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Bahrain: Motor Sports

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the FIA on proposals to stage a Formula 1 race in Bahrain in 2011.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

holding answer 13 June 2011

The decision on whether to hold the Grand Prix in Bahrain in 2011 is one entirely for the FIA. This is not a decision for HM Government and we have not made representations to the FIA regarding their decision.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, observed in this House that Formula 1 had failed to account for public opinion when it announced that the Grand Prix would go ahead. This reflects the attention which the world has been paying to recent events in Bahrain. It is clear that the world is watching Bahrain, and expects further progress on political reform and on the National Dialogue recently announced by the King.

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