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Wednesday, October 29, 1997 Published at 04:28 GMT

World: Europe

Britain Child Labour/Soccer

The British government is funding a scheme to reduce child labour in Pakistan.

The announcement is expected to be made by the International Development Minister, Clare Short, when she addresses a conference on child labour under way in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

Thousands of children in the Pakistani town of Sialkot, many under the age of ten, work for low wages stitching footballs for export.

International concern was highlighted when it was revealed that some of the footballs used in the European football championships were made by Pakistani children.

The British government scheme -- costing one- million dollars over three years -- would provide education for the young Pakistanis involved.

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