Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP
Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State
Ministers of State
Nigel Adams MP
Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)
Rt Hon James Cleverly MP
Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
James Duddridge MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)
Wendy Morton MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Martin Docherty-Hughes (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs Team Member)
Allan Dorans (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs Team Member)
Alyn Smith (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Jonathan Edwards (Independent)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Foreign Intervention)
Lisa Nandy (Labour)
Shadow Foreign Secretary
Hannah Bardell (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs Team Member)
Shadow Ministers
Fabian Hamilton (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Wayne David (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Stephen Doughty (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Stephen Kinnock (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Catherine West (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

4 Jul 2020, 12:30 p.m.
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Jun. 30 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 30 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jun. 29 Urgent Questions Xinjiang: Uyghurs
Jun. 11 Written Statements NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Mar. 12 Westminster Hall Freedom of Religion or Belief
Jan. 13 Adjournment Debate Official Development Assistance Target
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.


Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
29 Jun 2020
In Force
Not stated
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Somalia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations are made under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (c.13) to establish a sanctions regime in relation to Somalia for the purpose of giving effect to the United Kingdom’s international obligations under United Nations Security Council Resolutions, including, in particular, resolution 733 adopted by the Security Council on 23 January 1992, resolution 1844 adopted by the Security Council on 20 November 2008, resolution 2036 adopted by the Security Council on 22 February 2012, and resolution 2498 adopted by the Security Council on 15 November 2019. The Regulations also have the purpose of promoting the peace, stability and security of Somalia and related purposes.
Laid
22 Jun 2020
In Force
Not stated
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Lebanon (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations are made under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (c.13) to establish a sanctions regime in relation to Lebanon for the purposes of compliance with the United Kingdom’s United Nations obligations under resolution 1701 (2006). Following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, these Regulations also replace the European Union sanctions regime in respect of Lebanon, implemented via an EU Council Decision and Regulation.
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Petitions addressed by Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
30,349
Petition Closed

Impose Financial sanctions on the State of Myanmar (Burma).

Gov Responded - 4 Oct 2017 Debated on - 16 Apr 2018
14 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 3 months ago

Impose harsh financial sanctions on the State of Myanmar due to the current ongoing ethnic cleansing being pursued by elements of its security forces.

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Select Committee

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.


Foreign and Commonwealth Office Publications


Foreign and Commonwealth Office Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
3 Jul 2020, 2:34 p.m. International Decade for People of African Descent Stephen Farry

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 4 July 2019 to Question 270326 on International Decade for People of African Descent, whether he plans to reconsider the decision not to take specific steps to mark the UN International Decade for People of African Descent and its theme of recognition, justice and development following the Black Lives Matter protest.

Answer (Nigel Adams)

The UK Government strongly supports the UN International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) and remains committed to combating racism, both domestically and internationally. There are no guidelines setting out how countries should mark the Decade. The UK has chosen to combat racism throughout the lifetime of the Decade by continuing to work to eradicate discrimination and intolerance in our country. The Government is committed to doing this in this decade, and beyond.

At home, our focus is on creating a fair society where all people, regardless of ethnic origin or background, are valued and able to participate fully and realise their own potential. Internationally, we believe that one of the most effective ways to tackle injustices and advocate respect among different ethnic groups is to encourage countries to uphold their human rights obligations, particularly through international institutions such as the United Nations. The UK has participated in and joined consensus on the key 21st century UN events and instruments on racism, and is committed to speaking out against racism and intolerance bilaterally and in multilateral fora. During the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, we delivered two statements on the urgency of dealing with racism, one in the item 9 debate and one in the urgent debate. The Minister of State responsible for Human Rights, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon also discussed the importance of combatting racism during the UK's closing statement which was delivered on 26 June.

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