Skip to main content

Xinjiang: Uyghurs

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL4447, tabled on 29 November 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they have taken to implement the four steps to address modern day slavery, as announced by the then-Foreign Secretary in a statement to the House of Commons on 12 January; and what assessment they have made of their effects.

Answered on

13 December 2021

The Government is committed to tackling the issue of Uyghur forced labour in supply chains. The ambitious range of measures we announced in January will help ensure that no UK organisation is complicit through their supply chains in the human rights violations occurring in Xinjiang.

We are making good progress in implementing these measures. Our guidance to businesses has been updated; Ministers and officials have engaged with UK businesses and trade bodies; the review of export controls is underway; and we will introduce financial penalties under the Modern Slavery Act as soon as parliamentary time allows.