Commonwealth Summit - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:04 pm on 20th February 2018.

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Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Chair, International Relations Committee 3:04 pm, 20th February 2018

I am sure my noble friend agrees that this will be a summit with a difference in that it will involve to an unprecedented degree not only businesses and universities but schools, cities and regions right across the United Kingdom. That is very welcome and the preparation has been very thorough and encouraging. Does he agree that the task now is to ensure strong outcomes and results, so that the benefits and opportunities of the modern Commonwealth network, which is quite different to anything in the past, can be spread to business and to the nation as a whole, and so that we support the Commonwealth more strongly than we may have in the recent past?