HC Deb 06 July 1983 vol 45 cc112-3W
25. Mr. John Carlisle

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether the Minister with special responsibility for sport will make an official visit to South Africa to ascertain whether the conditions as described in the Commonwealth declaration on sport 1977 — the Gleneagles agreement—exist.

Mr. Macfarlane


47. Mr. Roy Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will initiate discussions with Ministers in charge of sport in other Commonwealth countries with a view to obtaining a firmer application of the principles contained in the Gleneagles agreement regarding sporting contact with South Africa.

Mr. Macfarlane

No. In different Commonwealth countries, relations between the Government and the governing bodies of sport are different. The 1977 Commonwealth statement on apartheid in sport—the so-called Gleneagles agreement—takes account of these differences by allowing each member Government discretion to apply the principle of discouraging sporting relations with South Africa in a manner consistent with its traditions and laws. It is, therefore, entirely for my counterparts elsewhere in the Commonwealth to decide how they should implement the undertakings embodied in the Commonwealth statement with regard to their own sportsmen and women.