FOREIGN AFFAIRS – ZIMBABWE – 31 January 2002

Dr Julian Lewis: It is all very well for the Leader of the House [Robin Cook] to agree with the remarks about Zimbabwe by my hon. Friends the Members for North-West Norfolk (Henry Bellingham) and for Macclesfield (Nicholas Winterton), but he shows no sign of urging the Government to grant a debate in Government time or make a statement on the terrible situation there. The Government have done too little, too late to protest about Zimbabwe, and the failure of the Commonwealth to take any action can only lead people to conclude that the Commonwealth, the United Nations and the British Government, taken together, have taken less effective action against Robert Mugabe than did the gay campaigner Peter Tatchell. Will the Leader of the House now promise us a debate or a statement on the terrible situation in Zimbabwe?