The Commonwealth

Part of Estimates Day – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 27th June 1996.

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Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody , Crewe and Nantwich 4:15 pm, 27th June 1996

Is my right hon. Friend aware that, when I raised with the Foreign Office and Baroness Chalker my worry about the fact that, as European institutions become ever larger in Africa, the British contribution becomes smaller, I was told that I should not worry because, of course, it is all very nice and polite, and on the departure of the British assistant head of delegation—I was particularly talking about Lesotho—there would be an extra appointment of an agricultural adviser, who would work from the EU offices? Is my right hon. Friend at one with me in not being absolutely convinced that that is quite the same thing?