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Volume 450: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

To ask the Prime Minister (1) what (a) matters were discussed and (b) agreements were made in his meeting with his Chinese counterpart on 13 September; (92388)

(2) what discussions he had with the Chinese delegation on their visit to the UK on 12 to 13 September concerning the welfare of Gao Zhisheng, his family and his friends; what assurances were given by the Chinese about their welfare; and if he will make a statement.

I discussed a wide range of issues with Premier Wen Jiabao during his recent visit. I also refer the hon. Member to the press conference I held with Premier Wen Jiabao on 13 September. A transcript of this is available on the No. 10 website and a copy has been placed in the Library of the House.

There were no discussions on Gao Zhisheng. However, during the visit the Government handed a list of individual cases of concern to the Chinese delegation, including that of Gao Zhisheng. The Government will continue to monitor the case closely.