§ Mr. Canavan
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he made of the human "right"s record of the People's Republic of China before his Department became involved in the exchange arrangements between the Scottish Police College and the State Police of the People's Republic of China; 
(2) if he will make a statement about the role of his Department in the exchange arrangements between the Scottish Police College and the State Police of the People's Republic of China. 
§ Mr. Battle
The promotion of human "right"s, including the principle of the rule of law, is an integral part of our relationship with China. We have a critical dialogue with the Chinese Government which enables us both to express our concern about their human "right"s record and work with them to improve Chinese practices in specific areas, particularly through training schemes and other cooperative projects.
The need to ensure that respect for human "right"s is a central feature of police reform in China lay behind our positive response to the Chinese request for training in the UK for some senior police officers. The Scottish Police College training was funded in part by the FCO's ASSIST programme budget, and stresses the values of democratic policing and the application of human "right"s practices in police work.