Ukraine

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:24 pm on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Steve Pound Steve Pound PPS (Rt Hon Stephen Timms, Minister of State), Department for Work and Pensions 3:24 pm, 30th April 2008

It could be said that it is a tribute to the British Parliament that so many people with such expertise on Ukraine have made their voices heard, and have such an interest. I should prefer to say that it is a tribute to the great nation of Ukraine that so many people in Parliament take such a great interest in that extraordinary and unique country.

It is unfortunate, but it is not untypical of many hon. Members to use football metaphors to describe bilateral relationships. I think that it was Albert Camus who said:

"Everything I ever learned about morality and obligations I learned from football."

He was a distinguished goalkeeper, though not quite in the same class as my right hon. Friend Mr. George, who represented his country at football—not mine, but his. It was Wales, I think.