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British Lions Rugby Tour

Volume 981: debated on Thursday 27 March 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal, in the light of the Government decision to withdraw co-operation by the embassy in Moscow from British athletes who attend the Olympic Games, whether a similar instruction will be issued to the ambassador in Pretoria in respect of the British Lions' tour of South Africa.

No instruction to withdraw co-operation has been issued to our embassy in Moscow. The withdrawal of the services of the embassy officer carrying out the duties of British Olympic attaché on behalf of the British Olympic Association cannot be construed in that way. Our embassy in Moscow will afford normal consular assistance to any British people who may be involved in the Olympic Games, as will our embassy in Pretoria to those involved in the British Lions' tour of South Africa. Such consular assistance does not include facilitating the arrangements of the sporting events concerned.