UK Commonwealth Minister takes part in twitter Q&A

This morning, the UK Commonwealth Minister Hugo Swire MP took part in a Twitter question and answer session. He was kind enough to answer a number of our questions on a variety of topics including:

1) His recent lunch with the Commonwealth High Commissioners, the first of its kind:

(No mention of if there will be another one but we'll keep our fingers crossed!)

2) Our push for greater trade between Commonwealth nations, especially for SMEs:

3) Our campaign for a memorial for the Commonwealth fallen in the First World War:

We also asked questions about what Britain can learn from other free-trading Commonwealth countries and about the making the Commonwealth more about its citizens rather than its governments (as discussed by the UK High Commissioner to India recently).

You can look back at all the questions asked and answered on the #AskFCO hashtag but we've included a couple more of the Ministers answers below in response to questions about his vision for the Commonwealth and where he sees it going:

All in all it was a productive and interesting session. We hope for another soon!

UPDATE: The Foreign office have produced a Storify board with all the questions the Minister answered. You can see it here.