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Commonwealth Relationships

Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 13 February 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what response he has given to the representations from the Royal Commonwealth Society about the effects of public spending cuts on Great Britain's contribution to Commonwealth relationships, in particular via voluntary organisations.

My right hon. and noble Friend has replied assuring the society that while public expenditure cuts have inevitably had some effect on non-governmental organisations concerned with the Commonwealth, the Government's commitment to the Commonwealth is in no way diminished. My right hon. Friend will shortly be discussing these matters further with the president of the society, Mr. MacDonald, and some of his colleagues.