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Volume 403: debated on Thursday 10 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the promotion by travel companies of holidays for tourists from the UK to visit Burma. [107508]

HMG's policy is not to encourage tourism to Burma. We have drawn to the attention of travel organisations our policy and the views of the Burmese Democratic opposition that tourism to Burma is inappropriate at present due to the political and human rights situation there. As part of this policy, senior Burmese tourism officials are included in the European Union visa ban and asset freeze.