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Lisa Nandy

Labour - Wigan

Shadow Foreign Secretary

(since September 2020)
1 APPG membership (as of 17 Nov 2021)
Deliberative Democracy
Shadow Foreign Secretary
5th Apr 2020 - 2nd Sep 2020
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
14th Sep 2015 - 27th Jun 2016
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
7th Oct 2013 - 14th Sep 2015
Shadow Minister (Education)
18th Mar 2013 - 7th Oct 2013
Education Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 10th Sep 2012


Department Event
Tuesday 30th November 2021
11:30
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
30 Nov 2021, 11:30 a.m.
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Tuesday 23rd November 2021
Health and Care Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 176 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 191 Noes - 307
Speeches
Tuesday 26th October 2021
Oral Answers to Questions

If the Foreign Secretary is still the only person in this country who has not seen the contents of the …

Written Answers
Thursday 4th November 2021
Afghanistan: Politics and Government
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her …
Early Day Motions
Monday 30th September 2019
PROTECTING STAFF AND SERVICES ON THE WEST COAST MAINLINE (No. 2)
That this House notes that First Trenitalia has been awarded the West Coast rail franchise from December 2019; shares the …
Bills
Wednesday 27th April 2011
Export Credits Guarantee Department (Regulation and Reporting) Bill 2010-12
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 20th September 2021
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Communication Workers Union
Address of donor: 150 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1RX
Amount of donation or …
EDM signed
Wednesday 17th June 2020
Legal Aid and Advice
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 …
Supported Legislation
Employment and Workers' Rights Bill 2017-19
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Lisa Nandy has voted in 233 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Dominic Raab (Conservative)
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
(54 debate interactions)
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(8 debate interactions)
James Cleverly (Conservative)
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
(8 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(5 debate contributions)
Department for Work and Pensions
(2 debate contributions)
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Wigan Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

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Latest EDMs signed by Lisa Nandy

4th June 2020
Lisa Nandy signed this EDM on Wednesday 17th June 2020

Legal Aid and Advice

Tabled by: David Lammy (Labour - Tottenham)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (S.I., 2020, No. 515), dated 15 May 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 18 May 2020, be annulled.
138 signatures
(Most recent: 11 Feb 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 115
Liberal Democrat: 9
Scottish National Party: 5
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 2
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Alliance: 1
22nd January 2020
Lisa Nandy signed this EDM on Monday 27th January 2020

Max Freedman's service to parliamentary staff

Tabled by: John Cryer (Labour - Leyton and Wanstead)
That this House recognises Max Freedman's commitment over 10 years as the chair of the Parliamentary staff UNITE trade union branch representing staff of all parties in Parliament and constituency offices; appreciates that over the past decade he has worked tirelessly in representing staff of hon. Members both in individual …
77 signatures
(Most recent: 23 Sep 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 59
Scottish National Party: 9
Conservative: 2
Independent: 2
Liberal Democrat: 2
Plaid Cymru: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Lisa Nandy, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


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Lisa Nandy has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Lisa Nandy


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require the Secretary of State to impose certain requirements on the Export Credits Guarantee Department, including the publication of an audit of all sums owed to the Department, an annual impact assessment and a real-time disclosure policy on all supported projects; to prohibit the support of certain activities by the Department; to provide that debt cancellation by the Department cannot be defined as official development assistance; to prohibit companies from receiving support from the Department for a period of at least five years following a relevant conviction of corruption; to introduce a duty of care provision which must be followed in the Department’s operations to provide access to justice for those affected by supported projects; and for connected purposes;


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 27th April 2011

232 Written Questions in the current parliament

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7th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions the National Security Council discussed Afghanistan between 1 January 2021 and 31 July 2021.

The National Security Council is a committee of Cabinet. It is a long-established precedent that information about the discussions that have taken place in Cabinet and its Committees, and how often they have met, is not shared publicly.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to transfer responsibility for protecting British democracy to her Department as recommended by the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report on Russia, published on 21 July 2020.

As set out in the Government’s response to the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report on Russia, our adversaries adopt a whole of state approach to hybrid and malign activity and tackling it therefore requires a cross-Government and cross-society response. In order to do so effectively, the Government draws on the skills, resources and remits of different departments, agencies and non-government organisations.

This activity is coordinated by the Defending Democracy programme in the Cabinet Office, with individual Government departments and the Security and Intelligence Agencies playing a key role in all relevant areas. As announced in the Queen’s Speech, the Home Office is bringing forward new legislation to provide the security services and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to disrupt state threats, including threats to democracy. The National Security Council keeps this and all aspects of the Government’s approach to protecting UK democracy under review.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to ensure that the Electoral Commission has sufficient powers to ensure the security of democratic processes where hostile state threats are involved as recommended by the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report on Russia, published on 21 July 2020.

As set out in the Government’s response to the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report on Russia, we have seen no evidence of successful interference in the EU Referendum.

The Government continues to work closely with the Electoral Commission, and others, to protect the integrity, security and effectiveness of UK referendums and elections. The Electoral Commission has a wide range of investigatory and civil sanctioning powers available to it and is able to refer more serious matters to the police or the National Crime Agency.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to undertake a retrospective assessment of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 EU referendum as recommended by the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report on Russia published on 21 July 2020.

As set out in the Government’s response to the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report on Russia, we have seen no evidence of successful interference in the EU Referendum.

The Government continues to work closely with the Electoral Commission, and others, to protect the integrity, security and effectiveness of UK referendums and elections. The Electoral Commission has a wide range of investigatory and civil sanctioning powers available to it and is able to refer more serious matters to the police or the National Crime Agency.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress he has made on updating the 2016 National Cyber Security Strategy; and when does he expect the Government’s new comprehensive Cyber Strategy to be launched.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to PQ23089 on 1 July 2021.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to compensate sub-postmasters affected by the Horizon post office scandal.

It is vital that postmasters affected by Horizon get the compensation they deserve. The Post Office reached a full and final settlement with claimants in the group litigation in December 2019 and committed to right the wrongs of the past. A key commitment from this settlement was for the Post Office to set up the Historical Shortfall Scheme for postmasters who were not part of the Group Litigation to have historical shortfalls investigated and addressed. The Scheme received over 2,400 claims and Post Office are now assessing these claims. In this case it is right that the Government provides sufficient financial support to the Post Office to ensure the Scheme can proceed and to protect the vital services provided by the post office network.

The Government also welcomes Post Office’s aspiration to ensure that all postmasters entitled to claim civil compensation as a result of their convictions being overturned are recompensed as quickly as possible. The Government will continue to closely monitor the Post Office’s work on addressing the issues identified by Justice Fraser.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress has been made on the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry; and what his planned timeframe is for the publication of the findings of that Inquiry.

The Inquiry has made swift progress already, including running a call for evidence to invite views about and gather evidence relating to the IT system, and holding its first group evidence session with sub-postmasters who were adversely affected by Horizon. The Inquiry will aim to submit its findings to my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy by Summer 2021. The final report will be published by the Secretary of State and the Government will respond in due course.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he is putting in place to help (a) businesses and (b) customers manage (i) short- and (ii) medium-term supply chain disruption in the event of the widespread outbreak of coronavirus.

The Government is well prepared for this type of outbreak. We will continue to take all necessary precautions, such as engaging with key industry partners to discuss their preparedness planning.

We are closely monitoring the potential impacts on the UK economy, including on individual businesses, supply chains and consumers.

We are also working with Her Majesty’s Treasury to actively look at ways to support businesses, especially small-and medium-sized businesses, through this temporary period of disruption. This includes unlocking up to £1 billion of attractive working capital loans to support small businesses, with more as needed.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will meet with (a) employer organisations and (b) trade unions on a strategy to manage the potential effect on workers of a covid-19 outbreak.

The Government is well prepared for this type of outbreak. We will continue to take all necessary precautions, such as engaging with key industry partners, employer organisations, and trade unions to understand the potential effect of Covid-19 on workers and to discuss their preparedness planning.

We are closely monitoring the potential impacts on the UK economy, including on individual businesses, supply chains, and consumers.

The Department is working with Her Majesty’s Treasury to actively look at ways to support businesses, especially small-and medium-sized businesses, through this temporary period of disruption. This includes unlocking up to £1 billion of attractive working capital loans to support small businesses, with more as needed.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to support businesses in the event of reduced (a) tourism, (b) leisure and retail spending, (c) consumer confidence, and (d) spending power during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government is well prepared for this type of outbreak. We will continue to take all necessary precautions, such as engaging with key industry partners to discuss their preparedness planning.

Businesses can access a range of finance through the government-owned British Business Bank. The Government is also working with Her Majesty’s Treasury to actively look at ways to support businesses, especially small-and medium-sized businesses, through this temporary period of disruption. This includes unlocking up to £1 billion of attractive working capital loans to support small businesses, with more as needed.

We are closely monitoring the potential impacts on the UK economy, including on individual businesses, supply chains, and consumers.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress she has been made on establishing a protocol with social media companies to ensure that they take covert hostile state use of their platforms seriously as recommended by the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report on Russia published on 21 July 2020.

It is, and always will be, an absolute priority to protect the UK against foreign interference. That is why the Government has robust systems in place that bring together government, civil society and private sector organisations to monitor and respond to interference in whatever form it takes.

During times of heightened vulnerability such as elections or the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government stands up Counter Disinformation Unit. The Unit provides a comprehensive picture of the extent, scope and reach of mis- and disinformation, and works with social media platforms to ensure appropriate action is taken to address it, in line with their terms and conditions.

We engage regularly with social media companies and welcome the positive steps many of them have taken particularly in response to misinformation around COVID-19 vaccines. Platforms have updated terms of service and made technical changes to their products, but they need to do more. We continue to put pressure on them to respond quickly and effectively to the threat posed by false information and online manipulation.

The Government is developing and seeking input to inform an ambitious set of legislative proposals to counter these threats and strengthen our ability to deter, withstand and respond to such activity. The Home Office’s upcoming Counter State Threats legislation will provide the security services and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to tackle the evolving threat from hostile activity by states and actors.

We have also published the draft Online Safety Bill, which will bring in a legal duty of care and give companies clear legal responsibilities to improve user safety. The new laws will have robust and proportionate measures to deal with disinformation that could cause significant physical or psychological harm to an individual, such as anti-vaccination content and falsehoods about COVID-19.

21st Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of removing funding for Applied General Qualifications on the ability of students from disadvantaged backgrounds to progress to (a) higher education and (b) skilled employment.

The Department has consulted in two stages on proposals for the review of post-16 qualifications at level 3, which includes Applied General qualifications (AGQs). The review aims to ensure that students and employers have confidence that every qualification on offer is high quality and can lead to skilled employment or further study. The second stage consultation proposed that there should be a range of qualifications alongside A levels and T Levels in areas where those qualifications can demonstrate their necessity and meet new quality criteria.

The impact assessment published alongside the second stage of consultation stated that the changes will generally be positive because students will have access to higher quality qualifications in the future, including new T Levels. This will put them in a stronger position to progress to further study or skilled employment. It acknowledged that students from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to take qualifications that could have their funding approval removed but did not directly assess the effects of the proposed changes, including any changes to the availability of AGQs, on progression of disadvantaged students into higher education or skilled employment.

We are considering the feedback to the consultation carefully and will publish a full response, including an updated impact assessment, later this year.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress he has made on the development of a refreshed national plan for music education; and what his timeframe is for the publication of that plan.

The Government believes that the arts are an essential part of a broad and balanced education and that high-quality arts education should not be the preserve of the elite, but the entitlement of every single child.

Music Education Hubs have a vital role to play not only in core school music but also ensuring children have access to all the benefits of a wider musical education through instrumental lessons and ensembles. They have acted swiftly and innovatively to support schools through the COVID-19 outbreak, including the continuation of continuing professional development to classroom teachers.

Following the one-year Spending Review settlement, the Department intends to fund Music Education Hubs for the financial year 2021-22 and the budget will be announced shortly. Our partner organisations have been updated on this matter, and further details on specific funding allocations for each hub will follow.

A Call for Evidence was launched to support the refresh of the national plan. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, analysis of the Call for Evidence and the refresh of the national plan is currently on hold. The Department remains committed to the refresh and the results of the Call for Evidence, and the refreshed plan will be published in due course.

12th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to confirm the levels of Government funding for music education hubs in England for the 2021-22 financial year.

The Government believes that the arts are an essential part of a broad and balanced education and that high-quality arts education should not be the preserve of the elite, but the entitlement of every single child.

Music Education Hubs have a vital role to play not only in core school music but also ensuring children have access to all the benefits of a wider musical education through instrumental lessons and ensembles. They have acted swiftly and innovatively to support schools through the COVID-19 outbreak, including the continuation of continuing professional development to classroom teachers.

Following the one-year Spending Review settlement, the Department intends to fund Music Education Hubs for the financial year 2021-22 and the budget will be announced shortly. Our partner organisations have been updated on this matter, and further details on specific funding allocations for each hub will follow.

A Call for Evidence was launched to support the refresh of the national plan. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, analysis of the Call for Evidence and the refresh of the national plan is currently on hold. The Department remains committed to the refresh and the results of the Call for Evidence, and the refreshed plan will be published in due course.

5th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to help current Year 10 pupils catch up on learning time lost as a result of recent school closures.

The Government recognises that extended school and college restrictions have had a substantial impact on children and young people’s education and are committed to helping pupils make up lost education due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

We appointed Sir Kevan Collins as Education Recovery Commissioner to oversee the long-term plan to help schools support pupils make up their education over the course of this Parliament. Sir Kevan will engage with parents, pupils, and teachers in the development of this broader approach and review how evidence-based interventions can be used to address the impact the COVID-19 outbreak has had. We will share further details in due course.

As an immediate step, on the 24 February, we committed an additional £700 million to support summer schools, tutoring, early language interventions and additional support to schools to help pupils make up their education. This builds on the £1 billion catch-up package announced in June 2020, which included a catch-up premium, shared across state primary and secondary schools to support schools to make up for lost teaching time over this academic year. It also includes the National Tutoring Programme which provides schools with access to high-quality, subsidised tuition in this academic year and next.

Within the £700 million catch-up package, £200 million will be available to secondary schools to deliver a two-week summer school. Although we recommend a focus on incoming year 7 pupils, schools are also free to engage pupils in other years, should they identify a particular need.

A new one-off £302 million recovery premium will also be available for state primary and secondary schools, which includes £22 million to scale up evidenced approaches, building on the pupil premium, to further support pupils who need it most.

In addition, an expansion of the National Tutoring Programme for 5-16 year olds will ensure we can support even more pupils in 2021/22. The programme will support schools by providing approved tuition partners that offer subsidised tuition to schools and schools in some of the most disadvantaged areas will be supported to employ in-house academic mentors to provide tuition to their pupils.

2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to ensure that dependents accepted under the proposed bespoke immigration route for British Nationals (Overseas) passport holders from Hong Kong will be treated as home students for the purpose of tuition fees.

To qualify for home fee status in England, a person must have settled status or a recognised connection to the UK. This includes those who are covered by EU law, have long residence in this country or who have been granted international protection by the Home Office. There are also requirements associated with ordinary residence in the UK.

Subject to meeting the normal eligibility requirements, British Nationals (Overseas) status holders will be able to qualify for home fee status once they have acquired settled status in the UK. The same applies to their dependants.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Court of Justice of the European Union judgment, Williams and Others v British Airways plc of 15 September 2011, falls within the definition of retained EU case law in Article 26(1) of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

Our manifesto, clearly set out the ambition to make the UK the best place in the world to work. As announced in the Queens’ Speech, we will be bringing forward separate legislation to enhance rights to make the UK the best place in the world to work.

At the end of the Implementation Period, nearly all European Union law in effect in the UK will be saved and incorporated into a new category of domestic law called ‘Retained EU Law’. This includes judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) made before the end of the Implementation Period.

Therefore, each of the cases named in the Parliamentary Questions will be categorised as Retained EU Law.

7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Court of Justice of the European Union judgment Robinson-Steele v RD Retail Services Ltd and others of 16 March 2006 falls within the scope of retained EU case law in Article 26(1) of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

Our manifesto, clearly set out the ambition to make the UK the best place in the world to work. As announced in the Queens’ Speech, we will be bringing forward separate legislation to enhance rights to make the UK the best place in the world to work.

At the end of the Implementation Period, nearly all European Union law in effect in the UK will be saved and incorporated into a new category of domestic law called ‘Retained EU Law’. This includes judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) made before the end of the Implementation Period.

Therefore, each of the cases named in the Parliamentary Questions will be categorised as Retained EU Law.

7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Court of Justice of the European Union judgement Webb v EMO Air Cargo of 14 July 1994 falls within the scope of retained EU case law in Article 26(1) of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

Our manifesto, clearly set out the ambition to make the UK the best place in the world to work. As announced in the Queens’ Speech, we will be bringing forward separate legislation to enhance rights to make the UK the best place in the world to work.

At the end of the Implementation Period, nearly all European Union law in effect in the UK will be saved and incorporated into a new category of domestic law called ‘Retained EU Law’. This includes judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) made before the end of the Implementation Period.

Therefore, each of the cases named in the Parliamentary Questions will be categorised as Retained EU Law.

7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Court of Justice of the European Union judgment of 27 October 1993 Enderby v Frenchay Health Authority and Secretary of State for Health falls within the scope of retained EU case law in Article 26(1) of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

Our manifesto, clearly set out the ambition to make the UK the best place in the world to work. As announced in the Queens’ Speech, we will be bringing forward separate legislation to enhance rights to make the UK the best place in the world to work.

At the end of the Implementation Period, nearly all European Union law in effect in the UK will be saved and incorporated into a new category of domestic law called ‘Retained EU Law’. This includes judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) made before the end of the Implementation Period.

Therefore, each of the cases named in the Parliamentary Questions will be categorised as Retained EU Law.

7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Court of Justice of the European Union judgment Dekker v BJV-Centrum of 8 Nov 1990 falls within the scope of retained EU case law in Article 26(1) of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

Our manifesto, clearly set out the ambition to make the UK the best place in the world to work. As announced in the Queens’ Speech, we will be bringing forward separate legislation to enhance rights to make the UK the best place in the world to work.

At the end of the Implementation Period, nearly all European Union law in effect in the UK will be saved and incorporated into a new category of domestic law called ‘Retained EU Law’. This includes judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) made before the end of the Implementation Period.

Therefore, each of the cases named in the Parliamentary Questions will be categorised as Retained EU Law.

17th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what consultation the Government undertook with (a) humanitarian and development experts and (b) leading aid organisations before the decision was made to merge the Department for International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to create a new department, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

The Prime Minister has decided to merge the Department for International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to form a new international department – the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. The Government will continue to engage closely with interested stakeholders, including UK and international NGOs, in the weeks and months to come as we work to create the new department, which will unite our development expertise and first-class diplomatic service to make the UK a force for good in the world.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
16th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 16 June 2020 on Global Britain, if the Department for International Development budget will be ring-fenced for use within the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

The budget of the new department will combine the FCO and DFID budgets. The government remains committed to the target of spending 0.7 percent of our national income on aid, which is enshrined in law. As the Prime Minister has said and as reflected in the name of the new department, the development work of DFID will remain central to the new department’s mission.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
16th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 16 June 2020 on Global Britain, whether there will be a loss of (a) staff members and (b) expertise from the Department for International Development as a result of the merger of the Department of International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to create a new department, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Merging the departments will bring together the best of what we do in aid and diplomacy, and create new opportunities for staff. The ambition, vision and expertise of DFID staff will be at the heart of the new department – taking forward the work of UK aid, which will remain central to our mission. There will be no compulsory redundancies.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has undertaken regional impact assessments of the effect of potential (a) free trade agreements and (b) trade negotiation mandates with (i) Australia, (ii) New Zealand, (iii) Japan and (iv) the United States.

At the start of new free trade agreement negotiations, the Government will publish its Outline Approach which will include our negotiating objectives. This will be accompanied by a scoping assessment which will set out the potential economic results of any agreement and will provide preliminary assessments of the potential implications for the UK nations and English regions.

Conor Burns
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, the Governments of which countries have been contacted by the Government to discuss the establishment of international travel corridors with the UK.

The Government has announced that it has assessed the health measures at the UK border and as a result passengers will be exempted from self-isolation requirements in certain circumstances on arrival in the UK. This will apply to international rail, maritime, and aviation.

The Government will announce further details including a full list of the countries and territories from which arriving passengers will be exempted from self-isolation requirements later this week.

23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the criteria used to assess the suitability of countries with which the UK plans to establish international travel corridors.

The Government has announced that it has assessed the health measures at the UK border and as a result passengers will be exempted from self-isolation requirements in certain circumstances on arrival in the UK. This will apply to international rail, maritime, and aviation.

The Joint Biosecurity Centre, in close consultation with Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer, has developed a categorisation of countries and territories from which it is considered to present a lower risk from a public health perspective for passengers to enter the UK, without a requirement for 14 days isolation. This has been informed by factors including the prevalence of coronavirus within the country and, crucially, the numbers of new cases and the potential trajectory in the coming weeks of the disease in the country. This categorisation will inform Ministerial decisions about the easing of the current border measures.

The Government will announce further details including a full list of the countries and territories from which arriving passengers will be exempted from self-isolation requirements later this week.

19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to discuss with his overseas counterparts an agreement on a common international standard for healthcare screening at airports.

There are weekly meetings of the International Civil Aviation Organisation Council Aviation Recovery Task-Force which was set up specifically to address the aviation industry’s recovery from the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This brings together states, multilateral organisations and industry bodies. The UK takes a leading role in this forum, and in its associated sub-groups.

The UK also plays an active role in the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) which has regular meetings. Potential common health measures for aviation are discussed in both of these forums. Finally, the Secretary of State has met with foreign transport ministers to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on international aviation.

19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeframe for coming into force is for the measures in relation to international travel contained in the document entitled, Our plan to rebuild: the UK Government’s covid-19 recovery strategy, published on 11 May 2020.

The Home Office announced on 22 May that it currently intends to introduce these measures on 8 June.

19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of trials of large-scale temperature checks to help screen arriving and departing passengers for suspected covid-19 infection at Heathrow Airport.

Temperature testing is not currently a requirement at UK airports, however we are keeping all measures under constant review to ensure our approach is determined by the latest situation and is informed by the latest scientific findings. We have been engaging closely with London Heathrow Airport on the implementation of their temperature screening trial and are keen to see the results.

The department’s Chief Scientific Advisor has advised there are some limitations of temperature testing such as some symptomatic cases not always having a high temperature through the period when they are infectious. Therefore, it is important that any changes to our approach will be led by advice from SAGE and the Chief Medical Officer. Protecting the health of the UK public will always come first.

8th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether individuals and dependants accepted under the proposed bespoke immigration route for British Nationals (Overseas) passport holders from Hong Kong will be eligible for (a) universal credit, (b) pension credit, (c) child benefit, (d) personal independence payment, (e) carer's allowance and (f) other mainstream benefits.

Further details of the new immigration route for British Nationals (Overseas) will be released in due course.

6th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that UK travellers awaiting repatriation to the UK continue to receive the benefit payments they are entitled to beyond the usual four week period for payments under temporary absence rules.

DWP continues to support existing benefit recipients in exceptional cases where their absence abroad goes over the period allowed under the temporary absence benefit rules and are awaiting repatriation due to covid-19 travel restrictions.

2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she will take to reduce requirements for people in receipt of benefits to physically attend appointments if they need to self-isolate in response to a potential covid-19 infection.

I refer the Rt. Hon. Member to the answer I gave on 6 March 2020 to Question UIN [23556].

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to announce the removal of all covid-19 social distancing restrictions on weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and receptions.

At Step 4 of the Roadmap or no earlier than 21 June, the Government aims to remove all restrictions on weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and receptions, subject to the outcome of the social distancing review and also the events research programme.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support clinical research into infantile spasms.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including infantile spasms. It is not usual practice to ring-fence funds for particular topics or conditions. Applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the importance of the topic to patients and health and care services, value for money and scientific quality.

Since November 2016, the NIHR has supported seven studies on infantile spasms.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve awareness among (a) healthcare professionals and (b) the general public of the symptoms of infantile spasms.

In February 2020, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) updated the clinical guideline Epilepsies: diagnosis and management, originally published January 2012, which covers diagnosing, treating and managing epilepsy and seizures in children, young people and adults. It offers best practice advice on identifying and managing epilepsy to improve heath outcomes so that people with epilepsy can fully participate in daily life, and is designed to support children, young people and adults with epilepsy; as well as healthcare professionals. The guideline can be found at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg137

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2020 to Question 53422 on Aviation: Coronavirus, to which NHS hospitals were sick passengers identified by cabin crew transferred or further assessment and covid-19 testing between 22 January 2020 and 12 March 2020; and how many passengers were transferred to each of those NHS hospitals.

From the records held in the central airport monitoring hub a total of 62 sick passengers were identified by cabin crew. Data on which National Health Service hospitals passengers were transferred to after possible COVID-19 identification by cabin crew are not available.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
2nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the answer of the 1 June 2020 to Question 45163 on Aviation: Coronavirus, what was the total number of passengers screened during the period in which a form of enhanced covid-19 monitoring was in place from 22 January to 12 March 2020.

Symptom screening occurred through an enhanced monitoring process or approximately 250,000 passengers. Inbound passengers were not screened for COVID-19 using laboratory tests.

The enhanced monitoring process encompassed approximately 250,000 passengers. Over the monitoring period, between 22 January and 12 March, 129 ill passengers were identified and 59 of this group were taken for further assessment and COVID-19 testing by the National Health Service. Of the 59, none tested positive for COVID-19.

Enhanced monitoring and enhanced monitoring (by exception) included providing information to passengers through a variety of leaflets and posters at airports, and messaging and announcements in flight. Materials were made available in English and other languages. Enhanced public health protection measures including early warning of any symptomatic passenger in flight and the submission of a General Aircraft Declaration from the flight’s Captain.

Sick passengers who were identified by cabin crew were isolated and then transferred to either NHS hospitals or a specially commissioned facility (such as The London Isolation Centre) and if deemed clinically necessary tested for COVID-19.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 220 to Question 35010 on Aviation: Coronavirus, if he will publish the scientific advice on which the decision to end targeted screening measures being carried out at UK airports for inbound passengers during the containment phase of the covid-19 pandemic was based.

The Government has published online statements and accompanying evidence which demonstrate how our understanding of COVID-19 has evolved as new data has emerged. This has included decisions on travel and screening. These statements are available online at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-sage-coronavirus-covid-19-response

The Government considers advice from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) before adopting new policies and interventions in relation to COVID-19. SAGE relies on external science advice, including advice from expert groups and their papers. In the case of COVID-19, this includes the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG). The agendas and minutes of meetings of NERVTAG are available online at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/new-and-emerging-respiratory-virus-threats-advisory-group

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April to Question 35010 on Aviation: Coronavirus, how many inbound passengers were screened for covid-19 during the containment phase of the pandemic; and what steps were taken when passengers screened positively.

A form of enhanced monitoring was in place between 22 January – 12 March 2020 during the containment phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the entire monitoring period 129 ill passengers were identified and 59 of this group were taken for further assessment by the National Health Service. Of the 59, none tested positive for COVID-19.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) public health workers and (b) people employed to clean buildings have adequate (i) equipment, (i) resources and (iii) health protection to respond to an outbreak of covid-19.

Guidance for public health workers and primary responders was published by Public Health England (PHE) on 25 February 2020. It sets out how to identify potential cases as soon as possible, how to prevent potential transmission of infection to other patients and staff and how to isolate the patient.

The guidance is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wn-cov-guidance-for-primary-care/wn-cov-interim-guidance-for-primary-care#environmental-cleaning-following-a-possible-case

Guidance for employers and businesses, including cleaning offices and public spaces where there are suspected or confirmed cases of COVID 19 was published by PHE on 25 February 2020.

The guidance is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19

The National Health Service remains prepared to respond to high consequence infectious diseases, including the response to the current outbreak of COVID-19. The NHS has tried and tested procedures to response to infectious disease outbreaks many of which are used each year for seasonal flu. The NHS will continue to follow the public health advice from Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer to ensure the protection of NHS staff, patients and the public. It is the Government’s priority that the NHS has appropriate equipment, resources and health protection to respond to COVID-19 and we are working closely with the NHS England and the devolved administrations to ensure this.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the remit of Care Quality Commission inspections of (a) General Practitioners, (b) hospitals, (c) care homes and (d) dentists will be amended to include covid-19 preparedness.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) already assesses an organisation’s preparedness for fluctuations in demand or disruption to staffing or facilities due to seasonal or other expected or unexpected events, and whether they have in place processes for the prevention and control of infection. The CQC is also placing additional focus on preparedness for COVID-19 as part of their assessments both in health and social care services.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will take steps with (a) social media companies and (b) media outlets to ensure that the information they provide to the public on covid-19 is (i) consistent, (ii) timely, (iii) Government approved and (iv) can be accessed without a subscription.

The Department is working with a number of social media companies. This includes Twitter – who now have a COVID-19 prompt to its search function. This function automatically directs users to the Department’s Twitter page and gov.uk website when they search for #Coronavirus. The Department is also working with TikTok and a media medic to provide content on handwashing and how people can look after themselves, as well as including a search function directing people to National Health Service guidance.

The communications team within the Department are constantly in contact with all sections of the media – local, national and consumer. The Chief Medical Officer has hosted several press briefings and, along with Departmental Ministers, Public Health England senior clinical spokespeople and NHS senior leads, has undertaken many media interviews.

The Department launched a Government funded United Kingdom-wide advertising campaign on 2 February to provide clear advice to the public on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the impact on NHS services. This included public health advice on how people can protect themselves from infection. The Department updated this campaign with a new creative and new messaging which launched on 4 March. The campaign can be seen across print, digital and radio.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to minimise the risk of infection from covid-19 among (a) the over-60s, (b) people with (i) cardiovascular disease, (ii) diabetes, (iii) respiratory disease and (iv) cancer and (c) other high-risk groups.

It is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe illness as a result of COVID-19, based on analysis of the data from patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in China.

Public Health England and other national organisations have published messages to the public (which includes those with chronic conditions and the over-60s) as to the best ways to protect themselves from infection, including the importance of frequent hand cleaning with soap and water or sanitiser. The public are also advised to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing and throw the tissue away immediately. The importance of not touching your mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands is also being emphasised. Information is also provided on symptoms and exposure risk factors, which are kept under review and may need to be updated as the outbreak evolves and new information becomes available.

Further information is available at the following links:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequacy of the provision of intensive care beds in the event of a outbreak of covid-19.

The Department is confident that the United Kingdom is well prepared for disease outbreaks, having responded to a wide range of infectious disease outbreaks in the recent past, and having undertaken significant preparedness work for an influenza pandemic for well over one decade. NHS England have provided assurance that, at this point in time, they are confident they have enough bed capacity.

In preparing for, and responding to, a serious disease outbreak, the Government and the devolved administrations aim to ensure that the agencies responsible for tackling the outbreak are properly resourced to do so, that they have the people and the equipment and medicines they need.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will (a) work cross-party with and (b) provide (i) advice and expertise and (ii) reports from discussions at COBRA meetings to all MPs in pursuit and support of decisions relating to coronavirus.

Cross-party support is vital in relation to COVID-19. The Government continues to provide advice to hon. Members relating to COVID-19, including constituency related matters. COBRA meetings are emergency planning forums and the Government will continue to update parliamentarians as things progress, providing appropriate updates accordingly.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will (a) provide a briefing to hon. Members on its public health communications strategy for covid-19 and (b) deploy its behavioural insights team to help reduce the (i) risk of infection and (ii) transmission of that virus society through (A) self-isolation, (B) reduced travel activity and (C) encouraging the support of the public for behavioural changes to reduce the risk of infection.

Officials will be happy to provide a briefing on the communications strategy and the public health campaign to hon. Members. Both the strategy and the campaign have been guided by behavioural science and we have been working closely with behavioural scientists to reduce the risk of infection and slow the transmission. We are not yet advising people to reduce travel activity or self-isolate unless they have returned from an affected country. If we do, we will be guided by behavioural science.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
29th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment her Department has made of the security situation in Taiwan.

HMG considers the Taiwan issue one to be settled peacefully by the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait through constructive dialogue. We are concerned by any activity which raises tensions and risks destabilising the status quo and have been clear that the numerous Chinese military flights near Taiwan at the beginning of October were not conducive to peace and stability in the region. We underscored the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait alongside partners in the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers' communique in May and G7 Leaders' communique in June.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans the Government has for the (a) political and (b) diplomatic representation of the UK at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

As the Government has previously made clear, no decisions have yet been made about Government attendance at the Beijing Olympics in 2022.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

We are using every diplomatic and humanitarian lever at our disposal to address the crisis, including doubling our aid to Afghanistan and the region. On 31 October, the Prime Minister announced that £50 million of our total £286 million commitment will be allocated to UN agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross. This will provide life-saving humanitarian support to two and a half million Afghans.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her international counterparts on the announcement of a government in Afghanistan.

How to approach the Taliban has been a topic of numerous discussions since the Taliban's announcement on 7 September, including two meetings of Foreign Ministers hosted by the US, the meeting of P5 Foreign Ministers which the Foreign Secretary convened on 22 September, an extraordinary meeting of G20 Leaders that the Foreign Secretary attended on 19 October, as well as bilateral meetings that the Prime Minister, the Minister of State for South Asia Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, and the Foreign Secretary have had with our international counterparts including during the Foreign Secretary's trips to the region in September and October. The UK and our international partners have agreed that the best way to pursue our objectives on counter-terrorism, humanitarian access, human rights, regional security and safe passage is to have a pragmatic dialogue with the Taliban, including through the UK Mission for Afghanistan in Doha.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent steps her Department has taken to support low-income countries to (a) receive and (b) safely administer covid-19 vaccines pledged by the UK.

The UK is committed to equitable and global vaccine access, and is working with international partners to increase global supply and end the acute phase of the pandemic. This is why the UK has committed to sharing 100 million doses with countries in need by mid-2022. To date, 10.6 million doses have been delivered bilaterally, and a further 10 million doses have been accepted by COVAX to be delivered in the coming weeks. This is on top of the UK's £548 million support for COVAX's Advance Market Commitment, which will aim to supply up to 1.8 billion doses for up to 92 low and middle-income countries by early 2022. COVID-19 vaccines donated through COVAX are administered by Gavi and their Alliance partners, who work with governments to ensure robust and transparent distribution and reporting plans are in place to ensure priority groups are reached. For UK bilateral donations, we have sought assurances from recipients that they have the capacity to roll out doses in line with National Deployment and Vaccination Plans.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the prospects for a negotiated peace settlement in Yemen.

We support fully the Yemen peace process led by UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg. An inclusive political settlement is the only way to bring long-term stability to Yemen and end the humanitarian suffering. Special Envoy Grundberg recently visited Yemen and regional countries to drive momentum behind the peace process. However, the Houthis' offensive on Marib and Shabwa and the intensifying of Houthi cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia are worsening the crisis. On 20 October the UK supported a UN Security Council Press Statement calling for an immediate end to the Houthi escalation in Marib. The Foreign Secretary also raised Yemen with Saudi counterparts on her visit to Riyadh on 20 October. We urge the parties to engage constructively with the UN process and call on all states to release humanitarian funding commitments promptly.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her US counterpart on the (a) impact of the earthquake in Haiti in August 2021 on that country and its residents and (b) response effort to that earthquake.

Following the devastating earthquake which hit Haiti on 14 August, the UK provided £1m of assistance to supply over 3,800 shelter and hygiene kits which are helping 1,300 families; boosting the Caribbean Disaster Management Agency (CDEMA) and the UN's coordination efforts; and providing food vouchers for up to 15,000 families by the end of November. In September 2021, the Prime Minister spoke to Vice-President Kamala Harris and discussed both the impact of the earthquake and the response effort.

Our support was in addition to our significant contributions to the UN, the Red Cross and the Start fund. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel Wave Knight was deployed offshore from Haiti until 29 August, supporting the US humanitarian response by serving as a landing pad for US helicopters. Our combined military efforts resulted in 671 missions, saving 477 lives and the delivery of over 260,000 kilograms of aid. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), of which the UK is a founding donor, has agreed a pay out of approximately $40 million. We will continue to monitor the situation.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations she has made to the Government of Ethiopia on (a) humanitarian access to the Tigray region and (b) the recent expulsion of United Nations officials from that region.

I have called on all parties in Ethiopia to urgently agree a ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid through and for the Ethiopian Government to lift the de facto blockade of humanitarian relief into the Tigray region. On 30 September I also called on the Government of Ethiopia to reverse the decision to expel seven United Nations Officials from the country with immediate effect. The removal of key UN personnel will have a direct impact on the ability of the international community to deliver vital humanitarian assistance.

Our concerns were reiterated at the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council on 4 October where a joint statement was issued by the UK Ambassador to the UN on behalf of over 40 countries, and we also raised this at the UN Security Council (UNSC) briefing on Ethiopia on 6 October. We continue to push both sides of the conflict to prioritise the wellbeing of people in need in Ethiopia and allow the flow of badly needed humanitarian assistance.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the (a) political and (b) humanitarian situation in Lebanon as of 28 October 2021.

Lebanon is facing a severe economic crisis. Its people are suffering from the failure of Lebanon's political elites to deliver much-needed and long-promised reforms, exacerbated by the public health crisis caused by COVID-19 and the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion in August 2020.

Since 2011, the UK has allocated over £780 million in humanitarian and development funding to Lebanon. The UK and members of the International Support Group for Lebanon stand with the people of Lebanon in their time of need, but we are clear that Lebanon's leaders must implement a credible reform process as the only sustainable way to address the crisis. We need to see long-overdue reforms and an investigation into the tragic Beirut port explosion, which delivers justice for the victims. I raised this when I met the new Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati on 25 September. We continue to press the new government to implement the reforms needed set the country on a more sustainable footing.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many UK nationals have registered their presence in Afghanistan by using the (a) online form or (b) phone number accessed via the Afghanistan Travel Advice page of Gov.uk.

The 'Register your Presence in Afghanistan' form, launched on 30 August, has more than 4,200 British Nationals registered as of today. Registrations are still being submitted, therefore this number is likely to increase. We are working to verify how many of these are British nationals and are continuing to look at all possible avenues to ensure that any British Nationals are able to leave safely if they wish to.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many (a) UK and (b) Afghan nationals eligible for relocation to the UK have departed Afghanistan on international flights departing from Kabul Airport since 9 September 2021; and what criteria was used to select those people for those flights.

A total of 34 British nationals left Kabul on two Qatari Government charters on 9 and 10 September. 13 British nationals, with no Afghan dependents, left from Kabul on Thursday 9 September. A second Charter successfully left Kabul on Friday 10 September. This flight included 21 British nationals, with no Afghan dependents. The eligibility criteria was set by the Qatari Government and required the principal to be a foreign passport holder. Any family members travelling with the principal had to hold the correct documentation (e.g. a foreign passport or an Afghan passport with a valid visa for their final destination). Afghan dependents could only be considered eligible if they already held a British visa in their passport. Other Afghan nationals (not dependents of foreign nationals) were not eligible.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many people were helped to be evacuated from Afghanistan by the UK at the request of other countries or authority, broken down by requesting country or authority.

We do not have the specific data on numbers evacuated as a result of requests from other countries or authorities. However, we can confirm that between 15 and 29 August, the UK evacuated over 15,000 people from Afghanistan, including over 8,000 British Nationals. The former Foreign Secretary and Lord Ahmad have travelled to the region and continue to engage closely with neighbouring countries to support cooperation and the safe passage of Afghans and their immediate families. We have been in frequent contact with neighbouring countries and Rapid Deployment Teams (RDT) have been sent to Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Dubai to reinforce our Embassy staff to process arrivals from Afghanistan as well as provided assistance to third country nationals.

10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to facilitate the departure from Afghanistan of UK citizens and Afghan nationals eligible for relocation to the UK on international flights currently being allowed to depart from Kabul Airport.

We worked tirelessly during Operation Pitting to evacuate safely the overwhelming majority of UK nationals and eligible Afghan staff. We are continuing to explore all routes with neighbouring countries to support any remaining British nationals to return home, and Afghans to come to the UK, where the UK is their most appropriate destination. The former Foreign Secretary's visit to Pakistan and Qatar and Lord Ahmad's visit to Tajikistan focussed on regional diplomacy and secured cooperation to support Britons and their immediate families. 4 Rapid Deployment Teams consisting of 19 staff have been deployed to countries neighbouring Afghanistan and Qatar to ensure safe onward passage to the UK.

10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department made an assessment of the potential implications for (a) the UK and (b) Afghanistan of the Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan signed by the US Administration and the Taliban in February 2020 before that Agreement was signed.

The UK pushed hard for peace. We worked closely with international and regional partners, including the United States, to support Afghan peace efforts, including through diplomatic support and technical advice. Alongside international partners, we engaged with the Afghan government and Taliban negotiating teams.

8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many UK passport holders and others with permission to travel to the UK have registered their interest in seeking to return to the UK following Taliban forces taking control of Kabul on 15 August 2021 with UK Embassies in (a) Pakistan, (b) Iran, (c) Tajikistan, (d) Turkmenistan and (e) Uzbekistan; and what support is being provided by consular staff to help those people to return to the UK.

The current situation is very fluid and numbers are changing all the time and so it is hard to give an exact figure on how many British nationals and other qualifying individuals are left in country. We have evacuated over 8,300 British nationals to date. Several hundred have left the country independently, since we advised UK nationals to leave on 6 August. Rapid Deployment Teams (RDT) have been sent to Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to reinforce our Embassy staff to process arrivals from Afghanistan, including British Nationals and the Afghans who supported us. An RDT also deployed to Dubai to help those in transit. We are working, in collaboration with the Home Office, to support their return to the UK through assistance on border movement, travel documentation and transport.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, who made the decision to evacuate the UK embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan; on what date that decision was made; how many staff were still working in that embassy at the time of that evacuation; and when that embassy's evacuation plan was last updated prior to being put into action in August 2021.

The Embassy evacuation plan was kept under constant review. The decision to accelerate the evacuation of the Embassy in Kabul was made based upon a military assessment of the risk to staff and employees.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, for what reason he was unable to meet his commitment to answer all emails from hon. Members received by 30 August 2021 relating to Afghanistan by the end of 6 September 2021; and what new deadline he has set for answering those emails.

The Foreign Secretary undertook that FCDO would reply to all MPs who wrote in about Afghanistan cases before 31 August by Monday 6 September. This was done on 5 September with a letter from Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon to all those Parliamentarians who had sent cases to the FCDO. This letter outlined the action that we are taking to progress cases that have been sent to us, as well as setting out the relevant contact routes that are applicable, now that the evacuation phase is over.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many Afghan nationals who were called forward by his Department to Kabul airport for evacuation and who were unable to board flights have now been guaranteed a place under the Afghan Citizens' Resettlement Scheme and had their details transferred from his Department to the Home Office.

Afghan nationals who were notified by the UK Government that they had been called forward for evacuation, but who were unable to board flights, will be offered a place under the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme if they wish to come to the UK. Efforts are being made to find ways for them to travel to the UK.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) reasons for not destroying sensitive material including personal details of Afghans employed by the UK Government during the drawdown of the UK Embassy in Kabul, (b) threat posed to people who have been exposed by their details not having been destroyed and (c) potential for ongoing UK operations in the region to have been compromised by not destroying such sensitive material.

We have worked tirelessly to secure the safety of those who worked for us including getting three families to safety. During the drawdown of our Embassy every effort was made to destroy sensitive material.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he last spoke to (a) the Afghan Foreign Minister or (b) other senior Afghan officials prior to Taliban forces taking control of Kabul on 15 August.

FCDO Ministers are in frequent contact with Ministers and senior officials in the Afghan Government. Ministers, including the Foreign Secretary and Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, were also in close contact with regional and international partners on emerging events in Afghanistan.
Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will (a) publish the eligibility criteria for people to qualify as special cases under the Government's resettlement programme for non-British nationals wishing to leave Afghanistan, (b) provide details of how people can apply to be considered as special cases under that programme and (c) outline what support his Department is providing to people that qualify as special cases under that programme.

The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) will be led by the Home Office, who are developing the eligibility criteria.
Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he last discussed the implications of UK troop withdrawal from Afghanistan with the Foreign Minister or other senior officials of (a) Pakistan, (b) Iran, (c) Tajikistan, (d) Turkmenistan and (e) Uzbekistan prior to Taliban forces taking control of Kabul on 15 August 2021.

The Foreign Secretary is in regular contact with counterparts in the region. As set out in the Foreign Secretary’s statement to Parliament on September 6th, he visited Qatar and Pakistan from 1-3 September and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon visited Uzbekistan and Tajikistan from 1-3 September. The Foreign Secretary also had telephone conversations with the Uzbek Foreign Minister on 6 September, the Tajik Foreign Minister on 2 September, and with the Foreign Minister of Pakistan on 15 and 27 August. Lord Ahmad additionally called the Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan, on 3 September, the Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan on 25 August and Deputy Foreign Minister of Tajikistan on the same day. They held discussions with counterparts on securing safe passage for those fleeing Afghanistan and advancing the government’s international priorities.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
6th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the number of British nationals wishing to return to the UK who (a) remain in Afghanistan and (b) have registered their presence as remaining in Afghanistan with his Department.

We have worked tirelessly to safely evacuate the overwhelming majority of British Nationals and Afghans who worked for us. We have asked all British nationals who remain in Afghanistan to register their presence with us and are working to verify those who have responded. That process is ongoing. We continue to look at all possible avenues to ensure that any British Nationals are able to leave safely if they wish to. The situation is very fluid and numbers are changing all the time and so it is hard to give an exact figure on how many are left.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
6th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many Afghan nationals who are eligible for relocation to the UK remain in Afghanistan; and what methodology he used to estimate that number.

We have worked tirelessly to safely evacuate the overwhelming majority of British Nationals and Afghans who worked for us. We have asked all British nationals who remain in Afghanistan to register their presence with us and are working to verify those who have responded. That process is ongoing. We continue to look at all possible avenues to ensure that any British Nationals are able to leave safely if they wish to. The situation is very fluid and numbers are changing all the time and so it is hard to give an exact figure on how many are eligible for relocation.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
6th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that British nationals and non-British nationals who are eligible for relocation to the UK who remain in Afghanistan are able to safely cross borders into neighbouring states.

We stand by our commitment to support those who have worked for us, and to take all remaining eligible cases. We are clear that the Taliban must ensure safe passage for these people out of Afghanistan and any engagement with them will emphasise this first and foremost. We have been in frequent contact with neighbouring countries and Rapid Deployment Teams (RDT) have been sent to Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to reinforce our Embassy staff to process arrivals from Afghanistan. An RDT also deployed to Dubai to help those in transit.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
6th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many Chevening scholars wishing to exit Afghanistan remain in that country; and what plans his Department has to assist their exit from Afghanistan.

Between 15 and 29 August, the UK evacuated over 15,000 people from Afghanistan. This includes around 500 special cases of particularly vulnerable Afghans, including Chevening scholars, journalists, human rights defenders, campaigners for women's rights, judges and many others. All these figures include dependants.

Our priority now is securing safe passage out of the country for all British Nationals and eligible Afghans who wish to leave. We are working through our diplomatic channels to that end, and the Taliban have given assurances that they will provide safe passage for foreign nationals and those eligible Afghans who wish to leave.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2021 to Question 14158 on Iran: Detainees, what progress his Department has made on its review of detained UK dual national Anoosheh Ashoori’s application for diplomatic immunity; and when his Department plans to (a) complete and (b) announce a decision on that review.

We have received Mr Ashoori's application for diplomatic protection. The Foreign Secretary is considering the matter carefully. We remain committed to securing Mr Ashoori's immediate and permanent release. We have been supporting Mr Ashoori's family since we became aware of his detention. The Foreign Secretary has remained in contact with the family to reinforce the UK's efforts to bring him home. He last met them on 2 August.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions the Government has held with the Iranian Government on the possibility of prisoner exchanges for the purposes of securing the release of British-Iranian dual nationals held arbitrarily in Iran.

Securing the immediate and permanent release of arbitrarily detained dual British nationals in Iran is a top priority. The Foreign Secretary has repeatedly pressed for this, most recently on 20 August, as has our Ambassador in Tehran. We do not accept any of our dual nationals being used as diplomatic leverage. All decisions we take in these cases are based on what we believe will be in the best interests for these detained British nationals.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what progress the Government has made in working with it's international allies to develop a common approach to the attribution of malicious cyber activity by (a) Russia and (b) other countries as recommended by the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report on Russia published on 21 July 2020.

The UK has been at the forefront of demonstrating that there are meaningful consequences to malicious cyber activity. We co-ordinate closely with a wide range of international partners. We share our analysis of the threat and our experience in responding in order to increase the capabilities and commitment of countries around the world to respond and deter malicious cyber activity. We have a network of cyber attachés across the world who work with international partners to raise awareness and build capacity to defend against cyberattacks including coordinating on our approaches to attributing malicious cyber activity.

Hostile actors must understand that irresponsible behaviour in cyberspace will carry costs. The UK has been at the forefront of demonstrating these consequences coordinating the use of existing tools and working to put in place new tools such as EU and UK cyber sanctions regimes. In 2020 the UK, working in solidarity with the EU, imposed cyber sanctions on 12 entities and individuals from China, Russia and DPRK. Since 2017, working in solidarity with a growing coalition of international partners we have attributed a number of malicious cyber incidents to Russia, China, DPRK and Iran including attacks including NotPetya, WannaCry, Sandworm, APT28, APT10 and the Solarwinds compromise.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many Departmental staff have been made redundant as a result of the merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and what is the total cost of redundancy payments made to those staff.

As the Foreign Secretary said on 18 June 2020, there will be no compulsory redundancies as a result of the merger.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many staff from his Department have been posted overseas by country in each of the last five years.

Former FCO data for the last five years is available in the Annual Report & Accounts for each financial year and which is available on Gov.uk. Former DFID data is not routinely published. FCDO headcount data as of 31 March 2021 will be published as part of the 2020-21 Annual Report and Accounts in due course.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much country-specific bilateral Official Development Assistance has been received by each recipient country in each of the last 5 years.

The Statistics on International Development (SID) National Statistics, published on GOV.UK, provides an overview of all UK spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA).

UK ODA figures for 2020 will be published in Autumn 2021, via Statistics on International Development: Final UK Aid Spend 2020.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which countries will receive UK bilateral Official Development Assistance in 2021-22; and how much UK bilateral Official Development Assistance has been allocated to each of those countries.

FCDO will publish 2021/22 financial budgets in our Annual Report and Accounts, which are due to be published later this year.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has at all times followed the (a) Cabinet Office's official guidance on electronic communications and (b) Lord Chancellor’s Code of Practice on the management of records.

It has been the long-standing practice of successive Governments not to comment on security related matters.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he was issued with a government mobile phone on his appointment; and whether he uses that phone as his primary communication device for official government business.

It has been the long-standing practice of successive Governments not to comment on security related matters.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what advice he received from his officials and the security services in response the discovery that his personal information, including a private mobile phone number, had been available publicly online for the last 11 years.

It has been the long-standing practice of successive Governments not to comment on security related matters.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what advice he has received from officials and the security services on the type of government communications it is appropriate or secure to conduct on his private mobile phone and on the necessary requirements for appropriate record keeping of those communications.

It has been the long-standing practice of successive Governments not to comment on security related matters.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he uses or has used since his appointment his personal mobile phone for official government business.

It has been the long-standing practice of successive Governments not to comment on security related matters.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he uses or has used since his appointment his personal mobile phone for diplomatic purposes including direct contact, via call or direct message, with other foreign ministers and senior figures in international organisations.

It has been the long-standing practice of successive Governments not to comment on security related matters.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether (a) he, (b) officials in his Department and (c) the security services have made an assessment of the potential risk of hostile actors being able to (i) compromise and (ii) intercept messages or calls from Ministers' private mobile phone numbers that are publicly available.

It has been the long-standing practice of successive Governments not to comment on security related matters.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what advice he received on his appointment from officials and the security services on ensuring his personal information, including his private mobile number, was not publicly available online.

It has been the long-standing practice of successive Governments not to comment on security related matters.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his private mobile phone has been made available to the security services for assessment of any potential breaches of security related to his personal mobile phone number being available publicly online for the last 11 years.

It has been the long-standing practice of successive Governments not to comment on security related matters.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential security risks associated with the Secretary of State's personal information, including a private mobile phone number, being available publicly online for the past eleven years.

It has been the long-standing practice of successive Governments not to comment on security related matters.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether departmental business has been conducted on private email addresses; and what mechanisms are in place to ensure that full records are kept of that business.

I refer the Hon. Member to the Cabinet Office guidance to departments on use of private emails.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-departments-on-private-email-use

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his departmental IT systems allow officials, advisors and ministers to access private email accounts from their departmental desktop computers and department-issued laptop computers and mobile phone devices.

I refer the Hon. Member to the Cabinet Office guidance to departments on use of private emails. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-departments-on-private-email-use

It is government policy not to comment on specific technical security controls; however, the incidental personal use of private email accounts from departmental systems is subject to our 'Acceptable Use' policy, in spare time.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether a risk assessment has been carried out on the secure holding of CCTV footage within his Department.

As has been the case under successive Administrations, it is not government policy to comment on security procedures in government buildings.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
25th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Uganda on alleged attacks on (a) freedom of speech and (b) members of the opposition in that country.

The UK Government is concerned about restrictions placed on freedom of expression and the treatment of opposition candidates and their supporters in the run-up to and since the Ugandan elections. In my post-election statement, I urged the Government of Uganda to meet its human rights commitments and to respect the right of freedom of speech for all Ugandans. I have raised my concerns over the treatment of the opposition, including the reports of missing persons and arbitrary detention with the then Ugandan Foreign Minister, Sam Kutesa, on 21 April 2021 and with the Ugandan High Commissioner on 16 June, and urged the Government of Uganda to solve these issues swiftly.

The UK, along with 17 members of the Media Freedom Coalition, issued a statement in the week of the election expressing concern about the situation for journalists and media freedom in Uganda. We called for the Ugandan authorities to investigate attacks on the press and hold those responsible to account, ensuring that journalists are provided with the necessary protections, accreditation, and access that they need to do their jobs. As a long-standing partner to Uganda, the UK will continue to press for the rights of all Ugandans to be upheld.

25th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Zimbabwe on alleged attacks on (a) freedom of speech and (b) members of the the opposition in that country.

The UK remains concerned about the current political situation in Zimbabwe, particularly human rights violations and the pattern of arrests of prominent opposition, civil society figures and journalists. We remain clear that the Government of Zimbabwe must meet its international and domestic obligations by respecting the rule of law, safeguarding human rights and committing to genuine political and economic reform for the benefit of all Zimbabweans.

We regularly engage with the Government of Zimbabwe to urge them to adhere to their international human rights obligations and respect the freedoms and rights enshrined in the Zimbabwean constitution. On 9 June, I spoke with Foreign Minister Shava and emphasised our human rights concerns and the need for reform. In addition, we coordinate closely with our international partners, including the G7, to ensure we are bringing coordinated pressure to bear. We will continue to speak out, both privately and in public, where we have concerns, and, work alongside the international community to support a better future for all Zimbabweans.

25th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of (a) humanitarian access, (b) food insecurity and (c) allegations of serious human rights abuses and atrocities in Ethiopia.

The UK Government is deeply concerned about the grave humanitarian situation in Ethiopia. Over 350,000 people are assessed to be in famine-like conditions - more than anywhere else in the world. The UK's Special Envoy for Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Affairs, Nick Dyer visited Tigray in May and concluded that region-wide famine in Tigray is now likely if conflict intensifies and impediments to the delivery of humanitarian aid continue. The UK with other G7 leaders have called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and unimpeded humanitarian access as set out in the G7 Summit Communique of 13 June. All G7 nations and the EU, along with a growing number of other nations have joined the UK's call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.

We are appalled by systematic killing of civilians, widespread rape, including of children, indiscriminate shelling and the forcible displacement of ethnic Tigrayans. Those responsible for such abuses and violations need to be held to account. We welcome the joint Enquiry of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) into human rights violations and abuses in Tigray, and continue to press for unfettered access to the region and victims. The UK will support the UNOHCHR to ensure that their joint investigation into atrocities in Tigray with the EHRC is independent, transparent and impartial. The UK further welcomes the proposed African Union Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights, calls for the Government of Ethiopia to allow access to this inquiry and is in touch with the African Union on how we might support this effort.

24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on the arbitrary detention of UK national, Mr Jagtar Singh Johal.

The UK Government takes all allegations of human rights violations very seriously, and raises concerns with the local authorities where appropriate. We regularly raise Mr Johal's case directly with the Government of India at official and Ministerial level. The Foreign Secretary raised Mr Johal's case with the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, on 6 May. The Secretary of State for International Trade raised the case with the Indian Minister for Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on 5 February. Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, raised Mr Johal's case with the Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kishan Reddy and with Minister Prasad on 15 March during his visit to India. Most recently, Lord Ahmad raised Mr Johal's case with the Indian High Commissioner on 8 June. This Government will continue to look to raise our concerns about Mr Johal's case at all appropriate opportunities.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts at the G7 Summit in Cornwall on the establishment of an international fund for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

The UK remains committed to making progress towards a two-state solution. The Foreign Secretary regularly discusses this issue with international counterparts. Peace will only come through negotiations between the parties, but international action has a role in facilitating progress.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts at the G7 Summit in Cornwall on re-establishing a peace process to secure a negotiated two-state solution between Israel and Palestine.

The UK remains committed to making progress towards a two-state solution. The Foreign Secretary regularly discusses this issue with international counterparts. Peace will only come through negotiations between the parties, but international action has a role in facilitating progress.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support the UK is providing to the Government of National Unity to ensure free and fair elections are held in Libya by the end of 2021.

Free, fair and inclusive national elections on 24 December 2021, including women's full, equal and meaningful participation, are a priority for the UK, as set out in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum Roadmap and endorsed by UK-drafted UN Security Council Resolution 2570. The Prime Minister discussed the importance of elections in his meeting with Prime Minister Dabaiba in London on 24 June 2021. I shared the same message with a range of Libyan interlocutors during my visit to Tripoli on 9-10 June and at the Berlin II Conference on 23 June. The UK has, through the UN Development Programme, provided support to the High National Executive Council (HNEC) to plan, prepare and conduct national and municipal elections in Libya. The UK also provided financial support to the UN to convene the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the restoration of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

We have been engaged in intensive discussions in Vienna with other Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) participants and the US, which are aimed at returning the US to the JCPoA, bringing Iran back into full compliance with its commitments and restoring the benefits of the deal for all. Our priority remains to find a diplomatic way forward and bring an end to Iran's continues systematic non-compliance with its JCPoA commitments.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he is making to his international counterparts on securing a comprehensive arms embargo against Myanmar.

The UK is a longstanding supporter of an arms embargo on Myanmar. We are clear that no one should sell arms to Myanmar.  The UK worked to secure a strong G7 statement on the 3 and 23 February urging all countries to immediately suspend arms sales to Myanmar. On 5 May, the UK secured a G7 Foreign and Development Ministers' Meeting Communiqué that committed G7 members to continue to prevent the supply of arms and technical assistance to the military. The G7 Leaders' Communiqué of 13 June reaffirmed G7 unity on pursuing additional measures should they prove necessary. On 18 June, the UK worked with partners to deliver a UN General Assembly Resolution which urged member states to prevent the flow of arms to Myanmar. We will continue to work closely with partners and through multilateral institutions, such as the UN Security Council, to apply pressure directly on those who sell arms to the military.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
22nd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has plans to extend Magnitsky-style sanctions to Chief Executive Carrie Lam for alleged suppression of freedom and democratic processes in Hong Kong.

The UK is deeply concerned about the situation in Hong Kong and the erosion of rights and freedoms and the high degree of autonomy enshrined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration. It is crystal clear that the powers under the National Security Law are being used as a tool to curtail freedoms and punish dissent, rather than keep public order.

We do not speculate on who may be designated under the UK's sanctions regime in the future, but sanctions are just one tool in our arsenal. The UK has already taken a number of actions in response to developments in Hong Kong. These include introducing a new bespoke immigration path for British Nationals (Overseas) (BNOs), suspending our extradition treaty with Hong Kong indefinitely, and extending our arms embargo on mainland China to Hong Kong.

We will continue to stand up for the people of Hong Kong as befits our historic commitment to them, to call out the violation of their rights and freedoms.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
22nd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has of the potential effect of closing British Council overseas offices on the (a) UK’s soft power capabilities and the (b) Government’s Global Britain agenda.

Despite the difficult financial situation, we have increased funding to the British Council by 27% this year, to £189 million. We have provided loans of up to £245 million to support them through the pandemic.

The British Council will also need to change to make the most impact in a changing world - especially in digitising its operations. We continue to support its leading role in promoting the English language and UK arts, culture and education in more than 100 countries.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
22nd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to tackle global corruption.

Tackling global corruption is a top priority for FCDO, as set out in the Foreign Secretary's recent speech at the UN General Assembly Special Session on Corruption. Our new Global Anti-Corruption sanctions regime, launched in April 2020 to prevent and combat corruption, allows the Government to impose travel bans and asset freezes on corrupt individuals and their enablers around the world. In our first tranche of designations we targeted 22 individuals from six countries - and more will follow. From our Official Development Assistance budget we continue to support the National Crime Agency's International Corruption Unit, which has restrained, recovered or returned over £300 million of assets stolen from developing countries since 2018. We are championing beneficial ownership transparency as a key anti-corruption initiative: promoting it in our G7 Presidency; and supporting all inhabited Overseas Territories to implement their commitments to publicly accessible registers, publishing a draft Order in Council setting out the Government's minimum requirements in this regard. In addition we have committed new resources to support independent media and investigative journalists, who play such a vital role exposing corruption in countries around the world.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has referred Freedom of Information requests to the central Cabinet Office Clearing House on Freedom of Information requests for advice on the handling of those requests in each of the last two years.

FOI requests are referred to the Clearing House in line with the published criteria available on gov.uk. The Clearing House, which has been in existence since 2004, provides advice to ensure a consistent approach across government to requests for information.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
11th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 May 2021 to Question 4590, on Iran: Detainees, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of supporting an application for detained British dual national in Iran, Anoosheh Ashoori, to be released on prison furlough.

We remain committed to securing the immediate and permanent release of Anoosheh Ashoori and other arbitrarily detained dual British nationals in Iran. Their welfare remains a top priority. Our Embassy in Tehran continues to request consular access to Mr Ashoori and we have been supporting his family since being made aware of his detention. Our Ambassador in Tehran raised our dual national cases with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, most recently on 9 June. We have recently received Mr Ashoori's diplomatic protection application and officials are currently reviewing the extensive documentation.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 May 2021 to Question 4590, on Iran: Detainees, when the review of detained UK dual national Anoosheh Ashoori’s application for diplomatic immunity is planned to be completed and a decision announced.

We remain committed to securing the immediate and permanent release of Anoosheh Ashoori and other arbitrarily detained dual British nationals in Iran. Their welfare remains a top priority. Our Embassy in Tehran continues to request consular access to Mr Ashoori and we have been supporting his family since being made aware of his detention. Our Ambassador in Tehran raised our dual national cases with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, most recently on 9 June. We have recently received Mr Ashoori's diplomatic protection application and officials are currently reviewing the extensive documentation.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 May 2021 to Question 4592, on Mehran Raoof, when was the last time UK officials made contact with detained dual British national Mehran Raoof in Iran; and whether a UK official is planned to attend Mr Raoof's trial with him on 13 June 2021.

Officials at the British Embassy in Tehran formally requested access and attempted to attend Mr Raoof's hearing on 13th June, but were denied access. We will continue to request access to hearings for dual British nationals where the family wishes us to do so.

We remain in close contact with the family of Mehran Raoof and our Embassy in Tehran continues to request consular access. Iran does not however recognise dual nationality and does not grant access.

We continue to raise dual national cases at the most senior levels, and discuss them at every opportunity with our Iranian counterparts. Her Majesty's Ambassador in Tehran regularly raises dual national cases with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, most recently on 9 June.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Prime Minister raised the issues of (a) women's rights, (b) LGBT+ rights, (c) the rule of law and democracy, (d) press freedom and (e) the rights of asylum seekers in Hungary at his meeting with his counterpart, Viktor Orban, on 28 May 2021.

The Prime Minister met Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán on 28 May. As incoming President of the Visegrád Group from 1 July this year, cooperation with Hungary is important for the UK's prosperity and security. The PM's meeting with Viktor Orbán was an important moment to promote UK interests.

The Prime Minister raised his significant concerns about human rights in Hungary, including gender equality, LGBT rights and media freedom. The leaders also discussed a number of foreign policy issues including Russia, Belarus and China. The Prime Minister encouraged Hungary to use their influence to promote democracy and stability. The Government has condemned Orban's references to migrants as 'Muslim Invaders', which were divisive and wrong. Where we have concerns, we do not shy away from raising them.

It is right that we build our bilateral relationships through dialogue and conversation. The Government will continue to work closely with the Hungarian Government, businesses, civil society, NGOs and religious communities on our shared priorities.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the commitments to address arbitrary detention made in the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting Communiqué of 5 May 2021, what steps he plans to take with his G7 counterparts to secure the release of British dual-nationals arbitrarily detained in Iran, including (a) Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, (b) Anoosheh Ashoori and (c) Mehran Raoof.

We are in contact with a range of international partners including the G7 who share our deep concerns about the ongoing detention of arbitrarily detained foreign nationals, including dual British nationals, in Iran. We continue to raise the named individuals' cases at the most senior levels, and discuss them at every opportunity with our Iranian counterparts. Our Ambassador in Tehran regularly raises our dual national cases with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, most recently on 24 May.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of granting diplomatic protection to (a) Anoosheh Ashoori and (b) other dual British nationals detained in Iran.

We remain committed to securing the immediate and permanent release of Anoosheh Ashoori and other arbitrarily detained dual British nationals in Iran. Their welfare remains a top priority. Our Embassy in Tehran continues to request consular access to Mr Ashoori and we have been supporting his family since being made aware of his detention. We have recently received Mr Ashoori's diplomatic protection application and officials are currently reviewing the extensive documentation.

The Foreign Secretary continues to raise the UK's concerns about Iran's practice of detaining foreign and dual nationals with Foreign Minister Zarif, most recently on 3 April, and the Prime Minister has raised the issue with President Rouhani on 10 March.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will ensure that UK officials attend any future trial hearings related to the detained British dual national Mehran Raoof in Iran.

We are supporting the family of Mehran Raoof and remain in close contact with them to discuss the support we provide to Mr Raoof. We will continue to request access to hearings for dual British nationals where the family wishes us to do so, however Iran routinely denies us access to such hearings because they view British dual nationals as solely Iranian.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with international counterparts who have had success in securing the release of dual nationals detained in Iran; and what steps he is taking to apply the findings of those discussions to his efforts to secure the release of dual British nationals detained in Iran.

We are in contact with a range of international partners who share our deep concerns about the ongoing detention of arbitrarily detained dual British nationals in Iran. We remain committed to securing their immediate and permanent release, so that they can be reunited with their loved ones. We continue to raise their cases at the most senior levels, and discuss them at every opportunity with our Iranian counterparts. Our Ambassador in Tehran regularly raises our dual national detainees with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
27th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to respond to (a) Question 181267, on Francis Maude Associates, and (b) Question 181266, on Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Pay, tabled on 15 April 2021 by the hon. Member for Wigan.

An answer to both of these questions was issued on 28 April 2021.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
26th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, for what reasons his Department has not yet published information on the gifts and hospitality received by its departmental special advisers in line with the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisors for the periods (a) April to June 2020, (b) July to September 2020 and (c) October to December 2020; and when he plans to publish that information for each of those time periods.

Information on gifts and hospitality received by FCDO Special Advisers for the periods (a) April to June 2020, and (b) July to September 2020 can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/spads-data.

Information pertaining to the period (c) of October to December 2020 will be published at the same link in due course, in accordance with timelines set out by the Cabinet Office.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of the freezing of assets of BBC Persian staff, former staff and contributors by the Iranian authorities; and what representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on that matter.

We condemn the persecution of current and former BBC Persian employees and their family members, and the many individuals who have had their assets frozen or are banned from leaving Iran. These actions by the Iranian authorities contravene multiple international human rights obligations, including restrictions on media freedom.

We continue to regularly raise this harassment directly with the Iranian government, as well as in multilateral fora, including the Human Rights Council. In October 2020, at the UN Third Committee, we urged Iran to cease their harassment of journalists and media organisations; and in March 2021, at the Human Rights Council, we made clear to Iran that their repeated violations of human rights are unacceptable. We will continue to call out these violations for as long as Iran commits them.

The British Government is committed to the promotion of media freedom. Journalists must be able to investigate and report independently.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the harassment and intimidation of (a) BBC Persian staff and (b) other independent journalists and their families in Iran; and what representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on that harassment.

We condemn the persecution of current and former BBC Persian employees and their family members, and the many individuals who have had their assets frozen or are banned from leaving Iran. These actions by the Iranian authorities contravene multiple international human rights obligations, including restrictions on media freedom.

We continue to regularly raise this harassment directly with the Iranian government, as well as in multilateral fora, including the Human Rights Council. In October 2020, at the UN Third Committee, we urged Iran to cease their harassment of journalists and media organisations; and in March 2021, at the Human Rights Council, we made clear to Iran that their repeated violations of human rights are unacceptable. We will continue to call out these violations for as long as Iran commits them.

The British Government is committed to the promotion of media freedom. Journalists must be able to investigate and report independently.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of the ongoing criminal charges issued by the Iranian authorities against BBC Persian staff; and what representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on that matter.

We condemn the persecution of current and former BBC Persian employees and their family members, and the many individuals who have had their assets frozen or are banned from leaving Iran. These actions by the Iranian authorities contravene multiple international human rights obligations, including restrictions on media freedom.

We continue to regularly raise this harassment directly with the Iranian government, as well as in multilateral fora, including the Human Rights Council. In October 2020, at the UN Third Committee, we urged Iran to cease their harassment of journalists and media organisations; and in March 2021, at the Human Rights Council, we made clear to Iran that their repeated violations of human rights are unacceptable. We will continue to call out these violations for as long as Iran commits them.

The British Government is committed to the promotion of media freedom. Journalists must be able to investigate and report independently.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of recent allegations made by the Government of the Czech Republic on the involvement of Russian intelligence operatives in the destruction of an ammunitions storage depot at Vrbetice on 16 October 2014; and what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on that matter.

The UK stands in full support of our Czech allies, who have exposed the lengths that the Russian intelligence services will go to in their attempts to conduct dangerous and malign operations in Europe. This is part of a pattern of behaviour by Moscow, which includes the Novichok attack in Salisbury. We are as determined and committed as ever to bring those responsible for the attack in Salisbury to justice, and commend the actions of the Czech authorities to do the same. Russia must desist from these actions, which violate the most basic international norms. The UK will continue to work with allies to call out Russia's malign behaviour where we see it.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether (a) he or (b) civil servants in his Department have met representatives from Francis Maude Associates in the past 2 years.

Details of external ministerial meetings can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/fco-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings-april-to-june-2020. Details of FCDO transparency returns for senior UK officials can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/pus-data.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many and what proportion of officials employed by his Department receive remuneration as a result of working for an organisation or company outside of government.

This information is not held centrally.

The Civil Service Management Code sets out, at paragraph 4.3.4, the requirement that civil servants must seek permission before accepting any outside employment which might affect their work either directly or indirectly. The applicable principles are those set out in the Business Appointment Rules. The Civil Service Management Code is published at www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-servants-terms-and-conditions. The requirements are also mirrored in the Diplomatic Service Regulations.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 April 2021 to Question 174111, on Voluntary Service Overseas: Finance, what the value is of the short-term funding extension for the Volunteering for Development programme offered to VSO; and when that extension is due to come to an end.

We have agreed an extension, from 31 March to 31 May 2021, with Voluntary Service Overseas for the Volunteering for Development Grant. This provides short term support whilst funding decisions are being made.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support his Department is providing to UK nationals in St Vincent that have been affected by recent eruptions of the La Soufrière volcano.

We are monitoring the situation in St Vincent and the Grenadines closely and our thoughts are with those affected by the eruptions. This is a distressing time for British Nationals there and we have provided support to those who have contacted us. We have supported 7 British Nationals who took up an offer of a transfer from St Vincent to St Maarten on a Royal Caribbean ship which left St Vincent on 16 April and arrived in St Maarten on 17 April. To meet the ship, and assist these British Nationals on arrival in St Maarten, a 5 person UK Rapid Deployment Team arrived on St Maarten in the afternoon of 16 April. We encourage British Nationals to consult our Travel Advice. Those in need of assistance should contact Consular officials at the British High Commission in Bridgetown.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help facilitate the evacuation of UK nationals from St Vincent following the La Soufrière volcano eruption.

There are a small number of British nationals currently in St Vincent and the Grenadines. We supported 7 British Nationals who took up the offer of a transfer from St Vincent to St Maarten on a Royal Caribbean ship. To meet the ship and assist these British Nationals on arrival in St Maarten on 17 April a UK Rapid Deployment Team travelled to St Maarten on 16 April. British Nationals in the area should continue to follow the advice of local authorities and are encouraged to contact the FCDO if they need consular assistance. British Nationals can contact the FCDO via phone and should sign up online for updates on FCDO Travel Advice for St Vincent and the Grenadines and for Barbados. Those in need of assistance can also contact Consular officials at the British High Commission in Bridgetown.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the release of the detained British-Iranian national, Mehran Raoof from Evin prison.

We are aware of reports regarding the arrest and detention of Mr Raoof in Tehran in October 2020 and we stand ready to support him and his family.

Mr Raoof has not requested our assistance; we cannot raise his case with the Iranian Government without a request to do so from him, his family or his representatives.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2021 to Question 167935, on Voluntary Service Overseas: Finance, whether his Department has made a decision on the future of the Volunteering for Development Grant.

As mentioned in my previous reply, we are working through the implications of changes in our aid budget for all individual programmes and partners, including Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).

Volunteers and volunteering organisations like VSO make an important contribution. We have offered VSO a short-term funding extension for the Volunteering for Development programme, while the review process continues.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to reinstate the UKs commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income on development by 2030.

The seismic impact of the pandemic on the UK economy has forced us to take tough but necessary decisions, including temporarily reducing our ODA from 0.7% to 0.5% of our national income. We will return to this level as soon as the fiscal situation allows.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
8th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the return of the detained British national, Anoosheh Ashoori, to the UK.

We are doing everything we can to secure the release of British dual nationals arbitrarily detained in Iran, including Anoosheh Ashoori, so that they can be reunited with their loved ones.

The Foreign Secretary continues directly to press Foreign Minister Zarif for this and The Prime Minister has raised the issue with President Rouhani. Our Ambassador in Tehran consistently raises our detainees with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, most recently on 9 March.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Office of the US Director of National Intelligence report, Assessing the Saudi Government’s Role in the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi, published 11 February 2021, whether he is making an assessment of the potential merits of designating Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman under the Global Human Rights sanctions regime.

It is not appropriate to speculate who may be designated under the sanctions regime in the future.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Office of the US Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) report, Assessing the Saudi Government’s Role in the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi, published 11 February 2021, whether the ODNI shared the report with his Department ahead of its publication.

It is the long-standing policy of the Government not to comment on intelligence matters.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Office of the US Director of National Intelligence report, Assessing the Saudi Government’s Role in the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi, published 11 February 2021, what assessment he has made of the role of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman in the operation in Istanbul to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The UK has always been clear that Khashoggi's murder was a terrible crime. We condemn his killing in the strongest possible terms, which is why we have evidenced by us sanctioning sanctioned twenty Saudi nationals involved in the murder under the global human rights regime.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2021 to Question 148829 on British Indian Ocean Territory: Navy, whether legal advisors from (a) his Department and (b) the Ministry of Defence gave their approval to that Answer before its publication.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office was consulted by the Ministry of Defence over its reply.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking in response to (a) UN General Assembly resolution 73/295 and (b) the judgment of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea on 28 January 2021 on the future sovereignty of the Chagos Archipelago.

The United Kingdom voted against General Assembly resolution 73/295 and we remain firmly of the view that the International Court of Justice and General Assembly are not the appropriate fora for resolving what is fundamentally a bilateral matter of disputed sovereignty between two UN member states. The resolution is non-binding. Nevertheless, the United Kingdom contributed to the Secretary-General's report, made pursuant to the resolution.

The UK was not a party to the proceedings of the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), which have no effect for the UK or for maritime delimitation between the UK (in respect of the British Indian Ocean Territory) and the Republic of the Maldives.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January to Question 148829 on British Indian Ocean Territory: Navy, whether the answer from the Ministry of Defence represents his Department's policy on the future sovereignty of the Chagos Archipelago.

Yes. We have no doubt about our sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory, which has been continuous since 1814. Mauritius has never held sovereignty over the Archipelago, and we do not recognise its claim.

We remain open to dialogue with Mauritius on matters of shared interest, including BIOT and its Marine Protected Area (MPA).

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2021 to Question 148829 on British Indian Ocean Territory: Navy, what communications his Department had with the Ministry of Defence prior to the publication of that Answer.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office was consulted by the Ministry of Defence over its reply.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Hong Kong Government on the welfare of Hong Kong residents stranded in the UK as a result of the decision to ban arrivals from the UK.

We are in contact with the Hong Kong SAR Government to minimise the disruption to UK and Hong Kong families and businesses.

The Hong Kong authorities have informed us that the decisions will be reviewed every two weeks.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
16th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2020 to Question 126854 on Embassies: Staff, how many UK-based staff there are in each UK embassy in each EU Member State, by headcount band.

For security reasons, the FCDO provides headcount detail in bands. The FCDO was formed on 2nd September 20, with Legacy Departments continuing to use legacy systems for recording staff locations in the interim. People in former DFID roles are recorded at Country level with no ability to report at Post level currently available. Therefore the data provided is at Country level only.

As at 31st October 2020, the UK based headcount band for each Country in Europe is set out in the table below.

Data does not include Posts where there is no UKB presence, or Posts in Eastern Europe.

Country/Territory

FCDO Headcount at 31st October 2020

Albania

Fewer than 10

Austria

Fewer than 10

Belgium

10 to 19

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Fewer than 10

Bulgaria

Fewer than 10

Croatia

Fewer than 10

Cyprus

10 to 19

Czech Republic

Fewer than 10

Denmark

Fewer than 10

Estonia

Fewer than 10

Finland

Fewer than 10

France

30-39

Germany

20-29

Greece

Fewer than 10

Holy See

Fewer than 10

Hungary

Fewer than 10

Iceland

Fewer than 10

Ireland

10 to 19

Italy

10 to 19

Kosovo

Fewer than 10

Latvia

10 to 19

Lithuania

Fewer than 10

Luxembourg

Fewer than 10

Malta

Fewer than 10

Montenegro

Fewer than 10

Netherlands

10 to 19

North Macedonia

Fewer than 10

Norway

Fewer than 10

Poland

10 to 19

Portugal

Fewer than 10

Romania

Fewer than 10

Serbia

10 to 19

Slovakia

Fewer than 10

Slovenia

Fewer than 10

Spain

10 to 19

Sweden

10 to 19

Switzerland

10 to 19

Turkey

20-29

Turkey

10 to 19

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
15th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2020 to Question 126853 on Diplomatic Service: Staff, how many UK overseas diplomatic posts there are in each FCDO headcount band.

For security reasons, the FCDO provides headcount detail in bands. The FCDO was formed on 2nd September 20, with Legacy Departments continuing to use legacy systems for recording staff in the interim. People in former DFID roles are recorded at Country level with no ability to report at Post level currently available. Therefore the data provided contains former FCO headcount only.

As at 31 October 2020, the number of Diplomatic Posts in each headcount band is set out as follows:

Headcount Band

No. of Posts with a UKB headcount in the band

Fewer than 10

166

10-19

34

20-29

11

30-39

7

40-49

1

120-139

1

Data does not include Posts where there is no UK-Based presence.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
10th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many UK diplomatic staff are working on preparations for the 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26).

All Heads of Mission have been instructed by the Foreign Secretary to make climate change and delivery of COP26 objectives a top priority and they are supported by around 216 UK diplomatic staff, 253 locally engaged staff and four regional COP26 ambassadors, based overseas and in the UK. In addition, a dedicated COP26 Unit of over 150 staff has been set up in the Cabinet Office to oversee preparations for COP26 and they work with other civil servants across Whitehall to deliver our objectives.

8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much his Department spent on consultancy costs in financial year 2019-20.

In financial year 2019-20, the former FCO spent £2,936,902 on consultancy staffing costs. The former DFID spent £24,609 in the same year.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many of the UK’s overseas diplomatic posts have two or fewer UK-based staff.

For security reasons, the FCDO provides headcount detail in bands. The smallest band that is provided is fewer than 10 UK-based members of staff. Therefore it is not possible to provide the number of the UK's overseas diplomatic posts that have two or fewer UK-based members of staff.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many of the UK’s embassies in EU states have three or fewer UK-based staff.

For security reasons, the FCDO provides headcount detail in bands. The smallest band that is provided is fewer than 10 UK-based members of staff. Therefore it is not possible to provide the number of UK Embassies in EU states that have three or fewer UK-based members of staff.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has a soft power strategy.

The role of soft power is being considered as part of the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy. This will be informed by the conclusions of the cross-government work already undertaken on our strategic approach to this area.

The UK has huge soft power strengths and the FCDO is supporting these, for example through our funding of the British Council, BBC World 2020 programme and Chevening, Marshall and Commonwealth Scholarships. Our determination to work as a force for good in the world is an important part of our soft power, as we are seeing through our hosting of COP26, which is showcasing our leadership on climate, the introduction of 'Magnitsky' sanctions to hold human rights abusers to account, and our support for a globally accessible Covid-19 vaccine.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much the Foreign and Commonwealth Office spent on preparing for the UK leaving the EU in financial year 2019-20.

Details on former FCO spending for 2019-20 can be found in the annual report, published at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/903478/

FCO1413_FCO_Annual_Report_2019_-_accessible.pdf

These figures do not include funding spent from within our core allocation, including that received as part of other uplifts or which was funded by the Cabinet Office following the dissolution of DExEU.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
7th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will publish the (a) membership and (b) remit of his Department’s Repatriation Taskforce.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's (FCDO) Repatriation Taskforce was set up in June 2020 following the Government's initial repatriation response to build a strong and well-tested capability to move people in an emergency under a range of potential future scenarios. It is based in the FCDO's Consular Directorate and constitutes officials from the Consular Directorate working closely with experts from across Government, including the Department for Transport, Civil Aviation Authority, UK Border Force, the Ministry of Defence, the Department for Health and Social Care, and Public Health England, as well as liaising with the travel industry where appropriate.

The Taskforce monitors the global situation to assess where future repatriation need might arise, maintains operational readiness to ensure that the FCDO can respond quickly and flexibly if needed, mitigates risks - including by working with airlines and other stakeholders to support the restart of commercial flights in certain countries - and has strengthened the FCDO's long-term capability by refining how it would run future charter operations. This work will transition to our Crisis Management Department at the end of December.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
7th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many complaints from the public his Department has received on consular support provided during the covid-19 pandemic.

During the period March to November 2020, we received 144 complaints under our public complaints procedure regarding consular support provided, 92 of which were related to the Covid-19 pandemic. During the same period, we provided consular assistance in 22,924 cases and received 1,735 compliments.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
7th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to paragraph 30 of the Third Report of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Flying Home: The FCO’s consular response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HC 643, what plans he has to establish a logging system to record the location and contact details of UK citizens abroad.

As the FCDO set out in the response to the Third Report of the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC), asking British nationals to log their location and contact details in advance of a crisis is ineffective. We agree with the FAC that British nationals may be more willing to share information proactively during times of crisis, when there is a service which HMG is offering, or might offer in future. The FCDO has therefore further developed the "express an interest in a flight" service on GOV.UK which we used in April and collected 14,000 registrations across 20 countries. It allows FCDO to create a form for British nationals to register relevant details and inform FCDO they need to travel home urgently. If needed, the form can now be published within three hours and can be configured for individual countries.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
7th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Third Report of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Flying Home: The FCO’s consular response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HC 643, what steps he has taken to ensure that answerphone messages of UK embassies abroad can be controlled centrally in times of crisis.

The FCDO has increased its capability to make emergency changes to telephone auto-attendants at UK missions abroad by training staff abroad to change the auto-attendant messages for their own mission in real time. By mid-December our Global Consular Contact Centres, which are open 24 hours, 365 days a year, will also have the capability to update auto-attendant messages remotely.

As a contingency the FCDO has also put in place revised commercial procedures with our telephony provider which enables the auto-attendant messages at all Posts overseas to be changed remotely by the provider within 5 days of a request. Under the previous arrangement it could take several weeks for updates to be made.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
7th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many UK citizens stranded abroad as a result of the covid-19 pandemic have been returned to the UK on charter flights arranged by the Governments of other countries.

As the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs (FCDO) set out in its response to the Foreign Affairs Committee's Third Report (https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5801/cmselect/cmfaff/859/85902.htm), we collaborated with other countries to ensure the return of more than 4,000 British travellers on their charter flights, and supported more than 8,000 of their nationals in return.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
4th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the (a) allocated budget was to and (b) amount spent by the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund in each financial year from 2015-16 to 2019-20.

The Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) publishes an Annual Report for each Financial Year, which includes the allocated budget and amount spent. The CSSF Annual Reports for 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 are available on gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/conflict-stability-and-security-fund/about#important-documents.

The CSSF Annual Report 2019/20 will be published by January 2021.

The CSSF was established in 2015 and did not produce an Annual Report for Financial Year 2015/16, but the allocated budget is published in this report from the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/jt201617/jtselect/jtnatsec/208/208.pdf and the amount spent is published in this performance review from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact: https://icai.independent.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/CSSF-Approach-Paper.pdf.

Please find the allocated budget and amount spent for each Financial Year below:

Financial Year

Allocated budget

Amount spent

2015/16

£1,008 million

£991 million

2016/17

£1,111.3 million

£1,104.2 million

2017/18

£1,188 million

£1,182 million

2018/19

£1,279 million

£1,258 million

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
4th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Third Report of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Flying Home: The FCO’s consular response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HC 643, what steps he has taken to improve the (a) quantity and (b) quality of his Department's communications to UK citizens abroad during times of crisis.

We are committed to maintaining and improving the resilience and flexibility of our communications systems during times of crisis. We have increased the capacity and capability in our Consular Contact Centre to ensure greater resilience for surges in demand. We also have a new surge call handling capacity: a cadre drawn from across the FCDO in the UK and in our posts abroad which, in a crisis, will augment our Consular Contact Centre teams. We have also extended the channels by which British nationals can contact us at any time of day or night. For example, during the COVID-19 response, we started providing written answers 24/7 through a dedicated web form on GOV.UK and answering messages posted on the FCDO's Travel Advice social media channels.

We continue to review how we can reach British nationals and how they can reach us as easily as possible. This includes testing and piloting web chat and messaging services such as WhatsApp, as well as integrating our existing channels of phone and sending messages by web form and through social media. We are also exploring how a subscription service would be used, both in a crisis and otherwise, to send messages directly to British nationals who ask for information, using the channel and tool they prefer. We have also reviewed communications for future repatriations operations and developed clear plans to follow if required.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
3rd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the projected expenditure is of the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund in the (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22 financial years.

The final budget for the CSSF will be confirmed through the Foreign Secretary's cross-government review of discretionary ODA that will appraise and finalise all discretionary ODA allocations for the next Financial Year. This is planned to conclude before Christmas.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
3rd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what proportion of the funding allocated to the Conflict, Stability and Security in the (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22 financial years is discretionary expenditure.

The final budget for the CSSF for 2021-22 will be confirmed through the Foreign Secretary's cross-government review of discretionary ODA that will appraise and finalise all discretionary ODA allocations for the next Financial Year. This is planned to conclude before Christmas.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
3rd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what proportion of the funding allocated to the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund in the (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22 financial years will be (i) Official Development Assistance (ODA) and (ii) non-ODA.

The Foreign Secretary will run a short cross-government process to review, appraise and finalise discretionary ODA allocations for the next Financial Year. This will include the CSSF's discretionary ODA allocation.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
3rd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) programmes have been identified for a reduction in their budget following the reduction in the Spending Review 2020 of funding for the CSSF in 2021-22.

To ensure coherence and maximum value for money from the UK's ODA spending, the Foreign Secretary will run a short cross-government process to review, appraise and finalise all of the UK's discretionary ODA allocations for the next Financial Year.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
3rd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the reduction in funding allocation for the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund announced in the Spending Review 2020 is expected to result in staff redundancies.

To ensure coherence and maximum value for money from the UK's ODA spending, the Foreign Secretary will run a short cross-government process to review, appraise and finalise all of the UK's discretionary ODA allocations for the next Financial Year.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many emergency loans for (a) return travel to the UK and (b) essential living costs have been provided to UK citizens stranded abroad as a result of the covid-19 pandemic; and what the total value of those loans is.

To date, almost 3000 emergency repatriation loans and over 200 subsistence loans have been issued to UK citizens since 1st January. This brings the number of loans issued to almost 3200 with a total value of around £2.5 million.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many UK citizens have had their passports cancelled as a result of failing to repay emergency loans provided to them by the Government while stranded abroad as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

To date, the FCDO has not requested any passport be cancelled for a failure to repay an emergency loan issued during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether loan extensions have been granted to UK citizens who have been unable to repay in full within six months the emergency loans provided to them by the Government while stranded abroad as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

We have agreed to more than 500 loan repayment plans with recipients of loans so far. Most of these repayment plans mean the loan will not be repaid in full until after the six month deadline.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many and what proportion of emergency loans provided to UK citizens stranded abroad as a result of the covid-19 pandemic have been repaid in full within the 6 month timeframe given as a condition of receiving such loans.

Of the emergency loans provided as a result of Covid-19, 38% have been repaid with a further 18% entering into repayment agreements. Around 1600 of these loans were issued within the past six months.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many UK citizens have had their details passed onto Indesser debt management service as a result of failure to repay emergency loans provided to them by the Government while stranded abroad as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a change of circumstances for many. We encourage all those facing financial difficulties and who might struggle to pay within the agreed six month period, to contact our Debt Management Team. The contact details for the debt management team are UTRCSC@fco.gov.uk, this email address can also be found on their loan documentation. The Debt Management Team will work with them to agree a manageable repayment plan. For emergency loans issued as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the FCDO has not yet passed any details to Indesser debt management.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
1st Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much of the £75 million allocated to his Department to support the repatriation of UK citizens stranded abroad as a result of the covid-19 pandemic has been spent.

To date, we have spent just over £40 million gross and around £15.2 million net. A further £4.3 million, drawn from FCO Administration and the cross-HMG Conflict Stability and Security Fund, was spent in support of the earlier repatriations from Wuhan, Peru, and cruise ships.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
1st Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee's Third Report of Session 2019–21, Flying Home: The FCO’s consular response to the COVID-19 pandemic (HC 643), whether he has plans in place to make travel advice for UK citizens abroad available and easily accessible for people without internet access.

The FCDO's travel advice is the primary source for passing travel advice to British nationals, and is amplified by our teams in the UK and overseas to ensure it reaches as many people as possible. This includes engagement with local journalists, honorary consuls and consular wardens where such networks exist. In addition to our travel advice, we provide a 24/7 telephone service for people to contact us if they do not have internet access.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
1st Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to retain the remaining funds from the £75 million allocated to his Department to support the repatriation of UK citizens stranded abroad as a result of the covid-19 pandemic to repatriate such people during future waves of covid-19 infection.

As noted in our response to the FAC report, the £75 million to support repatriation operations was a maximum limit, not a target to be met. In the event that we need to repatriate British travellers during a future wave of COVID-19 infection, we will look to find the funds within the department and, if appropriate, apply to the HM Treasury Reserve and draw down further funding up to the maximum of £75 million.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
1st Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the cost to the public purse was of each of the 151 charter flights organised by his Department to bring UK travellers back to the UK during the covid-19 pandemic.

The Government ran 186 charter flights, spending just over £40 million gross and around £15.2 million net, alongside £4.3 million, drawn from FCO Administration and the cross-HMG Conflict Stability and Security Fund, that supported the earlier repatriations from Wuhan, Peru, and cruise ships. The overall cost for each flight varied according to range of factors including the airline charter cost, take up by passengers, price capping of seats to ensure flights were affordable, facilitating ground transport to get passengers to airports in some countries, Government staffing, and contributions by other governments for flights that included outbound journeys. Not all of these costs are broken down by flight so we are unable to give a total cost to Government for each flight.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
1st Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what improvements he has made to the gov.uk travel advice pages to tackle the problems reported in the Foreign Affairs Select Committee's Third Report of Session 2019–21, Flying Home: The FCO’s consular response to the COVID-19 pandemic (HC 643).

The FCDO is alert to lessons learned, including those highlighted by the FAC report, and has continued to update travel advice with tailored information as the coronavirus pandemic has affected travellers overseas. Each country page now has information specific to the challenges faced by travellers due to coronavirus such as the impacts to international and domestic travel, changes to entry requirements and quarantine rules. Where possible, we also provide British nationals with information on local restrictions in country and advice on how British people can comply with the rules.

We keep all of our travel advice under constant review and update it regularly. We encourage British nationals to monitor our travel advice when planning their trip.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22 September 2020 to Question 91634 on Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, what progress has been made by the Government in its assessment of its position on ratification of Protocol V.

The comprehensive cross-Government review of Protocol V ratification continues. We hope to conclude shortly, after which we will be in a position to update more fully. The UK already abides by the spirit of the protocol and existing UK Armed Forces operational policy and practice are in line with obligations. We remain committed to its humanitarian aims.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
17th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he held discussions with President-elect of the US Joe Biden on the death of Harry Dunn on 10 November 2020.

Both the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary have repeatedly raised this case with the US Administration and the UK will continue to press the US to ensure justice is done on behalf of Harry's family. We will raise it with the new administration when they are in office.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2020 to Question 103495 on Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Reorganisation, what estimate he has made of the costs to date of the merger of his Department with the Department for International Development.

Work on the estimates of the costs of the merger is in hand and, as advised in my response to her previous question 103495, initial figures will be published in the FCDO's Annual Report and Accounts for 2020-21.

14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the cost has been of the merger of his Department with the Department for International Development to date.

Initial figures will be published in the FCDO's Annual Report and Accounts for 2020-21. The merger will provide substantial opportunities for efficiencies over the longer-term.

7th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22 September 2020 to Question 88867 on Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, whether the UK abides by the spirit of Protocol V by adhering to Article 4 and making information on the use or abandonment during armed conflict of explosive ordnance which may have become explosive remnants of war available to the party or parties in control of the affected area following the cessation or activities in such area.

The UK continues to abide by the spirit of Protocol V of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and adheres to Article 4, which outlines the obligations for Parties to the Convention on the recording, retaining and transmission of information.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
17th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 September 2020 to Question 88867 on Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, if he will publish the method by which the Government is assessing its position on ratification of Protocol V; and what his timescale is for completing that assessment.

Ratification of Protocol V requires careful consideration and is therefore not a short-term exercise. Any assessment must be thorough and comprehensive and take into account possible implications for all Government Departments. We hope to conclude this assessment in due course and will then share an update with the House.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, for what reason the Government is yet to join the other permanent members of the UN Security Council in ratifying Protocol V of the Convention of Certain Conventional Weapons.

The UK is fully committed to the humanitarian aims of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, and has ratified four of the Convention's five protocols. The UK already abides by the spirit of Protocol V and is assessing its position with regard to ratification.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2020 to Question 74548, what additional recent discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the return of the detained British national Anoosheh Ashoori to the UK.

The Government remains extremely concerned about all British dual nationals detained in Iran, including Anoosheh Ashoori. Iran does not recognise dual nationality and therefore does not permit access to British-Iranian detainees. We continue to urge the Iranian Government to immediately release all British-Iranian nationals arbitrarily detained in Iran to enable them to return to their families in the UK. The welfare of British-Iranian citizens in Iran is also of paramount importance, and we call on Iran to uphold its commitments under international law to treat all detainees in line with international standards. We have continued to raise the cases of British-Iranian nationals detained in Iran at the most senior levels, and discuss them at every opportunity with our Iranian counterparts.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the level of risk to British-Iranian detainees held in Tehran's Evin prison of contracting covid-19 and (b) the access to healthcare for British-Iranian detainees held in Tehran's Evin prison in the event that they contract covid-19.

The Government remains extremely concerned about all our British-Iranian dual nationals detained in Iran. We understand that President Rouhani has publically acknowledged some inmates have been diagnosed with COVID-19. We routinely discuss with Iran our concerns relating to the risks posed by COVID-19 in Iran and have provided funding to the UN to help combat the rapid spread of the disease. We also call for the urgent release of all dual national detainees on humanitarian grounds. The welfare of all British nationals imprisoned in Iran remains our top priority. We continue to raise their cases at the most senior levels, and discuss them at every opportunity with our Iranian counterparts.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to make representations to his Bahraini counterpart on the decision by Bahrain’s Court of Cassation to uphold the death sentences against Mohammed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa on 13 July 2020; and if he will make a statement.

We are deeply concerned that the death penalty verdicts imposed on Mohammed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa by Bahrain's Court of Cassation have been upheld. Lord Ahmad, who is the Minister of State responsible for human rights, reinforced this position in his statement of 14 July. We have raised both cases at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain, including by Lord Ahmad with the Bahraini Ambassador to the UK on 14 July. The Bahraini Government is fully aware that the UK opposes the death penalty, in all circumstances, as a matter of principle.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports from British-Iranian detainees in Tehran's Evin prison of serious human rights abuses and poor living conditions in that facility; and whether he plans to raise those reports with his Iranian counterpart.

We consistently raise all of our dual national detainees cases with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We regularly request consular access to all our dual-national prisoners to ensure that they are treated in accordance with international standards and that their welfare needs are met.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of people from Hong Kong who will not be eligible to apply for the Government's proposed bespoke immigration route for British Nationals (Overseas) passport holders but whose rights and freedoms remain threatened by the introduction of new national security legislation in Hong Kong.

As the Foreign Secretary said in Parliament on 1 July, we constantly assess the numbers of those expected to take up the bespoke immigration route which we will put in place for British Nationals (Overseas) (BN(O)s) and their dependants. We estimate that there are up to 2.9 million status holders eligible for BN(O) passports. Of those, there are around 350,000 passport holders.

We recognise that there will be people from Hong Kong who do not qualify for these new arrangements. The Foreign Secretary is coordinating closely with international partners, particularly those with specific and close relationships with Hong Kong, to discuss what support they might provide.

When it comes to Hong Kong, the UK will honour its historic responsibilities. We will continue to bring together our international partners, to stand up for the people of Hong Kong, to call out the violations of their freedoms, and to hold China to its obligations, assumed under international law.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2020 to Question 59445, what additional recent discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the return of the detained British national Anoosheh Ashoori to the UK.

The Government remains concerned about the welfare of British-Iranian dual nationals detained in Iran, including Anoosheh Ashoori. Iran does not recognise dual nationality and therefore does not permit access to British-Iranian detainees.

We continue to urge the Iranian Government to immediately release all UK dual nationals arbitrarily detained in Iran - to enable them to return to their families in the UK.

We continue to raise their cases at the most senior levels, and discuss them at every opportunity with our Iranian counterparts. Our Ambassador in Tehran consistently raises all of our dual national detainees cases with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Our Embassy in Tehran continues to request consular access to Mr Ashoori and we have been supporting his family since being made aware of his detention.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 June 2020 to Question 63329 on India: British Nationals Abroad, what further recent consular support has been provided to UK nationals detained in India following their attendance at an event held in the Nizamuddin area of Delhi in March 2020.

We have maintained regular contact with the individuals, their families and lawyers, and with the Indian authorities on these cases. Some have now been released on bail and some have been authorised to return to the UK. As their legal cases progress we are tailoring our assistance to their needs, including liaising with the local authorities to arrange their repatriation to the UK.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
8th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role Parliament will have in (a) the identification of people liable for sanctions under the new Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime and (b) holding the Government to account on the operation of that regime.

Parliamentarians can continue to engage with the Government on designations via the usual means, including by writing to the Foreign Secretary. All designations will need to meet the legal tests as set out in the Sanctions Act, which includes ensuring designations are underpinned by robust evidence. It is important to note that the sanctions regime is not intended to target individual countries, but those who commit serious human rights violations or abuses anywhere in the world.

As all Government business is accountable to Parliament the operation of the new regime can be scrutinised by Parliamentarians. We will continue to report to Parliament as required under Sections 30 and 32 of the Sanctions Act. Doing so provides Parliament with regular moments where they may scrutinise the actions the Government has taken in respect of human rights sanctions.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
8th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to enable select committee chairs to request and receive reports from the Government on those who may be liable for sanctions under the new Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime.

We recognise the range of views expressed by Parliamentarians on how the Global Human Rights sanctions regime is being implemented, including on which targets should be considered. Parliamentarians can continue to engage with the Government via the usual means, including by writing to the Foreign Secretary. It is not appropriate to speculate on potential designations, as to do so could undermine the impact of designations when made. We will continue to report to Parliament as required under Sections 30 and 32 of the Sanctions Act. Doing so provides Parliament with regular opportunities to scrutinise the operation of human rights sanctions.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to extend the scope of the new Global Human Rights Sanctions regime to encompass individuals and organisations guilty of corruption.

On 6 July the UK Government established the Global Human Rights ('Magnitsky') sanctions regime by laying regulations in Parliament under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018. This sanctions regime will give the UK a powerful new tool to hold to account those involved in serious human rights violations or abuses by stopping them from entering our country, channelling money through UK banks, or profiting from our economy. As the Foreign Secretary announced to the House on Monday, we are considering how a corruption regime could be added to this toolkit - potentially drawing on the UN Convention Against Corruption, and practice under the frameworks in jurisdictions like the US and Canada.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the process is for drawing up the UK Sanctions List; which individuals and bodies can nominate people and organisations for inclusion on that list; and who makes the final decision on which people and organisations are included on that list.

The UK Government publishes the UK sanctions list on GOV.UK website, which provides details of those designated under regulations made under the Sanctions Act. When the UK Government makes a decision to create, change or remove a sanctions designation, it will update the UK sanctions list.

All designations will need to meet the legal tests as set out in the Sanctions Act, which includes ensuring designations are underpinned by robust evidence. On Monday 6 July, the Government published a policy note which sets out factors that are likely to be relevant to designation decisions and an information note designed to help NGOs engage with the regime. Parliamentarians can continue to engage with the Government via the usual means, including by writing to the Foreign Secretary. It is important to note that the sanctions regime is not intended to target individual countries, but those who commit serious human rights violations or abuses anywhere in the world.

As set out in the legislation, designation decisions are for the Secretary of State.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he plans to have with (a) Non-Governmental Organisations, (b) news agencies and (c) journalists operating in Hong Kong on the potential effect of the introduction of new National Security legislation in Hong Kong on their work.

As the Foreign Secretary said in the House on 1 July, we are deeply concerned by China's imposition of national security legislation, which threatens Hong Kong's freedoms. The Government has wide-ranging contact with civil society groups in Hong Kong, including NGOs, news agencies, and journalists groups and individuals in Hong Kong, including via our Consulate General. The Foreign Secretary meets regularly with organisations and individuals focused on addressing human rights challenges, including during the most recent meeting of the Foreign Secretary's Advisory Group on Human Rights on 25 June. The Foreign Secretary will continue to engage closely with these groups, including on Hong Kong.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the viability of a continuing role for UK judges in the Hong Kong justice system as a result of the introduction of new national security legislation in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong's independent judiciary is a cornerstone of its economic success and way of life. The new legislation provides that Hong Kong's Chief Executive, rather than the Chief Justice, will appoint judges to hear national security cases, a move that clearly risks undermining the independence of Hong Kong's judiciary, which is protected by paragraph 3(3) of the Joint Declaration. We will monitor this closely, including its implications for the role of UK judges in the Hong Kong justice system.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to call for the appointment of a UN Special Rapporteur on Hong Kong.

As the Foreign Secretary said in Parliament on 1 July, the adoption by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress in Beijing of a wide-ranging national security law for Hong Kong is a grave and deeply disturbing step. The enactment of this legislation, imposed by Beijing on the people of Hong Kong, constitutes a clear and serious breach of the Joint Declaration.

The UK has already raised Hong Kong in the UN Security Council and Human Rights Council. We are focused on giving voice to the widespread international concerns on Hong Kong, and to working closely with international partners to call on China to live up to its obligations and responsibilities. Whilst formal mechanisms have proved helpful in other contexts in focusing the international community's attention, we judge that pursuing such an option at this time risks providing China an opportunity to frustrate and obstruct progress, undermining our objectives. We do not, though, rule out any diplomatic options and will keep the issue under review. We will also continue to work actively within international institutions and through multilateral groupings to urge China to uphold its international commitments, including the Joint Declaration.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of British crew members on cruise ships around the world that are seeking to return to the UK; and what further steps he plans to take to ensure such crew members are repatriated.

We recognise this is a worrying time for British crew on board cruise ships around the world. It is primarily the responsibility of their employers - the cruise ship operators - to ensure the welfare and safety of their crew. The Government is in direct contact with these operators, as well as directly with many crew members and their families. Our overseas missions are liaising closely with local authorities in an effort to facilitate disembarkation and ensure British crew can access flights home.

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport wrote to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) on 23 March, reaffirming our international obligations on seafarers' welfare and transit, and calling for clear international guidance for port, flag, coastal states on seafarers' welfare and facilitating seafarer transit.

Not all British crew are seeking to return to the UK. Some may wish to stay with the ship (with their employer's consent), while others may be required by their role to do so as part of the minimum safe manning requirements for the vessel. This is a legislative and flag state requirement to ensure the continued seaworthiness of vessels.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the British High Commission in India are providing to UK nationals detained in India following their attendance at an event held in the Nizamuddin area of Delhi in March 2020.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and our High Commission in New Delhi, are providing consular support to this group in the form of phone calls and we have raised medical and welfare concerns with the Indian authorities as appropriate. We are in direct contact with the individuals concerned, their families and lawyers.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
16th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 16 June 2020 on Global Britain, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of merging the Department of International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to create a new department, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

We will implement these changes in the most cost effective way possible. While we anticipate there will be cost savings in the long term as a result of using our resources more effectively and efficiently, it is not the primary goal of the merger of these two Departments. This is primarily about bringing together our international efforts so we can maximise the UK's influence around the world. By aligning our efforts, the merger will maximise our influence and expertise and ensure we are in the best position to confront the challenges that lie ahead. This will strengthen our ability to lead the world's efforts to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and allow us to seize the opportunities ahead, as we prepare to take on the G7 presidency and host COP26 next year.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British/Iranian dual nationals are detained in Iran; and if he will make a statement.

We do not confirm publicly how many dual nationals are detained as, due to the small numbers, doing so may result in individuals being easily identified. We continue to urge the Iranian Government to immediately release all UK dual nationals arbitrarily detained in Iran - to enable them to return to their families in the UK. We continue to raise their cases at the most senior levels, and discuss them at every opportunity with our Iranian counterparts. Our Ambassador in Tehran consistently raises all of our dual national detainees with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the return of the detained British national, Anoosheh Ashoori, to the UK.

The Government remains concerned about the welfare of British-Iranian dual nationals detained in Iran, including Anoosheh Ashoori. Iran does not recognise dual nationality and therefore does not permit access to British-Iranian detainees.

We continue to urge the Iranian Government to immediately release all UK dual nationals arbitrarily detained in Iran - to enable them to return to their families in the UK.

We continue to raise their cases at the most senior levels, and discuss them at every opportunity with our Iranian counterparts. Our Ambassador in Tehran consistently raises all of our dual national detainees with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Our Embassy in Tehran continues to request consular access to Mr Ashoori and we have been supporting his family since being made aware of his detention.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking in response to concerns on the welfare of British/Iranian dual nationals illegally detained in Iran.

We continue to urge the Iranian Government to immediately release all UK dual nationals arbitrarily detained in Iran - to enable them to return to their families in the UK. We continue to raise their cases at the most senior levels, and discuss them at every opportunity with our Iranian counterparts. Our Ambassador in Tehran consistently raises all of our dual national detainees with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

We will continue to raise their cases at the most senior levels. The welfare of all British nationals imprisoned in Iran remains our top priority.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he plans to have with representatives of HSBC and Standard Chartered on recent statements of support from both companies for the introduction by China of new national security legislation for Hong Kong.

The UK Government speaks regularly with international financial services firms about a range of issues. It is for individual companies to make their own judgements. We have made our own position very clear on China's proposal to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong.

This proposal undermines the 'One Country, Two Systems' framework, under which Hong Kong is guaranteed a high degree of autonomy with executive, legislative and independent judicial powers. If China proceeds it would be in direct conflict with its obligations under the Joint Declaration

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the United States' Magnitsky Act, what progress the Government is making on introducing a UK autonomous global human rights sanctions regime.

As the Foreign Secretary said in a Statement on Tuesday 2 June, we intend to bring the global human rights sanctions regulations before the House before the Summer recess. This legislation would allow us to impose sanctions in response to serious human rights violations or abuses around the world.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
4th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Zimbabwe on a Government of Zimbabwe investigation into the recent abduction and torture of opposition Member of Parliament Joana Mamombe and fellow MDC-Alliance members Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova.

The UK is seriously concerned about the challenging human rights situation in Zimbabwe. It remains one of the UK's 30 Human Rights Priority Countries globally. I spoke to the Zimbabwean Foreign Minister on 8 June and expressed my deep concern regarding recent reports of the abduction and torture of three female opposition activists, including a Member of Parliament. I urged the Foreign Minister to ensure the Government of Zimbabwe makes concrete progress on human rights, including investigations into violations.

It is vital that the Zimbabwean authorities adhere to their international human rights obligations and respect their Constitution, which prohibits enforced disappearances and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. The UK will continue to monitor developments in Zimbabwe closely and call for the Government of Zimbabwe to uphold the rule of law and respect human rights.

2nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to hold discussions with his counterparts in the G7 on the planned introduction of national security legislation in Hong Kong.

The Foreign Secretary is engaging with partners across a number of likeminded groupings, including with G7 countries, in response to China's proposed national security legislation. We will continue to call on China to uphold its international obligations in respect of Hong Kong. The UK also raised the issue at the UN Security Council on Friday, alongside the US.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Hong Kong counterpart on establishing an independent, judge-led inquiry into the reports of police brutality against protesters and journalists in Hong Kong.

We have repeatedly called for the Hong Kong authorities to facilitate a robust inquiry into the police's behaviour, independent of the Hong Kong and Chinese Governments. Addressing police accountability remains essential for rebuilding trust in Hong Kong. The Foreign Secretary raised the need for such an inquiry with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam at the height of the protests last year. Officials have continued to raise the issue at senior levels with the Hong Kong SAR government since then.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing an international contact group in consultation with his international counterparts to monitor the political situation in Hong Kong.

The Foreign Secretary is engaging actively with a range of international partners to set out our position and impress on them the gravity of the events that have taken place. We want to build up a groundswell of those who share our commitment to international law. We believe that is the most effective means of getting China to live up to its obligations and responsibilities as a leading member of the international community. We will also work within international institutions such as the UN Human Rights Council to ensure that China upholds the commitments they made as co-signatory to the Joint Declaration.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Croatia on that country's continued international obligations towards asylum seekers and refugees.

We recognise the challenge faced by Croatia in dealing with increased migrant flows. However, we are also concerned about the treatment of migrants at the Croatian border. The UK is committed to the principle that asylum seekers, whilst subject to immigration processes of other countries or awaiting the outcome of an asylum application, are entitled to decent, humane and fair treatment. The UK Government regularly engages in dialogue with the EU and international partners on a variety of issues related to the need to address irregular migration and the challenges it presents.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the cost of each of the 151 charter flights organised by the Foreign Office to bring UK travellers back to the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Government has committed up to £75 million to help thousands of British travellers return home and this work is ongoing. A proportion of this commitment has been spent to date across the repatriation effort - not only directly on the transport required to get people home - including charter flights to the UK - but also the costs of ground transport and internal flights to get people to the departure airport. As with all spend, we are committed to ensuring value of money for the taxpayer. Provision of a detailed breakdown at this point would impact ongoing and future tenders for charter flights and include currently commercially sensitive information.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2020 to Question 46636 on British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus, how much of the £75 million fund announced on 30 March 2020 for repatriating UK nationals was been spent in each week between the 30 March 2020 and the 18 May 2020; and if he will provide a breakdown of how that spending was allocated.

The Government has committed up to £75 million to help thousands of British travellers return home and this work is ongoing. A proportion of this commitment has been spent to date across the repatriation effort - not only directly on the transport required to get people home - including charter flights to the UK - but also the costs of ground transport and internal flights to get people to the departure airport. As with all spend, we are committed to ensuring value of money for the taxpayer. Provision of a detailed breakdown at this point would impact ongoing and future tenders for charter flights and include currently commercially sensitive information.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
13th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11 May 2020 to Question 42202, how much of the £75 million fund announced on 30 March 2020 on repatriating UK nationals has been spent to date; and if he will provide a breakdown of how that spend has been allocated.

The Government has committed up to £75 million to help thousands of British travellers return home and this work is ongoing. Flights are leaving all the time, so figures are quickly out of date. The money is being spent directly on the transport required to get people home - this includes charter flights to the UK as well as the costs of ground transport and internal flights to get people to the departure airport. A proportion of the funding remains and the work is ongoing to utilise it to support the next phase of our repatriation effort.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending beyond six months the repayment period for emergency repatriation loans.

We recognise that this crisis will have had a significant financial impact on people who have found themselves overseas for a longer period than planned or have faced cancellations. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will work with British nationals to ensure we agree flexible repayment plans tailored to individual circumstances.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what data sources his Department is using to assess demand for future special charter flights from countries where UK travellers are still awaiting repatriation.

We will continue to work to bring British travellers back to the UK where commercial options do not exist, focusing on vulnerable British travellers most at risk from the effects of Coronavirus who normally live in the UK and are trying to return home for these flights, together with their families who normally live with them in the UK. We are giving additional consideration to the local context and the situation of the individual themselves, this can include lock-down processes in country, access to reliable healthcare, possible reduction in access to routine medication, and those at additional risk if they contract the virus for example the elderly or those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will take steps to work with its (a) international and (b) European counterparts on reducing the risks of (i) infection and (ii) transmission of covid-19.

The UK continues to support global efforts to combat the outbreak of COVID-19. We have world leading medical expertise, an unparalleled diplomatic network and experience working with countries to overcome public health emergencies. Our overseas missions have prioritised efforts to engage foreign governments on COVID-19 response. The UK is also working closely with our G7 partners, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the EU and other international partners.

Through the WHO, the UK is funding efforts to reduce the risk of the spread of the disease by supporting developing countries most at risk of coronavirus. This includes training rapid response teams and medical staff to identify and respond to symptoms, raising awareness in developing countries of how to avoid coronavirus and predicting the spread of the virus to better target future support.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
7th Jan 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether regional impact assessments will be published for (a) the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, (b) the Political Declaration and (c) the UK’s mandate for the next phase of negotiations on the UK's future relationship with the EU.

The election result has shown that the British people want to get Brexit done, and they have given the government a strong and clear mandate to that end.

The government published an Impact Assessment in support of the WAB in October. It is a standard assessment of the direct costs and benefits to businesses of the elements of the Bill and remains valid for the current WAB.

The specifics of our future relationship with the EU will be the subject of the next phase of negotiations. We will keep Parliament updated throughout those discussions and provide analysis at appropriate points.

The Chancellor has stated that the upcoming Budget will set out ambitious plans to unleash Britain’s potential, level up across the UK and usher in a decade of renewal.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many calls have been made to the helpline for non-British nationals in need of assistance in Afghanistan as of 7 September 2021; what the average wait time has been for calls to be answered to that helpline; and what assessment she has made of the potential merits of her Department making that helpline free to call.

From 20 August 2021 to 7 September 2021 there have been 5,357,322 calls made (offered) to the helpline. The Home Office brought in 250 extra staff to help ensure average waiting times were kept to a minimum.

The telephone number (02475 389 980) is a geographical number therefore call charges vary depending on the phone provider and whether a landline or mobile is used to make the call. Further information can be found on GOV.UK at: www.gov.uk/call-charges

When setting up the helpline the primarily focus was to ensure it was easily accessible for those calling from the UK and abroad – A freephone option would not have provided that accessibility.

The department continues to closely monitor and review the volume of calls being made to the helpline; as the volumes have significantly reduced over this period there is currently no scope to move the helpline to a freephone number however this decision will remain under review.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to progress closer working between MI5 and police regional Counter- Terrorism Units on countering Hostile State Activity, as recommended by the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report on Russia published on 21 July 2020.

The Government agrees with the Intelligence and Security Committee on the benefits of close working arrangements between law enforcement and the security and intelligence services.

As noted in the Government’s response to the ISC’s report, MI5 has already developed closer working with Police and Home Office partners in tackling the threat posed by State Threats, including working together closely on a number of State Threats cases. The Salisbury response and investigations in 2018 were led by Counter Terrorism Policing, drawing on its expertise in investigating matters which pertain to national security. The Agencies continue to collaborate closely and productively with Police on all relevant State Threats cases.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress she has been made on ensuring that the Serious and Organised Crime Group (a) is provided with the necessary resources for and (b) is giving sufficient priority to disrupting the threat posed by illicit Russian financial activity as recommended by the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report on Russia published on 21 July 2020.

Money obtained through corruption or criminality, including that linked to Russia, is not welcome in the UK.

The government, with the Home Office as a core partner, is continuing to bring all the capabilities of UK law enforcement to bear where there is any evidence of malign intent, serious and organised crime or illicit financial activity.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress she has made on her review of the effectiveness of the Computer Misuse Act 1990; and when she expects that review to be completed.

The Home Secretary launched the review of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 on 11 May, announcing a public Call for Information to seek the views of stakeholders on how the Act, and law enforcement powers to investigate the offences in the Act, can be enhanced. The Call for Information has now closed, and the Home Office is reviewing the proposals made.

We will provide an update to Parliament in due course.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether, in line with former Foreign and Commonwealth Office policy, non-UK nationals formerly employed by the Department for International Development and now working for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office will have the combined time spent serving in both the UK and overseas counted as being ordinarily resident in the UK in support of applications for UK citizenship.

The requirements for naturalisation as a British citizen are based on a period of residence in the United Kingdom. UK Visas and Immigration would normally consider exercising some discretion over excess absences where a person had established their home, employment, family and finances in the UK, and the excess absences were the result of postings abroad in Crown service, or in accompanying a British citizen spouse or civil partner on an appointment overseas. This applies to all permanent and established Crown servants, irrespective of their department.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
8th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from Hong Kong have sought asylum in the UK from 21 May 2020 to 8 July 2020; and how many of those applications for asylum have been granted.

The Home Office publishes data on asylum applications in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release’. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release

Data on the number of asylum applications and the initial decision on such applications are published in tables Asy_D01 and Asy_D02 of the asylum and resettlement detailed datasets.

Data covering April to June 2020 will be published as part of the August release of Immigration Statistics.

Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’.

https://www.gov.uk/search/research-and-statistics?keywords=immigration&content_store_document_type=upcoming_statistics&organisations%5B%5D=home-office&order=relevance

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
8th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether those individuals accepted under the proposed bespoke immigration route for British Nationals (Overseas) passport holders from Hong Kong will be required to pay the UK immigration healthcare surcharge.

It is right for those coming into the UK to contribute to the NHS for the brilliant healthcare they receive. Income from the surcharge goes directly into supporting NHS services.

Further details of the new immigration route for British Nationals (Overseas) will be released in due course.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, ​what recourse to public funds she plans to apply to people accepted under the proposed bespoke immigration route for British Nationals (Overseas) passport holders from Hong Kong.

As announced by the Foreign Secretary on 1st July, a new bespoke immigration route will allow BN(O)s to apply to come to the UK without the current 6 month limit, granting them 5 years limited leave to remain, with the ability to live and work in the UK, after which they may apply for settled status and a year later citizenship. This is a bespoke set of arrangements, developed for the unique circumstances we face and in light of our historic commitment to the people of Hong Kong.

The new route will be implemented in the coming months, with further details to be announced in due course on the simple, streamlined application process which will have no quota on numbers.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
17th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2020 to Question 53418 on British National (Overseas): Visas, whether the arrangements to extend visa rights for British National (Overseas) passport holders will also apply to the dependants of those passport holders.

The UK will continue to defend the rights & freedoms of the people of Hong Kong.

Should China push ahead and impose national security legislation on Hong Kong then we will provide a generous offer to BN(O)s of a bespoke immigration route providing unrestricted access to work and study with a pathway to apply for citizenship.

We are working closely with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and domestic departments on the offer to British Nationals (Overseas) and will set out more detail in due course.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to extend visa rights for (a) British National (Overseas) passport holders in Hong Kong and (b) the dependants of British National (Overseas) passport holders.

The Foreign Secretary has announced that if China follows through with its proposed legislation, we will put in place new arrangements to allow BN(O)s to come to the UK without the current six-month limit, enabling them to live and apply to study and work for extendable periods of 12 months, thereby also providing a pathway to citizenship.

Further details will be announced in due course.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of the 18 May 2020 to Question 46045, if she will ensure that statistics on how many passenger arrivals to the UK there were by (a) air, (b) sea and (c) rail on each day between 1 January and 11 May 2020 are included in the (i) next quarterly Immigration Statistics due for publication on 21 May and (ii) statistical release titled Statistics relating to Covid-19 and the immigration system, May 2020, due for publication on 28 May.

The Immigration Statistics publication on the 21 May included data on total passenger arrivals, up to the end of March 2020. In addition, on 28 May, the Home Office published an ad hoc statistical release ‘Statistics relating to Covid-19 and the immigration system, May 2020’, which provided further information on the number of arrivals to the UK up to the end of April 2020.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
12th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passenger arrivals to the UK there were by (a) air, (b) sea and (c) rail on each day between 1 January and 11 May 2020.

The Home Office is due to publish the next quarterly Immigration Statistics on 21 May. In addition, an ad hoc statistical release ‘Statistics relating to Covid-19 and the immigration system, May 2020’ will be published on the 28 May.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
6th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan nationals who have been approved for relocation to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy remain in Afghanistan.

Regrettably we have not been able to evacuate all those we want to, despite the huge efforts that have been made. We have identified 311 individuals and their families who are eligible for relocation under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) and were called forward for evacuation under Operation Pitting, but have not yet arrived in the UK. We are working hard to contact all of those individuals to confirm their status. Some have already made their way to third countries.

The nature of the security situation in Afghanistan, and our responsibility to keep our people safe, meant that we were not able to evacuate everyone we wanted to. We are continuing to work as hard as we can to relocate more people and are looking at all possible avenues to facilitate relocation, from third countries if possible, for those ARAP eligible people who have not arrived in the UK.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the recommendation of the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report on Russia published on 21 July 2020, what progress the Government has made in working with its international allies to develop a common international approach to offensive cyber.

Working with international partners to deter and respond to malicious cyber activity is a core part of the Government's approach. As a responsible and democratic cyber power, the UK is at the forefront of developing a shared international understanding of the laws and norms that govern states' conduct in cyberspace. Earlier this year the UK submitted its national contribution on the application of international law to cyberspace to the UN's Group of Government Experts, for their consensus report on advancing responsible state behaviour in cyberspace. Furthermore, the UK was key to the establishment of a European cyber sanctions regime in 2019 and remains committed to working with our European allies to respond to malicious cyber activity.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many full-time UK armed forces personnel are currently deployed overseas, by country of deployment.

In addition to the 7,025 at sea in Ships and Submarines around the globe, figures for those deployed overseas on 22 Jul 2021, including in Defence Sections of Embassies, International Headquarters, permanent deployments, on UN Duties, on Operations, participating in international exercises, or in support of other Defence activity, are listed in the table below. This represents a snapshot as numbers are continuously changing. Some of these details have been withheld due to operational sensitivity, including our current presence in Afghanistan.

COUNTRY

Personnel

ALBANIA

1

ALGERIA

2

ARGENTINA

2

AUSTRALIA

200

AUSTRIA

2

BAHRAIN

193

BANGLADESH

1

BARBADOS

3

BELGIUM

280

BELIZE

67

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

3

BRAZIL

2

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

734

BULGARIA

1

CAMEROON

17

CANADA

295

CHAD

1

CHILE

2

CHINA

5

COLOMBIA

3

CROATIA

5

CURACAO

2

CYPRUS

3,272

CZECH REPUBLIC

18

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

4

DENMARK

4

DIEGO GARCIA

43

DJIBOUTI

4

EGYPT

4

ESTONIA

716

ETHIOPIA

2

FALKLAND ISLANDS

843

FIJI

1

FINLAND

1

FRANCE

83

GEORGIA

34

GERMANY

585

GHANA

3

GIBRALTAR

516

GREECE

53

INDIA

8

INDONESIA

2

IRAQ

152

IRELAND

1

ISRAEL

4

ITALY

196

JAMAICA

2

JAPAN

5

JORDAN

215

KAZAKHSTAN

2

KENYA

617

KOSOVO

36

KUWAIT

84

LATVIA

19

LEBANON

4

LITHUANIA

2

MALAYSIA

7

MALI

442

MEXICO

2

MOLDOVA

1

MOROCCO

2

NEPAL

69

NETHERLANDS

116

NEW ZEALAND

6

NIGERIA

53

NORTH MACEDONIA

3

NORWAY

49

OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

6

OMAN

235

PAKISTAN

13

POLAND

164

PORTUGAL

27

QATAR

134

ROMANIA

175

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

1

SAINT HELENA, ASCENSION AND TRISTAN DA CUNHA

23

SAUDI ARABIA

142

SENEGAL

6

SERBIA

1

SEYCHELLES

1

SIERRA LEONE

2

SINGAPORE

9

SLOVAKIA

1

SLOVENIA

11

SOMALIA

63

SOUTH AFRICA

2

SOUTH KOREA

7

SOUTH SUDAN

5

SPAIN

37

SRI LANKA

1

SWEDEN

3

THAILAND

2

TUNISIA

4

TURKEY

46

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

15

UGANDA

2

UKRAINE

436

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

141

UNITED STATES

1,053

UZBEKISTAN

1

VIETNAM

2

ZAMBIA

6

ZIMBABWE

1

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the amount of outstanding debt is owed to Iran by International Military Service Ltd incurred on purchases of UK manufactured military equipment in the 1970s; and what steps his Department is taking to lawfully discharge that debt.

It is acknowledged that there is a debt to be paid but it would be inappropriate to comment further while legal proceedings are ongoing. The Government continues to explore every avenue for the lawful discharge of that debt.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the legal obligation in the European Union Withdrawal Agreement and the provisions in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill not to diminish rights set out in Council Directive 2010/41/EU on equal treatment of men and women in self employment applies to Northern Ireland only, or to the whole of the UK.

The commitment to no diminution of rights, safeguards and equality of opportunity, as set out in Article 2(1) of the Protocol on Northern Ireland/Ireland to the Withdrawal Agreement and provided for in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, applies to protections enshrined or given effect to in the domestic legal order in Northern Ireland. As such, the obligation not to diminish rights set out in Council Directives 2000/43/EC, 2006/54/EC and 2010/41/EU applies only to Northern Ireland and not the rest of the UK.

7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the legal obligation in the European Union Withdrawal Agreement and the provisions in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill not to diminish rights set out in Council Directive 2006/54/EC on equal treatment of men and women in employment applies to Northern Ireland only or to the whole of the UK.

The commitment to no diminution of rights, safeguards and equality of opportunity, as set out in Article 2(1) of the Protocol on Northern Ireland/Ireland to the Withdrawal Agreement and provided for in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, applies to protections enshrined or given effect to in the domestic legal order in Northern Ireland. As such, the obligation not to diminish rights set out in Council Directives 2000/43/EC, 2006/54/EC and 2010/41/EU applies only to Northern Ireland and not the rest of the UK.

7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the legal obligation in the European Union Withdrawal Agreement and the provisions in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill not to diminish rights set out in Council Directive 2000/43/EC on equal treatment irrespective of racial or ethnic origin applies to Northern Ireland only or to the whole of the UK.

The commitment to no diminution of rights, safeguards and equality of opportunity, as set out in Article 2(1) of the Protocol on Northern Ireland/Ireland to the Withdrawal Agreement and provided for in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, applies to protections enshrined or given effect to in the domestic legal order in Northern Ireland. As such, the obligation not to diminish rights set out in Council Directives 2000/43/EC, 2006/54/EC and 2010/41/EU applies only to Northern Ireland and not the rest of the UK.