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The Government will come under renewed pressure from the House of Lords this week not to rely on economic sanctions to resolve disputes with Burma, Iran and North Korea.

On Friday, the House of Lords will debate the topic following the Government's response to the Economic Affairs Committee report, The Impact of Economic Sanctions. It highlighted previous use of sanctions that had backfired.

The report criticised the sanctions against Burma and called for an urgent assessment of their use. The report argues that by discouraging trade, investment and tourism, the sanctions hit the economy generally and harm ordinary Burmese people without achieving any progress towards the objective of democratic change.

The Government, which last week called for tougher EU sanctions for Burma, responded to the Lords' report by saying that the ₓdeprivation is the direct result of the regime's economic mismanagement and the skewed allocation of resourcesâ‚? and believes that the current policy towards Burma ₓremains appropriateâ‚? and that ₓsanctions are only part of a wider approachâ‚?.

The debate is being led by Lord Wakeham, Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee. Other speakers include Lord Lawson, Lord Howell and Lord Hannay. Lord Malloch-Brown, Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, will be setting out the Government's position.

Notes to Editors

1. The debate will be held in the Chamber of the House of Lords on Friday 12 October from 11am.

2. The report, The Impact of Economic Sanctions , was published on 9 May 2007 by the Stationery Office, Lords Economic Affairs Committee, 2nd Report, HL Paper 96.

3. The Government response to the Committee's report on the impact of economic sanctions was published on 17 July 2007 as a Government Command paper.

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