The Commonwealth

Part of Estimates Day – in the House of Commons at 3:56 pm on 27th June 1996.

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Rev. Martin Smyth (Belfast,:

I recently visited Japan with the Select Committee on Health, where I had first-hand evidence of the role played by the British Council, along with the embassy, in promoting British interests. Unfortunately, we received the same message: that the Treasury did not fully appreciate the importance of the investment and the responsibilities involved. I agree with what the right hon. Gentleman has said about our role in the Commonwealth as a whole.