agency when allegations have been made about violations of human rights in Bolivia; and if, on any such occasion, there has been any statement on behalf of Her Majesty's Government on this issue.

Bolivia was not considered in open meetings of the recent 33rd Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. I cannot confirm whether Bolivia was amongst the countries discussed in closed session because of the confidential nature of those proceedings.Trade union rights in Bolivia are the subject of an investigation by a committee of the International Labour Organisation which operates under the general supervision of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation of which the United Kingdom is a member. The United Kingdom is not, however, a member of the committee concerned.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when a member of the Bolivian Government last made an official visit to Great Britain; and if any such visit has been arranged for the future;(2) if he will make a statement on the current state of Anglo-Bolivian relations.

Relations with Bolivia continue to be normal. There is no record in recent years of any Bolivian Minister having visited Britain as an official guest. No such visits are at present planned.