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
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 (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Foreign Intervention)
Emily Thornberry (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)
Mr Khalid Mahmood (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (Europe)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

2 Apr 2020, 4:39 p.m.
"A huge number of UK Government departments and agencies pulled together alongside our Mexican friends and @TUIGroup, working tirelessly to enable these 🇬🇧nationals to get home safely." @CorinRobertson update on UK nationals returning home from the Marella Explorer 2 cruise ship https://t.co/VRA9O9mllQ - Link
2 Apr 2020, 9 a.m.
The UK Government and the airline industry are working together to fly home stranded British travellers. ➡️ Read our guidance: https://t.co/1Zz9jmJDbe ➡️ Follow @FCOTravel for country updates https://t.co/hRZ1bNeRJq - 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
Mar. 17 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Mar. 17 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Mar. 10 Urgent Questions Turkey-Greece Border: Refugees
Feb. 25 Written Statements Diplomatic Missions and International Organisations: Debts Owed in the UK 2018
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 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 2 years 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
2 Apr 2020, 12:39 p.m. British Overseas Territories: Coronavirus Baroness Hooper

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to include British Overseas Territories in the support and protection being offered to individuals and institutions within the UK for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

The UK takes its responsibilities towards the Overseas Territories extremely seriously. The UK Government is procuring medical equipment and support for each Territory immediately and we will stand fully by the Overseas Territories in the long run as they deal with the impacts of the pandemic. The UK is also leading with partners and allies to support an effective and co-ordinated global health response led by WHO and we are working closely with the Overseas Territories to ensure their needs are fully taken into account. As Minister for the Overseas Territories, I am in constant touch with the Premiers and Governors to ensure they receive the support they need.

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