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World Trade Organisation

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government are taking to encourage progress within the World Trade Organisation for a new trade agreement; and if he will make a statement. (82772)

The Government remain fully committed to securing an ambitious, pro-development outcome to the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry was in Geneva last week to emphasise our commitment to the DDA in meeting with the EU Trade Commissioner, and counterparts in other EU member states. He and I continue to discuss the DDA with the Trade Ministers of other WTO member countries. Other members of the Government have also been in contact with their opposite numbers. We also remain in regular contact with business and civil society.