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India: Children

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Indian government on the use of child labour in textile and clothing manufacturing factories; and if he will make a statement. (205687)

The Government regularly raise our concerns over human rights issues with the Government of India and the Indian Commission for the Protection of Child Rights. These issues were discussed during the latest round of the EU-India Human Rights Dialogue in New Delhi on 15 February. Discussions covered India's implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and optional protocols and ratification of International Labour Organisation Conventions 138 and 182 to abolish child labour.

Child rights remain a high priority in promoting equality and tackling discrimination in India. The Department for International Development has provided substantial support to assist schemes to ensure all children have the right to attend school. The UK will continue to work with the Government of India in supporting efforts to tackle human rights issues.