Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Mr. Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden) (Con): Is the Foreign Secretary aware that although there is a consensus in the House that the Mugabe regime is hideous and evil, some of us do not believe that sport should be used as a political weapon? The choice of whom one plays sports with is a moral issue, and the Government should keep out of that. The most pathetic position of all is for the Government to express a desire for the tour not to take place, and to do nothing to implement that desire, financially or otherwise.

    Mr. Straw: Despite the last sentence, I take that as an objection to the position taken by the right hon. Gentleman‘s own Front Bench.

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