§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures his Department undertakes to combat the commercial exploitation of children overseas.
§ Mr. Baldry
[holding answer 20 February 1995]: We seek to promote growth and to reduce poverty through our aid programmes in order to eliminate the pressures which result in the commercial exploitation of children. The ODA is attempting to assist developing country Governments to recognise and address the needs and problems of economically active children by providing them with improved health, education and employment opportunities.