Ukraine

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:59 pm on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Party Chair, Liberal Democrats 2:59 pm, 30th April 2008

I welcome you to the Chair, Mrs. Anderson, and I am grateful to Mr. Spring for taking the initiative to seek this debate. What he said at the beginning is evidenced by the fact that I and my hon. Friend Jo Swinson, who will hopefully catch your eye later, Mrs. Anderson, represent clear evidence of the cross-party support for Ukraine. I am sure that the Minister will endorse that when he speaks later.

Like Mr. Grogan, to whom I pay my tribute for his work chairing our all-party group, and Mr. Evans, I am one of the signatories of the motion that welcomes the huge progress that Ukraine has made in recent years and commends the continuing potential for progress that we all know exists. That potential was marked by the bid in Bucharest the other day at the NATO conference and is always subject to discussion among friendly countries in the European Union.