HC Deb 18 December 2003 vol 415 cc1111-2W
Keith Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the readmission of Yemen to the Commonwealth. [144228]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

Yemen has never been a member of the modern Commonwealth. At their Meeting in Edinburgh in 1997, Commonwealth Heads of Government considered an application from Yemen. They agreed it would be kept under review in the light of the criteria endorsed by the Commonwealth Heads of Government. We welcome Yemen's wish to meet the obligations which would be entailed by Commonwealth membership.