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Visiting Sports Teams

Volume 973: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether, following his advice to the Rugby Union to cancel the tour of the multiracial South African rugby team, he proposes to offer advice on invitations to any other sporting bodies.

Yes, only if the occasion requires me to do so in relation to the Commonwealth statement on sporting links with South Africa.


asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he proposes any change in policy consequent upon the recent tour of the United Kingdom by the South African Barbarian rugby side.

No. Nothing about this tour justifies any change of policy. The Government continue to be bound by their obligations under the Commonwealth statement.