(2) what steps he has taken to raise the issue of the forced conscription of child soldiers with the Burmese regime.
We receive regular reports about forced recruitment and the use and ill treatment of child soldiers in Burma. We are unable to estimate the number of forcibly recruited soldiers.
On 2 October, the Human Rights Council (HRC) passed a resolution sponsored by the EU, with the strong support of the UK, which expressed deep concern about the situation in Burma. In our statement to the HRC, we drew attention to the regime's persistent violations of human rights, including the use of child soldiers.
We have repeatedly raised the issue with the Burmese regime. My right hon. Friend the Member for Makerfield (Mr. McCartney), the then Minister for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs, raised our concerns with the Burmese Foreign Minister in Hamburg on 28 May.
Our ambassador in Rangoon takes every opportunity to raise human rights with the regime, most recently when he met the Burmese Deputy Foreign Minister and the Burmese Minister for Labour on 25 September.
My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has had no discussions with the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms Coomaraswamy, following her visit to Burma. However, Ms Coomaraswamy did meet our ambassador in Rangoon during her visit.