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Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th February 1986.

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Photo of Mr Kevin McNamara Mr Kevin McNamara , Kingston upon Hull North 12:00 am, 5th February 1986

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom's current relations with Australia.

Photo of Mr Timothy Eggar Mr Timothy Eggar , Enfield North

Our relations with Australia are excellent. As I said on 3 February on Second Reading of the Australia Bill, they are of the greatest importance to us.

Photo of Mr Kevin McNamara Mr Kevin McNamara , Kingston upon Hull North

Following the visit of Senator Evans, will the Government confirm that they will take an active equal part in the technical assessment group which is examining the problems associated with the nuclear debris in Maralinga?

Photo of Mr Timothy Eggar Mr Timothy Eggar , Enfield North

During Senator Evans' visit agreement was reached in principle on two major points. We accepted his invitation to participate in the technical assessment group, and we are represented on the consultative group.

Photo of Mr Richard Holt Mr Richard Holt , Langbaurgh

Does my hon. Friend accept that we all appreciate our wonderful relationship with Australia, and that that is especially identified with the number of Australian visitors to Britain during the past few years? Last year there were more than 500,000 such visitors. Does he accept that they were most welcome in my constituency, which is where Captain Cook was born and raised?

Photo of Mr Timothy Eggar Mr Timothy Eggar , Enfield North

I echo my hon. Friend's sentiments and hope that tourism in his constituency is suitably increased as a result of his remarks.