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Forced Labour: Cocoa

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) the Government of Ivory Coast, (b) the Government of Ghana and (c) other Governments of cocoa-producing countries on the use of child labour in cocoa production. (168521)

DFID officials regularly discuss child labour in the cocoa industry with the Government of Ghana, who has shown strong commitment to the issue. The Government have passed a Children’s Act which prohibits child labour, especially the engagement of children in hazardous and exploitative work. It has also been working with the International Labour Organisation on a Programme for the elimination of child labour since 2000 and is collaborating with the industry initiative, known as the Harkin-Engel Protocol, to eradicate child labour in cocoa production.

DFID has not held discussions with the Government of Ivory Coast on child labour in cocoa production. DFID does not have a bilateral programme with Ivory Coast.

DFID has had no discussions with the Governments in other cocoa-producing countries specifically on the use of child labour in cocoa production.