Cuba visit for British minister

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A British minister is to visit Cuba - the first to do so for 19 years. Ian Taylor, Under-Secretary for Trade, leaves on Wednesday at the head of a trade delegation to Puerto Rico and Cuba, writes Stephen Goodwin. The last British minister to visit Cuba was Peter Shore, Labour's Trade Secretary, in 1975.

Mr Taylor will meet Cuban ministers and raise human rights issues in addition to promoting trade links. The Department of Trade and Industry said yesterday that the visit had been planned long ago and its occurrence at a time of crisis for Cuba was a coincidence.