House of Lords written question – answered at on 5 March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any countries have expressed an interest in joining the Commonwealth since 1 January 2005.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

I refer the noble Lord to the answer I gave on 10 November 2011 [HL 13195]. Countries other than South Sudan have expressed an interest informally in joining the Commonwealth, or in a closer association with accredited bodies of the Commonwealth, but have made no public commitment.

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