Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The FCO promotes the United Kingdom’s interests overseas, supporting our citizens and businesses around the globe.


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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP
Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State
Ministers of State
Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP
Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Rt Hon Dr Andrew Murrison MP
Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)
Andrew Stephenson MP
Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Mrs Heather Wheeler MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Martin Docherty-Hughes MP (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs Team Member)
(Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs Team Member)
(Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Jonathan Edwards MP (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Foreign Intervention)
Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP (Labour)
Shadow Foreign Secretary
Hannah Bardell MP (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs Team Member)
Shadow Ministers
Fabian Hamilton MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Mr Khalid Mahmood MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (Europe)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

28 Jan 2020, 8:18 p.m.
"A peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians that leads to peaceful coexistence could unlock the potential of the entire region." @DominicRaab welcomes US proposals for Middle East peace: https://t.co/KgiiUMSXg0 https://t.co/46lCVIpcfy - Link
28 Jan 2020, 7:05 p.m.
❝Due to the increasing travel restrictions and the public health situation, we now advise against all but essential travel to China.❞ Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab #coronavirus - Link
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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
Oct. 02 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Sep. 03 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Oct. 15 Urgent Questions Imprisonment of Catalan Leaders
Jan. 28 Written Statements Foreign Affairs Council: 20 January 2020
Jan. 28 Westminster Hall Antarctica: Science and Diplomacy
Jan. 13 Adjournment Debate Official Development Assistance Target
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 23 May, 2018 26 Sep 2019, 4:01 p.m.
A bill to make provision enabling sanctions to be imposed where appropriate for the purposes of compliance with United Nations obligations or other international obligations or for the purposes of furthering the prevention of terrorism or for the purposes of national security or international peace and security or for the purposes of furthering foreign policy objectives; to make provision for the purposes of the detection, investigation and prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing and for the purposes of implementing Standards published by the Financial Action Task Force relating to combating threats to the integrity of the international financial system; and for connected purposes.

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 1 year, 10 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 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
23 Jan 2020, 5:38 p.m. Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Climate Change Darren Jones

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of climate change on the work of his Department; and what steps he is taking in response to that effect.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

Climate change is one of the most urgent and pressing challenges facing the world today. However, no country alone can solve this problem. That is why climate change is a top priority for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and why the British government bid and secured responsibility to host COP26 in Glasgow this year, in partnership with Italy. COP26 will be a major international moment in 2020, and the FCO network will have a key diplomatic role to play, along with other government departments, in efforts to raise global ambition in all countries to tackle climate change.

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