2014 Winter Olympics

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 5th September 2013.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Julie Hilling Julie Hilling Opposition Whip (Commons) 9:30 am, 5th September 2013

What discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the 2014 winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

I have regular discussions with my colleagues at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on a range of issues, including the 2014 winter Olympic games in Sochi.

Photo of Julie Hilling Julie Hilling Opposition Whip (Commons)

But what assurances has the Minister received on the safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes and spectators who hope to attend the 2014 winter Olympics?

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The British Government remain greatly concerned about the growing restrictions on LGBT freedoms in Russia, and we have repeatedly raised those concerns, including at the 2013 UK-Russia human rights dialogue in May. The Prime Minister raised the issue directly with President Putin during a meeting in Downing street in June ahead of the G8 summit, and it will be raised again at the G20 this weekend.