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China Task Force

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times the China Task Force has met since its establishment; who chaired each meeting; and if he will make a statement. (235708)

The China Task Force was established in November 2003 and was originally chaired by the then Deputy Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull, East (Mr. Prescott). China Task Force meetings took place in February, April and November 2004, July and October 2005, June and September 2006 and February 2007.

Since August 2007, it has been chaired by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer. He chaired his first meeting in September 2007, and then in February 2008. The most recent meeting took place in October 2008 and was chaired by my noble Friend Lord Myners, Financial Services Secretary, on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Further information about the China Task Force and its remit can be found on the Cabinet Office website at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/secretariats/foreign_and_defence/china_task_force.aspx