Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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

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)

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18 Aug 2019, 9:30 a.m.
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16 Aug 2019, 4:09 p.m.
"We deeply regret the continued launches of ballistic missiles by North Korea, most recently on 16 August, which violate multiple UN Security Council Resolutions." @HeatherWheeler statement on the continued launches of ballistic missiles by North Korea - 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
Jun. 25 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 25 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jul. 02 Urgent Questions Hong Kong
Jun. 27 Written Statements Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act: Human Rights Violations
Jul. 02 Westminster Hall World War Two: Polish Contribution
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 24 May 2018, 6:14 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.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Select Committee

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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
9 Aug 2019, 1:14 p.m. International Religious Freedom Alliance The Lord Bishop of Leeds


To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the International Religious Freedom Alliance launched by the United States Secretary of State on 18 July; and what consideration they have given to joining that Alliance.

Answer (Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon)

​The United States State Department are yet to share details with us on the proposed International Religious Freedom Alliance. When we receive more information, we will consider our approach.

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