Gulf States: Human Rights - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:15 am on 8th February 2018.

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Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Liberal Democrat 11:15 am, 8th February 2018

My Lords, Bahrain is the major British base in the Gulf now. The Government of Bahrain have paid for the expansion of that base. I must say that I think it is a rather odd relationship, which makes Britain, in many ways, dependent on the Government of Bahrain. How far does that inhibit our Government in criticising the Government of Bahrain for the way they treat the majority of their population?