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Sport: Women's Football

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:15 am on 6th December 2007.

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Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Government Whip, Government Whip 11:15 am, 6th December 2007

My Lords, it is extremely sad that there will not be an England or Great Britain team at the 2008 Olympics. The home nations could not even offer an explanation of why they would not allow the women's team to compete on behalf of Great Britain, and an explanation is important to us because we want to make sure that we understand the reasons. We understand that FIFA made assurances about the independence of the home nations in the wider football world, so the Government take the view that the home nations' decision is appalling.