§ Mr. Soames
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the aims and objectives of Her Majesty's Government's policy towards the Commonwealth.
§ Mrs. Chalker
Our aim is to maintain and foster the special relationship we share with Commonwealth partners. The Commonwealth can play an increasingly constructive and moderating role in world affairs. We hope that Commonwealth partners will work to strengthen the global trend towards pluralist democratic and accountable government.