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World Trade Organisation

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made for the future of the World Trade Organisation Doha Round following discussions between the United States, the European Union, Brazil and India in Potsdam. (146851)

The UK Government regrets that G4 members failed to agree a common platform in the DDA negotiations. However, Pascal Lamy, the WTO Director General, has made it clear that negotiations will continue in Geneva. We hope that all WTO members will now work with Pascal Lamy and the Chairs of the Negotiating Groups to try to take the negotiations forward. We are encouraging all WTO members to engage positively and constructively and to show the flexibility and commitment necessary to bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion, and remain committed to achieving an ambitious, pro-development outcome to the DDA.