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Debates

Date Department Forum Title
Mon 13 Jul 2020 Department for International Trade Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Sale of Arms: War in Yemen
Ruth Jones contributed 1 speech (89 words)
Mon 13 Jul 2020 Home Office Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Topical Questions
Ruth Jones contributed 1 speech (73 words)
Mon 13 Jul 2020 Home Office Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Oral Answers to Questions
Ruth Jones contributed 1 speech (73 words)
Wed 08 Jul 2020 Wales Office Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Oral Answers to Questions
Ruth Jones contributed 1 speech (67 words)
Wed 08 Jul 2020 Wales Office Commons Chamber Excerpts from: UK-EU Trade Negotiations
Ruth Jones contributed 1 speech (67 words)
Tue 07 Jul 2020 Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Arts, Culture and Heritage: Support Package
Ruth Jones contributed 2 speeches (100 words)
Mon 06 Jul 2020 Home Office Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Domestic Abuse Bill
Ruth Jones contributed 1 speech (193 words)
Mon 06 Jul 2020 Ministry of Defence Commons Chamber Excerpts from: EU Future Relationship Planning
Ruth Jones contributed 2 speeches (67 words)
Mon 06 Jul 2020 Ministry of Defence Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Oral Answers to Questions
Ruth Jones contributed 2 speeches (67 words)
Thu 02 Jul 2020 HM Treasury Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Finance Bill
Ruth Jones contributed 1 speech (687 words)
Tue 30 Jun 2020 Ministry of Justice Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Lammy Review
Ruth Jones contributed 1 speech (92 words)
Tue 30 Jun 2020 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Topical Questions
Ruth Jones contributed 1 speech (61 words)
Tue 30 Jun 2020 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Oral Answers to Questions
Ruth Jones contributed 1 speech (61 words)

Questions

Date Title Questioner
13 Jul 2020, 5:16 p.m. Asylum: Finance Ruth Jones

Question to the Home Office

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has for continuing to support people in the asylum system during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Chris Philp)

Any asylum seeker who would otherwise be destitute can obtain support under section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 from the time they arrive in the UK, until their claim is fully determined, and they have exhausted their appeal rights.

During the covid 19 outbreak we suspended cessations to cases where the asylum claim had been determined. This is currently being reviewed.

A comprehensive cessation plan, on how to recommence support cessations is being worked through with discussions with Local Authorities, Other Government Departments and Stakeholders, which included members of the voluntary and community sector.

We remain committed to working closely with the accommodation providers and communicating with local authorities to relieve pressure and capacity as much as possible and ensure that health guidance is being followed.

13 Jul 2020, 5:09 p.m. Asylum: Housing Ruth Jones

Question to the Home Office

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the National Audit Office report on Asylum accommodation and support published on 3 July 2020.

Answer (Chris Philp)

We are considering the National Audit Office report and it’s recommendations and will respond in due course.

13 Jul 2020, 5:08 p.m. Refugees: Families Ruth Jones

Question to the Home Office

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to amend the Refugee Family Reunion rules to allow more families to safely reunite in the UK.

Answer (Chris Philp)

The Government already provides a safe and legal route to bring families together through its family reunion policy. This allows a partner and children under 18 of those granted protection in the UK to join them here, if they formed part of the family unit before the sponsor fled their country.

Our family reunion policy has reunited many refugees with their family members; over 29,000 family reunion visas have been granted over the past five years, with more than half issued to children. Expanding the rules could lead to more people coming to the UK who do not themselves need protection, reducing our capacity to assist the most vulnerable.

9 Jul 2020, 11:48 a.m. Brexit Ruth Jones

Question to the HM Treasury

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on the economy of reaching the end of the transition period without a trade deal with the EU in place.

Answer (John Glen)

The UK wants a relationship with the EU, which is based on friendly cooperation between sovereign equals, and centered on free trade. We are looking for a deal like those the EU has struck with other friendly countries like Canada.

The economic impacts of our trade deal with the EU are the subject of public debate among analysts. It is impossible for a single model, number or scenario to capture that complexity or represent the varying impacts that will be felt across different parts of the economy. The specifics of EU exit depend on the outcome of detailed negotiations.

We will continue to keep Parliament informed with appropriate analysis at appropriate times in a way that does not impede our ability to strike the best deal for the UK.

3 Jul 2020, 5:15 p.m. Charities: Equality Ruth Jones

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to help increase diversity in the charity sector.

Answer (Mr John Whittingdale)

The Government recognises the importance of diversity within the charity sector at all levels, whether that be trustees, chief executives, staff members or volunteers, in order to meet the needs of the communities the sector serves and it is committed to working with our civil society partners to address this. We welcome the work that sector representative bodies are doing to improve diversity within the sector.

Appointing trustees is a matter for individual charities, but is something the Government takes very seriously. The Government has held a number of conversations with civil society partners to improve understanding of the opportunities and challenges around enabling people from different backgrounds to become involved in trusteeship. The Charity Commission has published resources for charities to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to get involved and make a difference. The Charity Commission also assisted in the creation of the Charity Governance Code, which sets out recommended practice for all charities registered in England and Wales. The Charity Governance Code makes clear the importance of diversity and resulting positive outcomes. We are fully committed to continue working with the charity sector to take action on this issue.

In responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, officials and Ministers have met with a wide range of groups, including women-led organisations and BAME-led civil society organisations to discuss how the Government can engage more with a variety of groups in the sector as we come out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

3 Jul 2020, 2:49 p.m. Universal Credit Ruth Jones

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of recent trends in the average levels of household debt for people in receipt of universal credit.

Answer (Will Quince)

Claimants may find themselves in debt for a variety of reasons, many of which can pre-date their claim to Universal Credit. The Department encourages people out of work, or on a low income, to consider whether claiming Universal Credit could provide them with additional support before issues, such as debt, spiral out of control. We promote Universal Credit through various external channels, including through the ‘Understanding Universal Credit’ website, to help people navigate the range of support available and provide information about how to apply.

Work Coaches are trained to gauge claimants’ financial needs from their first contact and can refer them to more specialist support for personal budgeting, money guidance and debt advice if required, including through the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS). MaPS has a statutory responsibility to deliver free and impartial money and pensions guidance and debt advice to anyone that needs it. It is also required to have regard to the needs of people in vulnerable circumstances.

Our own analysis shows that Universal Credit in fact reduces debts such as rent arrears. Supporting research carried out by the National Federation of ALMOs, shows over three quarters of their tenants come onto Universal Credit with pre-existing rent arrears. It also shows that arrears tend to increase prior to making a claim for Universal Credit, and that Universal Credit actually appears to be helping to clear arrears over time.

3 Jul 2020, 2:20 p.m. City Deals: Northern Ireland Ruth Jones

Question to the Northern Ireland Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment he has made of the progress on the delivery of Northern Ireland City Deals.

Answer (Mr Robin Walker)

The Prime Minister has set out his ambitious plan to invest in our future prosperity. Jobs, skills and infrastructure will be central to the UK Government’s New Deal which will unleash the economic potential within every corner of the UK. As part of this, the UK Government intends to bring forward funding to accelerate infrastructure projects in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and will work with the devolved administrations on our ambitious plan for economic recovery across the UK.

This ambition is also reflected in our commitment of £562m to City and Growth Deals across Northern Ireland (NI) which will drive economic growth and productivity in line with the key local priorities. The NI Executive has recently agreed to match the UK Government commitment to City and Growth Deals and the Inclusive Future Fund, bringing total investment to £1.2bn and highlighting what our partnership can achieve.

This partnership and long-term strategic investment will be vital in supporting Northern Ireland’s economic recovery following the impact and challenges presented by Covid-19. The Councils and their delivery partners are therefore working at speed to ensure their projects reflect the best opportunities for investment. Whilst Covid-19 has required some reassessment of local priorities, we are confident that progress is being made across each of the deals. I continue to engage regularly with the Chief Executives of the City and Growth Deals in Northern Ireland and my department is working closely with Councils and NI Executive colleagues to provide any support necessary to accelerate their implementation.

3 Jul 2020, 2:18 p.m. Borders: Northern Ireland Ruth Jones

Question to the Northern Ireland Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on border infrastructure in Northern Ireland in the event of the UK leaving the transition period without a deal.

Answer (Mr Robin Walker)

The Government remains optimistic and is working hard to reach an agreement with the EU on our future relationship. That is why we have agreed to an intensified talks process throughout July.

The Ireland and Northern Ireland Protocol will be delivered by the end of the Transition Period. There will be no new physical customs infrastructure in Northern Ireland and we see no need to build any.

We will be making the necessary adjustments to existing entry points for agrifood goods to provide for proportionate additional controls, including some checks to help movements of live animals and agri-food from Great Britain into Northern Ireland. This is in order to respect the pre-existing status of the island of Ireland as a single epidemiological unit. We will also work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive, and with the EU in the Joint Committee, to seek to simplify and minimise any requirements.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is working closely with colleagues across Cabinet and with minsters from the Northern Ireland Executive in support of this, taking account of the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland.

3 Jul 2020, 1:22 p.m. Defence and Aerospace industry Ruth Jones

Question to the Ministry of Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on the defence and military aerospace industry of reaching the end of the transition period without a deal with the EU.

Answer (Jeremy Quin)

The United Kingdom left the EU with a deal on the 31 January 2020. We are willing to negotiate a comprehensive free trade deal and to this end have agreed an intensified talks process throughout July.

Planning for the end of the transition period is well underway – coordinated by the Cabinet Office and informed by dialogue with the defence sector.

2 Jul 2020, 3:14 p.m. Malawi: Politics and Government Ruth Jones

Question to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Malawi.

Answer (James Duddridge)

The UK welcomes the peaceful conduct of fresh Presidential elections in Malawi on 23 June. Malawi has a long history of respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Malawians can be rightly proud of their commitment to resolving political differences through their country's democratic institutions and processes, including in the aftermath of the contested 2019 Presidential elections. I sent my congratulations to President Chakwera on 29 June. As a long term friend of Malawi, I look forward to working with the new Government to tackle the issues that matter to all Malawians.

The UK has consistently encouraged all political parties in Malawi to respect the rule of law, follow due process under the constitution, and respect the rulings of Malawi's courts. Following the May 2019 Presidential elections, we urged de-escalation of inflammatory rhetoric and peaceful campaigning from all sides. We also urged the parties to be mindful of the risks of holding an election campaign during the Covid pandemic. I reiterated these messages in a phone call with then Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs on 15 May, as did the UK Chargé d'Affaires in his meeting with then President Mutharika on 11 May.

2 Jul 2020, 1:49 p.m. Post Offices: Coronavirus Ruth Jones

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of Post Office Ltd on the operation of post offices as covid-19 lockdown measures are eased.

Answer (Paul Scully)

BEIS Ministers and Officials have regular discussions with Post Office Ltd to discuss a range of issues, including the impact of Covid-19 on the operation of the Post Office.

The Government announcement on 23 March made it clear that the Government views the services provided by the Post Office as essential and, subject to social distancing guidelines, post offices have been allowed to remain open throughout lockdown. However, for those post offices co-located in a non-essential retailer which therefore had to close for a period, the easing of lockdown measures mean that they can re-start trading. Postmasters, as self-employed businesspeople, will need to consider how best to maintain social distancing at their workplace in line with the latest Government guidance which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/shops-and-branches.

This may include restricting the number of customers in a shop at any one time and making this clear to customers and other visitors. Post Office workers who cannot work from home should go to work as soon as it is practical if their workplace is open and follows the safer working guidelines.

1 Jul 2020, 5:46 p.m. Bangladesh: Politics and Government Ruth Jones

Question to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Bangladesh.

Answer (Nigel Adams)

Bangladesh is an important partner for the UK on a wide range of issues and is a fellow member of the Commonwealth. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) makes regular assessments of the political situation in Bangladesh, including through the British High Commission in Dhaka.

Like the UK, Bangladesh has made some tough decisions to protect its people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bangladesh is also generously hosting over 900,000 of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. The UK remains a leading partner in the international response to the Rohingya crisis.

Bangladesh remains a human rights priority country for the FCO. Ministers, and our High Commission in Dhaka, frequently raise our human rights concerns with the Government of Bangladesh, including on freedom of expression.

The UK will continue to engage with the Government of Bangladesh on a broad range of issues and will support efforts towards a stable, prosperous and democratic Bangladesh.

1 Jul 2020, 5:44 p.m. Sri Lanka: Politics and Government Ruth Jones

Question to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Sri Lanka.

Answer (Nigel Adams)

Sri Lanka is an important partner for the UK on a wide range of issues and is a fellow member of the Commonwealth. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office makes regular assessments of the political situation in Sri Lanka, including through the British High Commission in Colombo. We are monitoring political developments in Sri Lanka very closely. Parliamentary elections, delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are due to take place on 5 August. We have noted with concern the rise in anti-Muslim sentiment in Sri Lanka following the outbreak of COVID-19, and some concerning developments in the human rights situation.

The Minister of State for South Asia, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, recently raised these concerns with the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister on 24 June. We continue to engage with the Government of Sri Lanka on a broad range of issues. The UK is also a member of the Core Group on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council.

1 Jul 2020, 5:42 p.m. India: Politics and Government Ruth Jones

Question to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in India.

Answer (Nigel Adams)

India is the world's largest democracy, influential global leader and key partner on a full range of issues. Together we are a force for good in the world. Like the UK, India has made some tough decisions to protect its people during the pandemic. The UK and India are stronger when we work together as partners, building back better to sustainable economic growth, delivering resilience, prosperity and security for both our peoples.

1 Jul 2020, 5:06 p.m. Employment: Mental Health Ruth Jones

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of trends in the level of incidences of (a) stress, (b) anxiety and (c) depression for those in work.

Answer (Justin Tomlinson)

The information requested is not available.

The Government recognises the need to monitor trends in mental health and work as the UK responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department is actively reviewing available information on mental health and work, which will enable examination of trends in due course, and intends to examine changes in mental health for people in work as data becomes available.

1 Jul 2020, 4:30 p.m. Egypt: Politics and Government Ruth Jones

Question to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Eqypt.

Answer (James Cleverly)

Egyptians have repeatedly demonstrated their desire for a secure, prosperous, and democratic country. In that context, we look forward to better protection of Egyptians' constitutional rights, freedom of expression and more space for Non-Governmental Organisations and civil society. We believe that these rights and freedoms are essential for Egypt's long-term stability. Egypt is a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights Priority Country and the UK continues to urge the Egyptian Government to ensure the full implementation of the rights and freedoms set out in Egypt's constitution.

1 Jul 2020, 4 p.m. Economic Situation: Scotland Ruth Jones

Question to the Scotland Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent assessment the Government has made of the economy of Scotland.

Answer (Mr Alister Jack)

Recent GDP figures show that, in line with many other economies around the world, coronavirus is having a severe impact on the UK and Scottish economy.

The latest official figures show that Scotland’s GDP is provisionally estimated to have fallen by 18.9% in real terms during April, after a fall of 5.0% in March. These results are very similar to the pattern seen across the UK as a whole, and reflect the direct economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in Scotland. Between March 2020 and April 2020, UK GDP has fallen by 20.4%, after a fall of 5.8% in March.

We have taken unprecedented actions to protect jobs and incomes, and support businesses, in order to prevent the severe but temporary economic disruption from leaving permanent scars on the economy.

1 Jul 2020, 3:51 p.m. UK Relations With EU: Scotland Ruth Jones

Question to the Scotland Office

What discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the UK’s future relationship with the EU in relation to Scotland.

Answer (Iain Stewart)

My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland speaks to the Prime Minister regularly on a variety of areas of interest to Scotland, including the future relationship with the EU.

1 Jul 2020, 9:54 a.m. Broadband and Mobile Phones Ruth Jones

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase mobile and broadband coverage.

Answer (Matt Warman)

The Government is committed to delivering nationwide coverage of gigabit capable broadband as soon as possible. This will be done through promoting network competition and commercial investment wherever possible and by intervening with public subsidy where necessary.

To deliver this we are taking action to reduce barriers to commercial deployment including through the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill currently before Parliament. This will make it easier to connect tenanted properties with an unresponsive landlord. At Budget 2020, we also committed to invest £5 billion to deliver gigabit capable deployment to the hardest to reach areas across the UK.

This investment is on top of our existing funding for gigabit broadband, including the £200 million Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme. In addition in March 2020 the Government’s broadband Universal Service Obligation went live. This provides everyone in the UK with the legal right to request an upgraded broadband connection that provides a minimum download speed of 10 Mbps and upload speed of 1 Mbps.

With regards to mobile connectivity, the Government announced in March 2020 that it had agreed a £1 billion deal with the mobile network operators to deliver the Shared Rural Network. This will see operators collectively increase mobile phone coverage throughout the UK to 95% by the end of 2025, underpinned by legally binding coverage commitments.

The Government is also committed to being a world leader in 5G technology and providing a 5G signal to a majority of the population by 2027. As a part of this, we have invested millions in a programme of 5G Testbeds and Trials, including the recent £30 million 5G Create competition.

30 Jun 2020, 5:02 p.m. Brazil: Politics and Government Ruth Jones

Question to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Brazil.

Answer (Wendy Morton)

The UK and Brazil have a close dialogue on both bilateral and global issues of mutual interest including the environment, science and trade. Brazil is a key partner in the global response to Covid-19 and our countries are working together to find a vaccine. UK Ministers and our Embassy and Consulates in Brazil regularly engage with the Brazilian Government and we will continue to monitor the situation.

30 Jun 2020, 2:18 p.m. Economic Situation: Northern Ireland Ruth Jones

Question to the Northern Ireland Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment the Government has made of the economy of Northern Ireland.

Answer (Mr Robin Walker)

Whilst the Northern Ireland economy has its challenges, I am confident that Northern Ireland has a promising economic future as we recover from this crisis. This Government will always stand by the people of Northern Ireland.

We want Northern Ireland not only to recover but to prosper. For this to happen we need to ensure that we are driving innovation and sustainability, enhancing connectivity, developing a skilled workforce, promoting exports and attracting investment.

We will continue to work collaboratively with businesses, the Northern Ireland Executive and local partners to get the economy back up and running, laying the foundations for a stable and sustainable economic future.


29 Jun 2020, 5:14 p.m. Nigeria: Religion Ruth Jones

Question to the Department for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will introduce mandatory training for her Department’s staff in Nigeria on (a) patterns of discrimination and (b) conflict on grounds of religious characteristics and (c) how religion and religious actors interact with the societal context.

Answer (James Duddridge)

Our staff are encouraged to develop an understanding of religion and its role within society, including in conflict situations and in countries like Nigeria where religion is important to most people's identity. Specific training on religion is available to DFID staff through the FCO’s Diplomatic Academy. DFID’s cadre of Social Development Advisers specialise in understanding religious diversity and religious freedom and provide support across the DFID Nigeria office. In addition, our Nigerian local staff provide first-hand insight into the role of religion and religious actors within Nigerian society, including conflicts affecting the country. DFID also use expertise from the FCO’s Africa Research Group and conflict-prevention experts.

We are now working on an enhanced training offer related to religion as part of our commitment to implement the recommendations made in the Bishop of Truro's independent review. This work is being led by the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Rehman Chishti MP.

29 Jun 2020, 3:24 p.m. Nigeria: Violence Ruth Jones

Question to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Nigerian counterpart on implementing the National Livestock Transformation Plan to help reduce conflict involving farmers and herders in that country.

Answer (James Duddridge)

The UK worked closely with international partners to provide technical support to the Vice President's office to develop the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP). The plan sets out a long-term approach to transition towards more sedentary forms of cattle-rearing and explicitly addresses some of the factors underpinning intercommunal violence.

The NLTP is currently being implemented in eight 'Middle Belt' states. The British High Commission will continue to engage with the Vice President's office and relevant ministries on its further roll out. A number of additional states have expressed interest in the plan; we are encouraging their adoption of it through discussions with state governments

29 Jun 2020, 3:23 p.m. Nigeria: Internally Displaced People Ruth Jones

Question to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support Nigerians who have been displaced by violence between herders and farmers.

Answer (James Duddridge)

The UK Government has engaged closely with the Federal Government, state governments, international partners and the National Economic Council to help address the drivers of intercommunal violence and push for solutions.

The British High Commissioner and her team are increasing their engagement with state governments in affected states. For example, a team visited Plateau State in December to discuss the situation with the Governor, Christian and Muslim faith leaders, organisations working on reconciliation, and communities displaced by the violence.

The UK does not currently provide direct humanitarian funding to people displaced by intercommunal conflict in Nigeria. DFID is designing a programme to address conflict over natural resources in Nigeria, which will help to address some of the root causes of the violence. We are exploring whether this will include support to non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

29 Jun 2020, 3:23 p.m. Nigeria: Agriculture Ruth Jones

Question to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will provide NGOs that are running effective reconciliation programmes between farmers and herders in Nigeria with (a) funding and (b) capacity building to scale-up their programmes.

Answer (James Duddridge)

The UK Government has engaged closely with the Federal Government, state governments, international partners and the National Economic Council to help address the drivers of intercommunal violence and push for solutions.

The British High Commissioner and her team are increasing their engagement with state governments in affected states. For example, a team visited Plateau State in December to discuss the situation with the Governor, Christian and Muslim faith leaders, organisations working on reconciliation, and communities displaced by the violence.

The UK does not currently provide direct humanitarian funding to people displaced by intercommunal conflict in Nigeria. DFID is designing a programme to address conflict over natural resources in Nigeria, which will help to address some of the root causes of the violence. We are exploring whether this will include support to non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

25 Jun 2020, 9:37 a.m. Nigeria: Religion Ruth Jones

Question to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will introduce mandatory training for staff of his Department in Nigeria on (a) patterns of discrimination and conflict with religious characteristics and (b) how religion and religious actors interact with the societal and conflict context.

Answer (James Duddridge)

Our staff are encouraged to develop an understanding of religion and its role within society, including in conflict situations and in countries like Nigeria where religion is important to most people's identity. Specific training on religion is available to all staff through the FCO's Diplomatic Academy. In addition, our Nigerian local staff provide first-hand insight into the role of religion and religious actors within Nigerian society, including conflicts affecting the country. We also use expertise from the FCO's Africa Research Group and conflict-prevention experts.

We are now working on an enhanced training offer related to religion as part of our commitment to implement the recommendations made in the Bishop of Truro's independent review. This work is being led by the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Rehman Chishti MP.


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Questions

Date Title Questioner
26 Jun 2020, 10:19 a.m. Voyager Aircraft Sir Edward Davey

Question to the Ministry of Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to refurbish a RAF Voyager in Union Jack colours for ministerial travel; what the cost of that refurbishment is; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Jeremy Quin)

I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave on 22 June to questions 60776, 60814, 60842, 60852, 60853 and 60864 to the hon Members for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner), Newport West (Ruth Jones), Glasgow South (Stewart Malcolm McDonald), Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (Jamie Stone) and Portsmouth South (Stephen Morgan).

26 Jun 2020, 10:16 a.m. Voyager Aircraft Sir Edward Davey

Question to the Ministry of Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the (a) Prime Minister or (b) Prime Minister's office requested that RAF Voyager be painted in the colours of the Union Jack.

Answer (Jeremy Quin)

I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave on 22 June to questions 60776, 60814, 60842, 60852, 60853 and 60864 to the hon Members for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner), Newport West (Ruth Jones), Glasgow South (Stewart Malcolm McDonald), Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (Jamie Stone) and Portsmouth South (Stephen Morgan).