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, Commonwealth and Development Office)
Rt Hon James Cleverly MP - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
Rt Hon Zac Goldsmith MP - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
James Duddridge MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
Wendy Morton MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
Baroness Sugg - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

1 Sep 2020, 5:41 p.m.
Tomorrow @foreignoffice joins @DFID_UK to become the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. UK diplomacy has achieved a great deal and there’s much more to come. #FCDO https://t.co/ZfShEwk92u - Link
28 Aug 2020, 1:35 p.m.
"The UK is deeply concerned by the ongoing situation in Belarus and the events that have taken place before, during and after the Presidential election on 9 August" Today @morton_wendy spoke at the @OSCE's Special Permanent Council on Belarus https://t.co/sdSRgFNFLl - 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
Sep. 08 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 29 Urgent Questions Xinjiang: Uyghurs
Mar. 12 Westminster Hall Freedom of Religion or Belief
Sep. 09 Adjournment Debate Detention of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang
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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
16 Sep 2020
In Force
Not stated
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sanctions (EU Exit) (Consequential Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
These Regulations amend the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida (United Nations Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/466), the Counter-Terrorism (International Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/573) and the Counter-Terrorism (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/577) (together, the “2019 Regulations”) to include in those Regulations a number of amendments to primary and secondary legislation, consequential on the coming into force of the 2019 Regulations.
Laid
8 Sep 2020
In Force
Not stated
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sanctions (EU Exit) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No.3) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations are made under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (c.13) (“the Sanctions Act”).
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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, 6 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

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Sep. 17 Malta: in prison abroad Guidance and Regulation
Sep. 17 UK Science and Innovation Network Snapshot – Taiwan Guidance and Regulation
Sep. 16 The Blue Belt programme Guidance and Regulation
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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
1 Sep 2020, 5:59 p.m. Israel: Sanctions Dr Matthew Offord

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it remains the Government's policy not to support the boycott of Israeli (a) goods and (b) services.

Answer (James Cleverly)

The British Government has made its position on boycotts/sanctions clear. We are firmly opposed to boycotts/sanctions against Israel. We believe that open and honest discussions, rather than supporting anti-Israeli boycotts, best supports our efforts to help progress in the peace process and achieve a negotiated solution.

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