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Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

17. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure journalists have free access to Tibet. (156141)

We welcome the regulations implemented by the Chinese Government on 1 January to relax restrictions on foreign journalists in China. At the last round of the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue, the Chinese Government confirmed the regulations applied in Tibet. We are concerned, however, that like all visitors to Tibet, journalists must still seek permission to enter the region from the local authorities and will continue to raise this with China.