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CCTV: China

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL6067, tabled on 8 February 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of Chinese-made surveillance cameras made by companies currently subject to US sanctions and investment bans (1) by local councils and other buildings in public ownership, and (2) by shopping precincts and in high streets.

Answered on

22 February 2022

The Government is committed to supporting UK businesses to engage with China in a way that reflects the UK's values and takes account of national security concerns. We have published guidance which provides firms with clear, up-to-date information and specialist support to help negotiate the ethical, legal and commercial questions they may encounter in China or when working with Chinese businesses, supporting safe and appropriate UK-China collaboration in the digital and technology space. In addition, the Government has introduced Overseas Business Risk guidance that makes it clear to UK businesses the need to consider the risks of exposure to entities that may be providing or developing surveillance technologies. The Government is also working to provide additional guidance for UK Government bodies to help them exclude suppliers where there is sufficient evidence of modern slavery violations in any of their supply chains. We continue to keep our policy position under review, working closely with our international partners.