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)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Mrs Heather Wheeler MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

10 Dec 2019, 4:51 p.m.
.@AWMurrison "Concerned by findings of UN 2019 report on Libya. The impact of the conflict on civilians remains unacceptable. All parties must get behind the UN-led political process and abide by the UN Arms Embargo to protect civilians" - Link
10 Dec 2019, 2:12 p.m.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “Today marks one year since the detention of Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor by the Chinese government. I remain concerned about their detention. We stand with Canada on this issue.” - 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
Oct. 31 Written Statements Hong Kong: Six-monthly Report
Oct. 30 Westminster Hall Leaving the EU: Integrated Foreign Policy
Jun. 10 Adjournment Debate UK Foreign Policy: China and Hong Kong
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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
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, 9 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
5 Nov 2019, 5:25 p.m. Syria: Conflict Resolution Lord Truscott


To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to bring peace to Syria.

Answer (Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon)

​The UK's priority remains to end the conflict in Syria through a negotiated political settlement. We are providing active support to the UN-led Geneva process between the Syrian parties, which remains the forum to achieve this. We welcomed the launch of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva on 30 October, which we hope will be a first step towards a negotiated settlement. Absent such a settlement, we are clear that we have no plans to re-open our Embassy in Damascus, remove sanctions or provide any reconstruction assistance.

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