HL Deb 29 February 2000 vol 610 c63WA
Lord Pearson of Rannoch

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether any Ministers have expressed sympathy, support or understanding for the communist regimes in China, North Korea or the former Soviet Union. [HL1148]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

Where formal relations exist between Her Majesty's Government and other governments, these are conducted on the basis of mutual respect, whatever differences of view exist. Her Majesty's Government continue to attach the highest importance to the observance of universal human rights and the development of fully democratic institutions.