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Children: Forced Labour

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 5 January 2010

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about use of illegal child labour, payment of wages less than the minimum, and unsafe working conditions in the Jordan Valley region of the West Bank; and whether they will discuss those matters with the International Labour Organization. [HL614]

We are concerned by non-governmental organisation and media reports that there are Palestinian workers in Israel and in Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Jordan Valley who are paid below the Israeli minimum wage, who do not enjoy the same legal protection as Israeli co-workers and who work in unsafe conditions. Our Consulate General in Jerusalem is currently following up on these reports.