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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:31 am on 17th May 2007.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 11:31 am, 17th May 2007

I thank the Leader of the House for giving us the future business.

I note that the right hon. Gentleman says that a statement on the energy White Paper is expected on Wednesday, the day of an Opposition debate. As he knows, Government statements should not be made in Opposition time, so will he look again at the timing of that statement?

This week, John Howard instructed Australia's cricket team not to tour Zimbabwe. That firm decision contrasts with the lack of direction from this Government when England's last tour went ahead. The right hon. Gentleman was then Foreign Secretary. England is due to play Zimbabwe later this year, in 2008 and in 2009. Meanwhile, the appalling crisis in that country is getting worse. Will the Foreign Secretary make a statement to clarify the Government's position?

On Tuesday, the Department for International Development published its first annual report to include the requirements of the International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Act 2006. Many hon. Members want the report to be debated every year on the Floor of the House, and last week, in response to Mr. Clarke, the Leader of the House said that he would give "active consideration" to the idea of a debate. Can he now give a date for the debate?

Can we have a debate on standards in government? The Secretary of State for International Development owns shares in a company that works for his Department. That appears to be in breach of the ministerial code. Almost a month ago, I wrote to the Chancellor


Robert Horner
Posted on 19 May 2007 3:12 pm (Report this annotation)

Why should we trust your government on anything to do with Zimbabwe when Mugabies children are allowed to be educated in the UK ???