On 17 March 2021, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee published its Fifth Report of Session 2019–21, Uyghur forced labour in Xinjiang and UK Value chains (HC 1272). The Government’s response was received via correspondence on 17 May 2021. The Government’s response is appended below. The Committee’s recommendations are in bold type, the Government response is in plain type.
Please find attached the Government Response to recommendations made by the BEIS Select Committee in respect of its inquiry into Forced Labour and UK Value Chains.
Since the Committee published its report on 17 March 2021, we have been carefully considering its recommendations. We are grateful to the committee for their inquiry into this important topic, as well as for members’ engagement during the oral evidence session with me on 5 November 2020.
Policy responsibility for forced labour and supply chains is split across several Government departments, and the attached response reflects cross-Government input.
Paul Scully MP