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My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs, Ian McCartney, raised the human rights issue at a recent bilateral with the Vietnamese Vice Minister, Le Cung Phung, during the EU/Association of South East Asian Nations Foreign Ministers meeting on 14 and 15 March.
Whether they have refused to grant a transit visa to the Iraqi scientist, Riyadh Lafta; if so, what were the grounds for the refusal; and whether, as alleged in the Guardian of 26 April, they have received complaints from Canadian scientists about the refusal to grant a transit visa to Mr Lafta. [HL3464]
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