Commonwealth Secretariat

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Chair, Members' Expenses Committee, Chair, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, Chair, Members' Expenses Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times his Department met the Commonwealth Secretariat to discuss trade relations in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

We engage regularly with the Commonwealth Secretariat and other Commonwealth bodies and organisations on a wide range of issues. This involves frequent and senior-level meetings both with the Secretariat and those Commonwealth bodies working on trade relations, for example, the Commonwealth Business Council and the Commonwealth Small States Office. We are committed to strengthening trade and investment in the Commonwealth as I discussed in my meeting with the Commonwealth Secretary-General earlier this week.

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