Stephen Kinnock Portrait

Stephen Kinnock

Labour - Aberavon

Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

(since September 2020)
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
2nd Mar 2020 - 16th Jan 2021
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
10th Apr 2020 - 2nd Sep 2020
European Scrutiny Committee
30th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committee on Exiting the European Union
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Welsh Affairs Committee
23rd Oct 2017 - 8th Jan 2018
Welsh Affairs Committee
1st Feb 2016 - 3rd May 2017
European Scrutiny Committee
9th Nov 2015 - 3rd May 2017


Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 8th December 2021
13:45
Division Votes
Wednesday 1st December 2021
Finance (No. 2) Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 149 Labour No votes vs 0 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 301 Noes - 206
Speeches
Wednesday 1st December 2021
Shotton Steelworks: 125th Anniversary

The point on hydrogen relates to the discussion we were having about energy costs. An electric arc furnace approach or …

Written Answers
Thursday 2nd December 2021
Jagtar Singh Johal
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations she has made personally to …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
Tweets
Monday 6th December 2021
09:26
MP Financial Interests
Monday 4th October 2021
8. Miscellaneous
From 16 September 2021, Trustee of the Big Tent Foundation, a not-for-profit non-party foundation for the renewal of mainstream political …
EDM signed
Monday 18th October 2021
Campaign to secure the future of the Covid Memorial Wall
That this House welcomes the creation of the Covid Memorial Wall on Albert Embankment by Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice; …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Stephen Kinnock has voted in 306 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Nigel Adams (Conservative)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
(35 debate interactions)
Nadhim Zahawi (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Education
(22 debate interactions)
Paul Scully (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
(11 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(27 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(11 debate contributions)
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Aberavon 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).

Petitions with highest Aberavon signature proportion
Petition Debates Contributed

The Government must make a public statement on the #kissanprotests & press freedoms.

India is the worlds largest democracy & democratic engagement and freedom of the press are fundamental rights and a positive step towards creating a India that works for all.

If nurseries are shut down in view of Covid-19, the Government should set up an emergency fund to ensure their survival and ensure that parents are not charged the full fee by the nurseries to keep children's places.

The prospect of widespread cancellations of concerts, theatre productions and exhibitions due to COVID-19 threatens to cause huge financial hardship for Britain's creative community. We ask Parliament to provide a package of emergency financial and practical support during this unpredictable time.

The cash grants proposed by Government are only for businesses in receipt of the Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Relief, or for particular sectors. Many small businesses fall outside these reliefs desperately need cash grants and support now.

For the UK government to provide economic assistance to businesses and staff employed in the events industry, who are suffering unforeseen financial challenges that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of people employed in the sector.

After owning nurseries for 29 years I have never experienced such damaging times for the sector with rising costs not being met by the funding rates available. Business Rates are a large drain on the sector and can mean the difference between nurseries being able to stay open and having to close.

As we pass the COVID-19 Peak, the Government should: State where the Theatres and Arts fit in the Coronavrius recovery Roadmap, Create a tailor made financial support mechanism for the Arts sector & Clarify how Social Distancing will affect arts spaces like Theatres and Concert Venues.

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak there are travel bans imposed by many countries, there is a disastrous potential impact on our Aviation Industry. Without the Government’s help there could be an unprecedented crisis, with thousands of jobs under threat.

To extend the business rate relief to all dental practices and medical and aesthetics clinics and any small business that’s in healthcare

Zoos, aquariums, and similar organisations across the country carry out all sorts of conservation work, animal rescue, and public education. At the start of the season most rely on visitors (who now won't come) to cover annual costs, yet those costs do not stop while they are closed. They need help.


Latest EDMs signed by Stephen Kinnock

23rd September 2021
Stephen Kinnock signed this EDM on Monday 18th October 2021

Campaign to secure the future of the Covid Memorial Wall

Tabled by: Afzal Khan (Labour - Manchester, Gorton)
That this House welcomes the creation of the Covid Memorial Wall on Albert Embankment by Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice; notes that this memorial now includes over 150,000 hand-painted hearts to symbolise all those who lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic; praises the work of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for …
134 signatures
(Most recent: 3 Dec 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 97
Scottish National Party: 13
Liberal Democrat: 10
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Conservative: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 2
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
11th March 2020
Stephen Kinnock signed this EDM on Tuesday 17th March 2020

War widows pensions

Tabled by: Stephen Doughty (Labour (Co-op) - Cardiff South and Penarth)
That this House honours and recognises the sacrifices that our veterans and their families make; notes the particular sacrifices that the partners of veterans make and the consequences for them of tragically losing a spouse or partner serving in the armed forces; notes the changes announced in 2014 which allowed …
47 signatures
(Most recent: 22 Apr 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 26
Scottish National Party: 6
Conservative: 5
Democratic Unionist Party: 4
Liberal Democrat: 4
Green Party: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Stephen Kinnock, 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.


Stephen Kinnock has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Stephen Kinnock has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Stephen Kinnock has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Stephen Kinnock has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


165 Written Questions in the current parliament

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2 Other Department Questions
14th Jul 2021
To ask the President of COP26, whether any non-British trade unions will be participating in COP26.

The UK is committed to delivering an ambitious and inclusive COP26. We know that approaching our Presidency in a fair, inclusive and balanced way will lead to the most sustainable outcomes.

We are working with a diverse group of Friends of COP, leading figures from around the world who are sharing their expertise in support of a successful summit. This includes Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation. We are also engaging regularly with the UNFCCC constituency focal points, which include the Trade Union non-governmental organisations.

The Expression of Interest process for stakeholders such as Trade Unions to apply to put forward proposals for involvement in the UK-run areas of COP26 closed on Friday 5 March 2021. We have begun notifying organisations of the outcomes.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the President of COP26, whether any British trade unions will be participating in COP26.

The UK is committed to delivering an ambitious and inclusive COP26. We know that approaching our Presidency in a fair, inclusive and balanced way will lead to the most sustainable outcomes.

We are working with a diverse group of Friends of COP, leading figures from around the world who are sharing their expertise in support of a successful summit. This includes Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation. We are also engaging regularly with the UNFCCC constituency focal points, which include the Trade Union non-governmental organisations.

The Expression of Interest process for stakeholders such as Trade Unions to apply to put forward proposals for involvement in the UK-run areas of COP26 closed on Friday 5 March 2021. We have begun notifying organisations of the outcomes.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the Great Britain to Northern Ireland movement of goods occupying UK-EU export quotas under the Northern Ireland Protocol.

In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal discussions are not usually disclosed.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of categories of goods that may face restrictions moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021; and what those categories are.

The Government has published comprehensive sector-specific guidance for businesses moving goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. There is a collated list of the applicable arrangements for goods movements available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/moving-goods-into-out-of-or-through-northern-ireland-from-1-january-2021.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Government will classify private security workers as key workers during the covid-19 outbreak.

Our message to the British public is clear: stay at home, in order to protect the NHS and save lives. The position remains, as outlined on gov.uk, that everyone who can work from home should do so.

Where that is not possible, people should go into work where it is safe and they are not symptomatic, isolating or shielding. Relevant guidance including from Public Health England should be followed.

In terms of the provision of education for the children of certain key workers, it is already the case that security officers and private security workers working in, for example, hospitals and social care could be eligible as long as "their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service". This is set out here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

The Government has placed restrictions on the operations of certain businesses as part of the strategy to ensure people stay at home and away from others. Separate guidance has been published on this and is also available on gov.uk.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on helping to minimise disruption to the power supply on the Baglan Energy Park.

Officials have met weekly with their counterparts in the Welsh Government since March 2021 to discuss the compulsory liquidation of the Baglan Group and the potential impact on businesses at Baglan Energy Park. Officials continue to provide regular updates including ongoing contingency planning by the Welsh Government and the affected businesses.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
8th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the steel industry achieves the Climate Change Committee’s recommendation for ore-based steelmaking to reach net zero by 2035, as set out in the Net Zero Strategy, published 19 October 2021.

In collaboration with the Steel Council, we are considering the implications of the recommendation of the Climate Change Committee to ‘set targets for ore-based steelmaking to reach near-zero emissions by 2035’ and the business environment necessary to support the transition.

The Net Zero Strategy sets out how we intend to meet our Carbon Budget 6 ambition of reducing industrial emissions by 63-76% by 2035, compared to the 2019 level. Hydrogen-based steelmaking, Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage, and electrification are some of the technological approaches being examined as part of this process.

We will continue to work with the steel industry regarding its decarbonisation.

Lee Rowley
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
8th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the Clean Steel Fund is allocated before 2023, in response to successful developments of hydrogen-based steelmaking projects in Sweden and Germany.

The Department announced the £250 million Clean Steel Fund in 2019 to support the UK steel sector to transition to lower carbon iron and steel production, through adoption of new technologies and processes. We are working with the sector to understand their decarbonisation plans, whether it is electric arc, industrial carbon capture equipment attached to existing blast furnaces, or other emerging technologies, such as hydrogen.

Based on previous evidence, complex decarbonisation projects have long lead-in times and take time to set up. In its response to the Call for Evidence on the Clean Steel Fund, the steel industry indicated a preference for the fund to start in 2023.

We have set up the Industrial Decarbonisation and Hydrogen Revenue Support (IDHRS) scheme to fund our new hydrogen and industrial carbon capture business models. We will be providing up to £140 million of taxpayer funds will be made available to establish the scheme, including up to £100 million to award contracts of up to 250MW of electrolytic hydrogen production capacity in 2023 with further allocation in 2024. The scheme will be open to businesses across industry, including steel companies.

Lee Rowley
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
8th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to facilitate a pilot for hydrogen-based steelmaking in the UK.

We are working closely with the UK Steel Council to explore decarbonisation pathways – including electric arc, industrial carbon capture equipment attached to existing blast furnaces, or other emerging technologies, such as hydrogen. The ideal decarbonisation pathway for individual sites is based on multiple factors and the Government is working closely with companies to support them as they make commercial decisions on the optimum route.

We have set up the Industrial Decarbonisation and Hydrogen Revenue Support (IDHRS) scheme to fund our new hydrogen and industrial carbon capture business models. We will be providing up to £140 million of taxpayer funds will be made available to establish the scheme, including up to £100 million to award contracts of up to 250MW of electrolytic hydrogen production capacity in 2023 with further allocation in 2024. The scheme will be open to businesses across industry, including steel companies.

Lee Rowley
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
8th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to take steps to support businesses located in the Baglan Energy Park with their energy supply.

On 24 March 2021, the Baglan Group (“Baglan”) including Calon Energy (Baglan Bay) Ltd, Baglan Generating Ltd, Baglan Operations Ltd and Baglan Pipeline Ltd, entered compulsory liquidation. The Secretary of State provided an indemnity to the Official Receiver that same day to ensure Baglan’s sites and operations could be secured, and that health and safety concerns associated with the sites could be addressed. This has enabled the private wire network, which supplies electricity to businesses on the Baglan Energy Park, to remain active whilst the Official Receiver develops and implements his disposal plan.

Contingency planning is a devolved matter for the Welsh Government who are working closely with all affected businesses. Officials continue to engage closely with the Welsh Government and provide support where appropriate.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Government’s decision to amend the National Security and Investment Bill on the Government's ability to protect the UK's (a) economy and (b) critical national infrastructure from hostile actors.

On the basis of the available data, which is limited to evidence from: Capital IQ on mergers and acquisitions with a value of £1 million and above; Pitchbook on transactions with a value below £1 million, and; Orbis on the number of indirect mergers and acquisitions, the proposed amendment, which would remove the 15% mandatory notification threshold from the National Security and Investment Bill is assessed as de minimis. Nonetheless, we do expect this to reduce the number of acquisitions subject to mandatory notification.

Irrespective of this change, the Bill continues to include the power for the Secretary of State to call in acquisitions at or below 25% of shares or votes in qualifying entities across the economy where they reasonably suspect that it has resulted in, or may result in, the acquisition of material influence over the policy of the entity and they reasonably suspect that this that this has given, or may give rise to, a risk to national security.

Therefore, we do not expect there to be any impact on the Government's ability to protect the UK's economy and critical national infrastructure from hostile actors.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Northern Ireland protocol, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that UK steel companies can export into the EU without facing EU Safeguard Tariffs.

The Government has worked successfully with the European Commission to secure country-specific allocations for various steel products within the Tariff Rate Quotas (by which the EU imposes its steel safeguard measures) to enable UK companies to trade tariff-free into the EU. These tariff-free allocations came into operation on 1 January 2021. Officials in the Department for International Trade continue to discuss the size and applicability of these quotas with the European Commission.

For steel traded into Northern Ireland, there is an interim solution already in place for steel from Britain and the EU to ensure it enters tariff free.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the amount of steel moved from Great Britain to Northern Ireland in each of the previous five calendar years.

This information is not regularly collected by Government or other official sources. We have had access to some data on this from the industry, but this data is commercially sensitive and not suitable for public release.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
17th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance his Department has published on how redundancy payments should be calculated for employees who have been furloughed during the covid-19 outbreak; and whether rates of pay for furloughed employees who have had variable working hours will be based on the hours they worked prior to being placed on furlough.

The provisions relating to calculation of redundancy and notice pay under the Employment Rights Act continue to apply when an individual is on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Employees who are dismissed due to redundancy and who satisfy certain qualifying conditions are statutorily entitled to a lump sum from their employer, based on their age, length of service and contractual weekly earnings, subject to a statutory upper limit, payable at, or soon after, the dismissal date.

As per the guidance for the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme, grants cannot be used to substitute redundancy payments. We would urge employers not to use the Job Retention Scheme to make someone redundant on less favourable terms than they would otherwise have received.

Full guidance on how to calculate rates of pay for employees on variable hours can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/calculate-how-much-you-can-claim-using-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to provide workplace protections for workers that are required by their employer to go to work during the covid-19 outbreak while living with a vulnerable person in their household.

The Government has introduced important social distancing measures for all types of businesses to consider in order to minimise the risk of transmission in the workplace. The Government has been clear that it is vital that all employers follow this guidance, which is clinically led and based on expert advice.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to classify steelworkers as key workers to ensure the maintenance of blast furnaces during the covid-19 outbreak.

During this time of unprecedented disruption, the Government has not asked all businesses to shut; it is important for businesses to carry on where possible. That being said, only those who cannot work from home should travel to workplaces – I recognise that this will include many steel workers.

The Government has provided updated, tailored guidance on social distancing; these and other measures should be implemented by employers in England to help protect their workforce from COVID-19, while still continuing their work. This guidance is available online at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/social-distancing-in-the-workplace-during-coronavirus-covid-19-sector-guidance.

Public Health England have also issued guidance on how employers and businesses can continue to work safely, available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19

The Department recently wrote to those working in the UK manufacturing industry, to restate the Government’s clear position that manufacturing is a critical part of our economy and that that there is no restriction on manufacturing continuing under the current rules, as long as social distancing measures are followed. A copy of this letter is published at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19

The Government is in regular contact with the UK steel sector on Covid-19, and we will continue to support them to mitigate the impact.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
6th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether she has made an assessment of the implications for her policies on the steel industry of the views expressed by the chairman of Tata Sons in The Sunday Times on 5 January 2020; and if she will make a statement.

The Government is committed to supporting a productive, vibrant and modern steel sector in the UK. As part of our support, the Government is taking wide-ranging action including compensation for energy costs, supporting innovation and clean steel production, and working with the industry to roll out steel procurement guidance.

We are monitoring the situation with Tata closely and remain in regular contact with the company, unions and other stakeholders.

We are committed to working constructively with members across the House of Commons on matters relating to the steel sector.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to update the House on the purchase of Huawei equipment between July 2020 and the implementation of the ban on buying new Huawei equipment in January 2021.

The Secretary of State set out in his statement to the House on ‘UK Telecommunications’ on 14 July that the Government will bring forward the Telecoms Security Bill in the Autumn. During the passage of the Bill, the Government will update Parliament on progress made with respect to telecoms security and high risk vendors.

The Secretary of State also confirmed that he would report regularly to Parliament to update Members on the progress of the measures outlined in his statement. This includes monthly appearances in the House for DCMS questions.

9th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps she has taken to ensure the resumption and continuation of critical (a) routine-vaccination, (b) sexual and reproductive health and (c) gender-based violence services in Cox's Bazar Bangladesh following the covid-19 outbreak.

We are pressing the UN and NGOs to resume vaccinations in the camps in Cox’s Bazar. WHO is supporting health authorities at national and local levels and the Government of Bangladesh recently introduced a new strategy and workplan to resume vaccination outreach in all camps. Routine vaccination sessions were reduced during the initial stages of the pandemic but are now gradually improving at the national level.

The Government of Bangladesh decided early in the crisis to deliver the national ‘Essential Service Package’ to the refugees, which includes contraceptive options, ante and post-natal care, midwifery services, and menstruation products. These are currently designated as critical services, alongside distribution of hygiene kits.

UK aid-supported gender-based violence (GBV) activities are being implemented across 34 camps, in 35 women friendly spaces/integrated women centres. The UK has provided an additional £400,000 to UNFPA for GBV services. Part of this funding is focused on ensuring critical GBV and child protection services keep operating for all those who need them, and includes disseminating anti-GBV messaging and activities with adolescent boys and girls.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the population of (a) Cox's Bazar and (b) Dhaka.

High population density, overcrowded housing, underlying illnesses and poverty make Bangladesh, and Dhaka in particular, vulnerable to COVID-19. Bangladesh is trying to address the challenges of COVID-19 with a weak healthcare system and limited financial resources. Bangladesh’s capacity to test for COVID-19 and to isolate and treat patients remains very limited. UK aid is preparing and strengthening the health system to reach the poorest and most vulnerable communities with access to water and sanitation, awareness raising information, and food assistance to support them during the prolonged lockdown.

The Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 due to underlying illnesses and overcrowded camps. Any disruption to essential services as a result of restrictions on agencies’ access to the camps increases health and protection risks, particularly for women and girls. The impact of the virus on the livelihoods of host communities could result in increasing hostility to refugees and humanitarian agencies. UK aid is being used to establish treatment centres, distribute soap, and improve access to clean water. Our support is helping to raise awareness about personal hygiene, share information and reach out to the most vulnerable people with advice on social distancing and other prevention measures.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to continue providing essential medical and humanitarian services in (a) Cox's Bazar and (b) Dhaka.

The UK has major health and humanitarian programmes in Cox’s Bazar and across Bangladesh, including in Dhaka. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of essential health and humanitarian services. UK Aid has re-prioritised activities to tackle the immediate health impacts and the broader socio-economic effects on the poorest and most vulnerable. This includes the Rohingya refugees and surrounding communities in Cox’s Bazar, where the UK has committed £256 million since 2017. Rapid humanitarian responses will remain a priority given Bangladesh’s vulnerability to climate and man-made disasters. Any increases will depend on the outcome of the current ODA reprioritisation review.

The UK has allocated £21 million so far to support the priorities set out in the Government of Bangladesh's Preparedness and Response plan. This includes more than £7 million to support national health systems and £3 million through UNDP to reach more than 2 million of the poorest people. More than £11 million has been allocated to existing UN and NGO partners to prepare for COVID-19 and maintain critical humanitarian services in the Rohingya refugee camps.

DFID and Unilever are collaborating on a mass global handwashing campaign, which will run across TV, radio, print and social media to help change people’s behaviour in countries across Africa and Asia, including Bangladesh.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant the Answer of 20 May 2020 to Question HL 4066 on Overseas Aid: Coronavirus, what assessment she has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the provision of and access to essential health and humanitarian services in (a) Cox's Bazar and (b) Dhaka.

The UK has major health and humanitarian programmes in Cox’s Bazar and across Bangladesh, including in Dhaka. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of essential health and humanitarian services. UK Aid has re-prioritised activities to tackle the immediate health impacts and the broader socio-economic effects on the poorest and most vulnerable. This includes the Rohingya refugees and surrounding communities in Cox’s Bazar, where the UK has committed £256 million since 2017. Rapid humanitarian responses will remain a priority given Bangladesh’s vulnerability to climate and man-made disasters. Any increases will depend on the outcome of the current ODA reprioritisation review.

The UK has allocated £21 million so far to support the priorities set out in the Government of Bangladesh's Preparedness and Response plan. This includes more than £7 million to support national health systems and £3 million through UNDP to reach more than 2 million of the poorest people. More than £11 million has been allocated to existing UN and NGO partners to prepare for COVID-19 and maintain critical humanitarian services in the Rohingya refugee camps.

DFID and Unilever are collaborating on a mass global handwashing campaign, which will run across TV, radio, print and social media to help change people’s behaviour in countries across Africa and Asia, including Bangladesh.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what critical services his Department is currently funding in (a) Cox's Bazar and (b) Dhaka.

The UK has major health and humanitarian programmes in Cox’s Bazar and across Bangladesh, including in Dhaka. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of essential health and humanitarian services. UK Aid has re-prioritised activities to tackle the immediate health impacts and the broader socio-economic effects on the poorest and most vulnerable. This includes the Rohingya refugees and surrounding communities in Cox’s Bazar, where the UK has committed £256 million since 2017. Rapid humanitarian responses will remain a priority given Bangladesh’s vulnerability to climate and man-made disasters. Any increases will depend on the outcome of the current ODA reprioritisation review.

The UK has allocated £21 million so far to support the priorities set out in the Government of Bangladesh's Preparedness and Response plan. This includes more than £7 million to support national health systems and £3 million through UNDP to reach more than 2 million of the poorest people. More than £11 million has been allocated to existing UN and NGO partners to prepare for COVID-19 and maintain critical humanitarian services in the Rohingya refugee camps.

DFID and Unilever are collaborating on a mass global handwashing campaign, which will run across TV, radio, print and social media to help change people’s behaviour in countries across Africa and Asia, including Bangladesh.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on tariff free access for UK-produced steel to the European market.

The Government has worked successfully with the European Commission to secure country-specific allocations for some steel products within the Tariff Rate Quotas (by which the EU imposes its steel safeguard measures) to enable UK companies to trade tariff-free into the EU. These tariff-free allocations came into operation on 1 January 2021.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she plans to review the trade preferences which initially qualify under the new Enhanced Framework to ensure that the Government offers preferential trading arrangements only to countries that comply with their obligations under international human rights law.

Countries currently in the European Union’s GSP+ tier will receive the same level of market access to the United Kingdom under our Enhanced Framework from 1st January 2021.

Receipt of trade preferences under our Enhanced Framework will be subject to conditions, similar to those under the EU’s GSP+. These include ratifying and effectively implementing the same 27 conventions and complying with those conventions’ reporting and monitoring requirements.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government plans to replace the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences in its trade negotiations with Sri Lanka with provisions to incentivise good governance and the adherence to international human rights obligations.

The United Kingdom is replicating the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP), which will enter into force on 1st January 2021.

The scheme will include an arrangement that replicates the EU’s GSP+ tier, called the “Enhanced Framework”, and Sri Lanka will automatically be granted trade preferences under this.

The “Enhanced Framework” will continue to be subject to conditions, similar to those under the EU’s GSP+, for all beneficiaries. These include ratifying and effectively implementing the same international conventions and complying with those conventions’ reporting and monitoring requirements.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Sri Lankan Government’s announcement of 27 February 2020 that it would withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council resolution 30/1, whether she has raised human rights during the current trade negotiations with the Sri Lankan Government.

Sri Lanka is a valuable trading partner for Britain. Whilst HM Government has not yet undertaken any formal trade negotiations with Sri Lanka, both countries have expressed a mutual commitment to identifying and reducing barriers to trade, and are actively seeking ways to further enhance our trading relationship.

HM Government has raised rights and responsibilities with the Government of Sri Lanka, as part of wide-ranging discussions between the Foreign Secretary and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of the Government stating that it intends to exempt steel produced in the EU from the UK’s safeguard measures in order to achieve reciprocal arrangements for UK-produced steel sold in the EU.

The Government’s priority is to ensure that, at the end of the transition period, domestic industry retains appropriate trade remedy protections. The Department for International Trade continues to seek to engage with the European Commission on the mutual application of steel safeguard measures, with the aim of preserving traditional trade flows and providing as much continuity to industry as possible at the end of the transition period.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to suspend the requirement for HGV drivers to udnertake a medical in order to renew their license during the covid-19 outbreak.

To keep bus and lorry drivers on the road and vital supply chains moving during the coronavirus pandemic, the Government has made temporary provisions to remove the requirement to submit a medical report when applying to renew a lorry or bus licence until further notice. Provided they have no notifiable medical conditions, drivers will be issued a licence that is valid for one year instead of the usual five. This only applies if the licence expired after 1 January 2020 or is due to expire.

As is always the case, drivers must ensure they are medically fit to drive and they are legally obliged to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency about any onset or worsening of medical conditions.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to support people who have experienced delays in processing new State Pension claims.

We provide support to our customers by communicating at the following stages to keep them fully informed during the claim process: -

  • when their State Pension claim is received – this includes online claims via Get Your State

Pension

  • inviting the customer to contact us if we need some additional information
  • we are working on their claim and they do not need to contact us
  • we have processed their claim and we will send a letter to confirm payment
Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken is to process new state pension claims.

For the period August 2020 to August 2021, the average processing time for complex claims was 39 days.

Supporting Information

To Note: This is the latest data available.

We introduced the Get Your State Pension online system in 2018. Around 70-80% of State Pension claims are made via Get Your State Pension and of those 50-60% are cleared the same day, as they can be automatically awarded and put into payment to the customer without any agent intervention. Only the most complex cases are now considered when calculating the average clearance time for a State Pension claim, which means the ‘average’ that we are able to provide is heavily inflated.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of new state pension claimants have experienced delays in processing their claim in (a) the UK, (b) Wales and (c) Aberavon.

This information is not held and is only available at disproportionate cost to the Department.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid to personal independence payment claimants in back-dated payments in Aberavon constituency, in each of the last three years.

The information requested on how much has been paid to Personal Independence Payment claimants in back-dated payments is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid in back-dated payments to employment support allowance claimants in Aberavon constituency in each of the last three years.

The information requested on amounts paid in back-dated payments to Employment and Support Allowance claimants is not readily available at constituency level. It would incur disproportionate cost to derive this information.

21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment claimants in Aberavon constituency have had a decision from her Department overturned at Tribunal in each of the last three years.

Of the 8,250 initial decisions following a PIP assessment since PIP was introduced up to June 2019, for claimants from Aberavon Parliamentary Constituency, 9% have been overturned at a tribunal hearing.

Statistics on the number of initial decisions following a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment which have been overturned at a tribunal hearing, for claimants from Aberavon Parliamentary Constituency, are shown in the table below.

Financial Year of appeal clearance

Number of decisions overturned at a tribunal hearing

2016-17

230

2017-18

240

2018-19

90

Total

560

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Statistics on appeal outcomes in relation to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Work Capability Assessments by claim start date and Parliamentary Constituency is available on Stat-Xplore.

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Guidance on how to use Stat-Xplore can be found here:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html

The Ministry of Justice publishes information on the number of all PIP and ESA decisions overturned at a tribunal hearing by tribunal venue, available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/tribunals-statistics

21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment support allowance claimants in Aberavon constituency have had a decision by her Department overturned at Tribunal in each of the last three years.

Of the 8,250 initial decisions following a PIP assessment since PIP was introduced up to June 2019, for claimants from Aberavon Parliamentary Constituency, 9% have been overturned at a tribunal hearing.

Statistics on the number of initial decisions following a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment which have been overturned at a tribunal hearing, for claimants from Aberavon Parliamentary Constituency, are shown in the table below.

Financial Year of appeal clearance

Number of decisions overturned at a tribunal hearing

2016-17

230

2017-18

240

2018-19

90

Total

560

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Statistics on appeal outcomes in relation to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Work Capability Assessments by claim start date and Parliamentary Constituency is available on Stat-Xplore.

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Guidance on how to use Stat-Xplore can be found here:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html

The Ministry of Justice publishes information on the number of all PIP and ESA decisions overturned at a tribunal hearing by tribunal venue, available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/tribunals-statistics

21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much pension credit was unclaimed in (a) Aberavon constituency, (b) Wales and (c) the UK in each of the last three years.

Official statistics on the take-up of income-related benefits at Great Britain level, including Pension Credit, can be found in the ‘Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up in 2016 to 2017’ publication.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017

The next report containing 2017/18 data is due to be published on 27th February 2020. It will be available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/announcements/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2017-to-2018

The information requested on the amount of Pension Credit which remains unclaimed is only available at the Great Britain level. Below are the figures on the amount of unclaimed Pension Credit within Great Britain over the past 3 years of data available.

Year

Estimated Amount Unclaimed (Millions of Pounds)

Range (Millions of Pounds)

2016/17

3,050

2,620 – 3,520

2015/16

2,720

2,330 – 3,140

2014/15

2,760

2,400 – 3,140

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners lived in (a) poverty and (b) extreme poverty in (i) Wales and (ii) Aberavon constituency in each of the last 10 years.

The tables below provide estimates of the number of pensioners in Wales living in households where equivalised income is a) below 60% of median income and b) below 50% of median income. Information is only available for regions on an average of three financial years as the sample sizes in the survey used to collect income data are not large enough to provide robust single year estimates.

Estimates for constituencies are not possible due to sample sizes so it is not possible to provide estimates for Aberavon.

Relative low income sets a threshold as a proportion of the UK average (median) income and moves as average income changes over time. Absolute low income takes the 60% of median income threshold from 2010/11 and moves this in line with inflation. This is designed to assess how low incomes are faring with reference to inflation.

Number (millions) of pensioners living in households with equivalised income below 60% of median income in Wales

3 year average

Relative Low Income (Before Housing Costs)

Relative Low Income (After Housing Costs)

Absolute Low Income (Before Housing Costs)

Absolute Low Income (After Housing Costs)

2015/16 to 2017/18

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

2014/15 to 2016/17

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

2013/14 to 2015/16

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

2012/13 to 2014/15

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

2011/12 to 2013/14

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

2010/11 to 2012/13

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

2009/10 to 2011/12

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

2008/09 to 2010/11

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

2007/08 to 2009/10

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

2006/07 to 2008/09

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

Number (millions) of pensioners living in households with equivalised income below 50% of median income in Wales

3 year average

Relative Low Income (Before Housing Costs)

Relative Low Income (After Housing Costs)

Absolute Low Income (Before Housing Costs)

Absolute Low Income (After Housing Costs)

2015/16 to 2017/18

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

2014/15 to 2016/17

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

2013/14 to 2015/16

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

2012/13 to 2014/15

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

2011/12 to 2013/14

0.1

0.0

0.1

0.1

2010/11 to 2012/13

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

2009/10 to 2011/12

0.1

0.0

0.1

0.1

2008/09 to 2010/11

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

2007/08 to 2009/10

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

2006/07 to 2008/09

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

Numbers are rounded to the nearest 0.1million children

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of universal credit claimants in (a) Aberavon constituency and (b) Wales have received an advanced payment.

Universal Credit is now the main system of working age welfare support across the country. It is available in every Jobcentre, with a caseload of 2.8 million claimants, growing every month, now able to access the additional support and flexibilities it offers.

New Claim Advances are available to support those in immediate financial need until their first Universal Credit payment is made. Around 60 per cent of new claims take an advance payment. Subject to some fluctuation, this rate of advance take-up has been broadly consistent over the last 12 months. As the overall Universal Credit caseload grows, we expect the volume and value of advance payments to increase in correlation. This shows that claimants are being made aware of advances and are using it where they need this help.

The below table shows the number of claims paid and those who received at least one advance payment in Wales and the Aberavon parliamentary constituency.

Number of paid claims

Of which; Have had at least one advance

Proportion of claims paid an advance

Wales

181,120

100,050

55%

Aberavon parliamentary constituency

6,470

3,530

55%

Notes

1. Figures relate only to Universal Credit full service, from inception to November 2019 inclusive

2. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10

3. Figures include all types of advances, including advances paid after the first assessment period

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants who have received an advanced payment have subsequently reported financial difficulty to their work coach in each of the last three years.

The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid in back-dated payments to universal credit claimants in Aberavon constituency in each of the last three years.

The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

The Department does not centrally collate records of back-dated payments by constituencies.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
6th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps she has taken to ensure that universal credit claimants paying rent weekly do not face a one-week shortfall in their UC housing element in 2020.

Neither tenants or landlords lose a week’s rent in a 53 weekly rent payment year as has been alleged; no year contains 53 weeks. The problem is alignment between weekly and monthly cycles. Each month the UC housing element is a constant figure but claimants with weekly tenancy agreements will be required to make either four or five rent payments within this period. If the claimant always pays their rent on time, in five payment months they are effectively making payment for part of the following month. That month will always be a four rent payment month, so the combination of the advance payment and the ‘overpayment’ of housing support during that month will result in the correct amount of housing element being paid.

Where a landlord charges rent weekly on a Monday, because of the way the calendar falls every 5 or 6 years, they will seek 53 rent payments in a year, with the 53rd payment in part covering the tenancy for the first few days of the following year. The effect of this is that, over the course of the next housing association rental year, a tenant’s UC payments will accurately reflect their liability, irrespective of the 53 payment weeks.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
25th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department or Public Health England has a working relationship, including on contractual or commercial terms, with the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) or any of its subsidiaries.

Neither the Department nor the former Public Health England has any collaborative, commercial or contractual links to the Beijing Genomics Institute or its subsidiaries.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations she has made personally to her Indian counterpart on the four-year incarceration of British citizen Jagtar Singh Johal; and whether officials in her Department have, in any of their communication with the Indian authorities, have described the incarceration as arbitrary detention.

The UK Government takes all allegations of human rights violations very seriously, and we regularly raise Mr Johal's case directly with the Government of India at official and Ministerial level. The Foreign Secretary last raised Mr Johal's case with the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, on 22 October 2021. This Government will continue to look to raise our concerns, including allegations that Mr Johal's detention is arbitrary, at all appropriate opportunities.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
18th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations she has made to the Chinese Government on the wellbeing of tennis player Peng Shui.

On 20 November, the FCDO called on the Chinese authorities to assure the safety of Peng Shuai. We continue to follow her case closely.

Everyone should be allowed to speak out without fear of repercussions. All reports of sexual assault, anywhere in the world, should be investigated.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
25th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on the date on which the Afghan Citizens Resettlement programme will open; and what steps the Government is taking to secure the safe passage out of Afghanistan of journalists and former journalists whose lives are immediately at risk until the Afghan Citizens Resettlement programme opens.

The Afghan Citizen Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) will provide those put at risk by recent events in Afghanistan with a route to safety. The ACRS is one of the most generous schemes in our country's history under which we will welcome up to 5,000 vulnerable Afghans over the next year and up to a total of 20,000 in the coming years. The Foreign Secretary has discussed the ACRS with the Home Secretary and Lord Ahmad has had regular meetings with the Minister for Afghan Resettlement, Victoria Atkins, most recently on 27 October. Officials are in daily contact. The scheme is not yet open and further details will be announced in due course by the Home Office. Further details on the scheme will be published here: Afghanistan resettlement and immigration policy statement - GOV.UK.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government plans to convene the UN Security Council as the UN penholder on Myanmar and in the context of the Burmese military build-up and increased attacks in north western Myanmar.

The UK is deeply concerned about the situation in Chin and Sagaing States, particularly the significant troop movements by the Myanmar Armed Forces and reports of multiple civilian casualties. Current clashes have created mass displacement, with thousands of people now fleeing across the Indian border into Manipur and Mizoram state. This not only exacerbates the crisis in Myanmar but causes further regional instability. On 15 October the British Embassy in Yangon released a statement urging the military to end their campaign of violence and flagging our concern for communities, their livelihoods, property and places of worship. We are monitoring developments closely and are in discussion with our international partners in the UN Security Council.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has plans to remove the Burmese Military Attache, Captain Soe Aung, from the UK.

The UK strongly condemns the military coup in Myanmar and the violent crackdown on innocent people. Any decision to declare a foreign diplomat "persona non grata" under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations would need careful consideration in view of the wider implications of such a decision.

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, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the 220 female judges who are currently in Afghanistan are brought to the UK as rapidly as possible.

All those at risk of persecution in Afghanistan are eligible to apply to the Afghan Citizens' Resettlement Scheme, which will welcome up to a total of 20,000 vulnerable Afghans to the UK over a five-year period. Women and girls at risk and those who have stood up for the rule of law, including female judges, will be eligible for the scheme.

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, what steps the Government is taking to (a) make representations on North Korea's recent testing of a new 1,000 mile cruise missile at the UN Security Council and (b) have cruise missiles included in the scope of weapons that are considered to be endangering regional and world peace.

These tests are a clear violation of UN Security Council Resolutions and a threat to regional peace and security.

North Korea must change course and take immediate steps towards complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation. Alongside our allies and partners, the UK is committed to peace on the Korean Peninsula, upholding the rules-based international system and securing an end to North Korea’s unlawful activities.

We urge North Korea to refrain from further provocations, and to return to dialogue with the US.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of British Council funding on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), particularly in relation to UK-Canada disability and arts partnership programmes.

The government remains committed to the British Council. As the Integrated Review made clear, the Council is one of the vital instruments of our influence overseas. We agreed a 2021/22 Spending Review settlement totalling £189 million, a 27% increase on funding for 2020/21. We are also providing loan support of up to £245 million, including a £100 million loan to support restructuring efforts and help rebuild commercial surpluses. The Council will continue to operate in over 100 countries promoting the English language, UK arts and culture, and education.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department plans to conduct a new Joint Analysis of Conflict and Stability on Sri Lanka, as recommended in the annual review of Conflict Security and Stability Fund programmes for 2019-20.

The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office will undertake a new Joint analysis of Conflict and Stability on Sri Lanka in the autumn.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in the Bangladeshi government on the compliance of that country's new digital security legislation with international human rights law.

The Digital Security Act (DSA) was passed by the Bangladesh Parliament in 2018. Local and international human rights groups raised serious concerns about its broad and vague provisions, granting law enforcement authorities extensive powers to police the online space. The DSA is widely viewed as a means of suppressing opposition and limiting freedom of speech.

In May 2021, the British High Commissioner in Dhaka highlighted concerns to the Bangladesh Law Minister and the International Adviser to the Prime Minister about the sweeping powers of the DSA, which continue to pose challenges for independent and credible media and civil society in Bangladesh. In July, the Deputy High Commissioner reiterated UK concerns to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also urged Bangladesh to focus on improving the conditions for a free and independent media and the protection of human rights. We continue to work with like-minded partners and urge the Government of Bangladesh to ensure that the DSA is in compliance with international human rights law.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to review the Overseas Security and Justice Assessment related to Conflict, Security and Stability Fund programmes on Sri Lanka.

All Overseas Security and Justice Assessments (OSJA) are regularly reviewed in line with our OSJA policy which can be found online at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/overseas-security-and-justice-assistance-osja-guidance. The UK's programme work in Sri Lanka is subject to regular and robust OSJA assessments that analyse the potential human rights, international humanitarian law, political and reputational risks of any proposed assistance to ensure that it supports our values and is consistent with our domestic and international human rights obligations.

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, whether the Government has accredited the Burmese Ambassador to the UK appointed by the military dictatorship in that country.

We do not discuss the details of accreditation requests in specific cases.

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, whether the Government has sought accreditation for the new UK Ambassador to Myanmar from the military dictatorship in that country.

The UK is committed to maintaining an Embassy in Yangon which is delivering vital work to deliver our aid programme and support our political objectives. We are only engaging with the military regime where necessary, including on issues connected to enabling the functioning of the Embassy, and on the welfare of British nationals. We do not discuss the details of accreditation requests in specific cases.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in the Chinese Government on the reported (a) illegal practice of organ harvesting and (b) persecution by that Government of the Falun Gong people in that country.

We remain deeply concerned about the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and others on the grounds of their religion or belief in China. The freedom to practice, change or share ones faith or belief without discrimination or violent opposition is a human right that all people should enjoy. We continue to monitor the issue of alleged organ harvesting closely and consider carefully all evidence presented to us. We regularly raise our concerns about the human rights situation with the Chinese authorities, and will continue to do so.

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, if his Department will release the details of the commercial loan terms given to the British Council in 2020.

The UK Government provided the British Council access to a loan facility of £60 million in 2020, which was increased to £145 million in 2021, to enable the organisation to remain solvent and meet its minimum financial obligations in response to the impact of Covid on its exams and teaching business. The terms of this loan facility are commercially sensitive, however, the loan facility was made in line with the Market Economy Operator Principle with assessments conducted on the British Council's financial data and credit worthiness to ensure the terms are in line with those which a private operator would provide.

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, how many jobs he expects to be lost at the British Council due to the recent announcements of reduced staffing levels; and if he will publish the (a) roles and (b) locations of those jobs.

The UK Government remains committed to the British Council. As the Integrated Review made clear, the Council is one of the vital instruments of our influence overseas. It will continue to operate in over 100 countries promoting the English language, UK arts and culture and education, and continue to promote Global Britain. Questions about staffing levels are operational matters for the British Council.

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 assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of reductions in staffing levels at the British Council on the UK’s reputation overseas in respect of (a) delivering education and training and (b) securing trade deals following the UK's departure from the EU.

The UK Government remains committed to the British Council. As the Integrated Review made clear, the Council is one of the vital instruments of our influence overseas. It will continue to operate in over 100 countries promoting the English language, UK arts and culture and education, and continue to promote Global Britain. Questions about staffing levels are operational matters for the British Council.

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, what discussions has he had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the role of the Chinese state owned Beijing Construction Engineering Group International in the delivery of services to (a) local authorities and (b) the public sector.

The Foreign Secretary engages his Ministerial counterparts on a range of issues, including those relating to China. As an open economy, we welcome foreign trade and investment including from Chinese businesses where it adheres to our laws and supports UK growth and jobs. In line with the Integrated Review, we will continue to pursue a positive trade and investment relationship with China, while ensuring our national security and values are protected.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that Taiwan can viably access an alternative source of covid-19 vaccine supply to that being offered by the Chinese Government.

The UK remains committed to equitable access to safe and effective vaccines and the Prime Minister has stated that we will share vaccines with COVAX and has called on G7 leaders to vaccinate the world by end of next year. We will continue to discuss this issue with our G7 partners and will issue details of the quantities and timeframe for sharing vaccine doses soon.

Taiwan has had one of the lowest incidences of Covid-19 in the world since the outbreak of the pandemic. We are continuing to engage with the relevant authorities locally through the British Office in Taipei as it faces its first significant occurrence of community transmission of the virus. Taiwan has so far received 609,600 doses through the COVAX platform. We will continue to work with all of our international partners to deliver a strong global response to the pandemic.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what progress has been made towards the establishment of a parliamentary committee to examine allegations of genocide.

Charging a Committee with the functions set out in section 3 of the Trade Act is a matter for Parliament. During the passage of the Bill, it was not possible to secure agreement on which committees would be responsible for this process. However, I can now confirm that the Foreign Affairs Select Committee (FAC) has agreed to be charged with the role in the Commons, subject to agreement by the House. This proposal was agreed through usual channel discussions with the Chair of the FAC and other parties. Discussions are still ongoing in the House of Commons, and are due to begin shortly in the House of Lords.

As previously agreed, the Government will also support the responsible Committees in both Houses being able to refer reports of genocide, in the territory of a prospective Free Trade Agreement counter-party, to a joint committee. Again, once charged, this will be a matter for each House and the responsible Committees to determine, and the Government has committed to bring forward motions if necessary.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he has taken to respond to the humanitarian situation in Nepal; what assessment he has made of the speed of the Government's response to that situation, with particular reference to the Government's acknowledgment that Nepal is considered a close ally of the UK with historic ties of over 200 years; and what comparative assessment he has made of the speed of the Government's response and the response of other countries to that situation.

On Friday 28 May, a plane carrying the UK's donation of 260 ventilators and 2,000 visors arrived in Nepal, in response to an urgent request for medical supplies from the Government of Nepal. Moreover, since the beginning of the pandemic, British Embassy Kathmandu has helped Nepal respond to COVID-19 by reprioritising over £40 million of its aid budget. This support has included the construction of an oxygen plant in a Kathmandu hospital; technical advice to local government on managing the impact of COVID-19; water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to support around 300,000 people; safe spaces for women in isolation centres; cash and voucher assistance for the most vulnerable; and nutrition support for pregnant and lactating women. The UK is also a leading donor to COVAX, having committed £548 million to the scheme. COVAX has allocated 2,000,000 vaccine doses to Nepal, of which 348,000 have already been delivered. We are working closely with international partners to support the people of Nepal at this difficult time.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
19th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government plans in the UN General Assembly to oppose the election of Mohan Peiris, Sri Lanka’s nominee for membership of the UN’s Law Commission, on the basis of performance as that country’s Attorney General; and what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the election of Mohan Peris on the credibility of the Law Commission.

As a matter of established policy, the UK does not reveal its voting intentions in international elections. We recognise the important role of the International Law Commission in promoting the progressive development of international law and its codification. The UK will carefully consider all candidates in determining our voting position.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
13th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the report by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, entitled Uyghur forced labour in Xinjiang and UK value chains, HC 1272, published on 17 March 2021, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on supporting the recommendation in that report for the Government to publish lists of companies that (a) can and (b) cannot offer supply chain transparency.

Evidence of forced Uyghur labour, within Xinjiang and in other parts of China, is credible and growing. We have consistently made clear our view that all businesses involved in investing in Xinjiang, or with parts of their supply chains in Xinjiang, should conduct appropriate due diligence to satisfy themselves that their activities do not support, or risk being seen to support, any human rights violations or abuses. Our message to UK business is clear. It is time to act without delay to ensure our supply chains are free from forced labour and that they are not complicit in these gross violations of human rights. The Government will formally respond to the report and its recommendations by the deadline. Policy responsibility for forced labour and supply chains is split across several Government departments. Officials from BEIS, the FCDO and across Government are co-ordinating closely, including on issues raised by the Committee.

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, whether the Government recognises Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn as the legitimate representative of the Government of Myanmar in the UK.

We pay tribute to Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn for his bravery in standing up in support of democracy. The UK remains steadfast in our opposition to the coup, as demonstrated by our strong international leadership, including at the United Nations Security Council and G7, and through our imposition of targeted sanctions. It is the longstanding policy and practice of successive British Governments to accord recognition to States and not to Governments. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has received notification, in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, of the appointment of a chargé d'affaires ad interim to act provisionally as head of Myanmar's mission in the United Kingdom. The consent of the receiving State is not required when appointing a chargé d'affaires ad interim.

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 discussions he plans to have with the Prime Minister ahead of his visit to India on making representations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on attacks on media freedom and journalists in that country.

The Prime Minister's visit to India will be an opportunity to discuss a range of bilateral and multilateral issues with the Indian Government. Where we have specific concerns we raise them directly with the Government of India.

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 discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the potential merits of using his upcoming visit to India to make representations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the shutdown of Amnesty International India since September 2020 despite no charges having been brought against the organisation.

The Prime Minister's visit to India will be an opportunity to discuss a range of bilateral and multilateral issues with the Indian Government. Where we have specific concerns we raise them directly with the Government of India.

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, whether it is his policy that all (a) Uyghurs, (b) Kazakhs and (c) other members of Chinese ethnic groups resident in the UK, regardless of their immigration status, will be provided with consular and other appropriate assistance to establish (i) the whereabouts of and (ii) contact with their children in China in the event that they require such assistance.

The assistance the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) can provide to British nationals abroad is set out in the publication: Support for British nationals abroad: A Guide. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-british-nationals-abroad-a-guide As stated in our guidance we cannot provide this support to other countries' nationals, even if they have been resident in the UK.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
24th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, if he will make an assessment with the Home Secretary of the potential merits of introducing temporary protected status based on the US model for Burmese nationals in the UK to help ensure they are not in danger as a result of the military coup in that country.

The UK is deeply concerned about the situation on the ground in Myanmar, and condemns the further killings of innocent people over the weekend. I [Minister Adams] have discussed with my counterpart in the Home Office about our options to support Myanmar nationals in the UK who could be in danger if they return.

The majority of Myanmar nationals present within the UK have already utilised the switching provisions, including Exceptional Assurance, within our immigration system to continue their regularised stay.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to persuade members of the Commonwealth to join the UK in imposing arms embargoes against Myanmar.

The UK is a longstanding supporter of an arms embargo on Myanmar. We are clear that countries including those in the Commonwealth should not sell arms to the Myanmar military. The UK autonomous Myanmar sanctions regulations prohibit the provision of military related services, including the provision of technical assistance, to or for the benefit of the Tatmadaw. We will work closely with partners to pressure those who sell arms to the military.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the UK Government plans to introduce (a) economic and (b) other sanctions on the Myanmar military as an institution in addition to sanctions on individual Myanmar military and security personnel.

We are clear that the military must pay the price for their actions, that is why we are exploring all options to put pressure on their economic interests, this includes sanctions.

We remain committed to the principle of 'do no harm' with sanctions, and therefore wish to ensure that any measures balance the risk of disproportionately affecting poor people in Myanmar and imposing a cost on the military. In addition, as set out in the written ministerial statement of 25 February, we are reviewing our approach to Trade and Investment in Myanmar, and while that review takes place have suspended all trade promotion activity. The Foreign Secretary and the International Trade Secretary have written to British Companies active in Myanmar to make clear our expectation that they do nothing to support the military.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the UK Government supports the recommendation of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar that the situation in Myanmar should be referred to the International Criminal Court.

The UK is a longstanding supporter of the UN Fact Finding Mission, which we worked with partners to establish. We have worked hard to implement its recommendations. The UK is clear that there must be accountability for the acts of the military, both historic and recent. We are clear that all options should be on the table, this includes referral to the International Criminal Court. We will continue to work with partners to further the cause of accountability, including through our strong support to the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, and through discussions at the UN Security Council.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what meetings he has had with members of the Committee Representing the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in Myanmar.

The Foreign Secretary has not yet received any meeting requests from the Committee Representing the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH), but Ministers stand ready to meet them. Officials are engaging at a working level with members of the CRPH. They are an important voice for many in Myanmar. We coordinated with them to read out excerpts from their statements at the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on 12 February, and at the UN General Assembly meeting on 26 February.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department is undertaking a review of the last 10 years of policy making in respect of Myanmar in light of the genocide and military coup which have taken place in that country.

The situation in Myanmar is complex, there are no simple answers. We work closely with civil society and parliament to ensure that our policy making is taking into account the lessons learned from the past decade.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
4th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to grant diplomatic accreditation to the recently appointed Chief of Staff and Second Secretary in Myanmar's embassy in London.

Under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961, with the exception of heads of mission and military, naval and air attaches, states may freely appoint staff to their diplomatic missions.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
4th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government (a) publicly opposes the suspension of Myanmar’s UN representative Kyaw Moe Tun and (b) plans to make a public statement opposing the appointment of any new ambassador to the UN made by the Military junta.

We commend the courage of Myanmar's UN Ambassador in speaking out against the coup. He joins the people of Myanmar in resoundingly rejecting military rule. We oppose his suspension and stand with him - democracy must be restored. The Foreign Secretary tweeted his support to the Ambassador after his speech. The UK Ambassador to the UN met with him on 2 March. We do not have further plans to make a public statement against the suspension of Kyaw Moe Tun or on the appointment of any new Ambassador. We will however continue to engage with the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, who represent a body of MPs elected in November. They are an important voice for many in Myanmar. We coordinated with them to read out excerpts from their statements at the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on 12 February, and at the UN General Assembly meeting on 26 February.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
2nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in Bangladesh on the upholding of (a) the right to life, (b) the right to a fair trial, (c) the right to freedom of expression and (d) other human rights since the death in custody of Bangladeshi writer and journalist Mushtaq Ahmed.

The UK government was very concerned to hear about the death in custody of Mushtaq Ahmed, who was being held under the Digital Security Act in Bangladesh. In a statement on 26 February, the British High Commissioner in Dhaka, alongside other local Ambassadors and High Commissioners, emphasised the importance of freedom of expression and called for a swift and transparent investigation into Mushtaq Ahmed's death. In a tweet on 27 February, the Minister of State for South Asia, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, also called for a full investigation.

Bangladesh remains a Human Rights Priority Country for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. We continue to stress to the Government of Bangladesh, both in public and in private, the importance of respect for human rights and the rule of law. Lord Ahmad has raised concerns with the Foreign Minister, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Bangladesh High Commissioner in London on several occasions.

We continue to urge the Government of Bangladesh to engage constructively with civil society and the media to ensure that legislation such as the Digital Security Act is implemented in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the Constitution of Bangladesh. We also regularly engage with the Government of Bangladesh on the full range of our human rights concerns, including the treatment of those in detention and the integrity and independence of the judicial process.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Pakistani counterpart on the 2 February 2021 arrest of Professor Muhammad Ismail, the General Secretary of the NGO Forum of Pakistan.

We are concerned about reports of Professor Muhammad Ismail's arrest. We consistently urge the Pakistani authorities to investigate any such allegations thoroughly and transparently. The UK recognises that Human Rights Defenders play an essential role in promoting and protecting democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law. We support the rights of Human Rights Defenders to carry out their work safely and without fear.

Pakistan remains a FCDO Human Rights Priority Country. We regularly raise at a senior level our concerns about the human rights situation with the Government of Pakistan. Most recently, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon discussed our human rights concerns with Pakistan's Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari, on 20 February. The UK will continue to urge the government of Pakistan to guarantee the rights of all people in Pakistan, as laid down in the Constitution of Pakistan and in accordance with international standards.

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, whether consular access to Mr Jagtar Singh Johal was (a) requested by the UK High Commission and (b) granted by the Indian authorities during the 10 days in which Mr Johal was incarcerated in Delhi Special Cell in January 2021.

Consular staff from the British High Commission in Delhi visited Mr Johal in police custody on Friday 8 January following his transfer to Delhi Special Cell on 7 January. Permission for a further consular visit was granted by the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday 15 January but a visit could not be conducted before Mr Johal was returned to Tihar jail on 16 January. Permission was then sought and granted for a consular call with Mr Johal which took place on Wednesday 20 January.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether it is his policy that the incarceration of British citizen Jagtar Singh Johal by the Indian authorities is an arbitrary detention.

We regularly make representations on Mr Johal's case to the Government of India and take all allegations of human rights violations very seriously. The Foreign Secretary raised Mr Johal's case with the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, on 15 December 2020. Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, last raised Mr Johal's case with the Indian High Commissioner on 28 January 2021, and with the Indian Foreign Secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, on 3 November 2020. Lord Ahmad has also met with Mr Johal's family on a number of occasions, most recently on 27 January 2021.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
19th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he has taken towards securing a new resolution on human rights in Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in March 2021.

The UK has long supported efforts to promote accountability, reconciliation and human rights in Sri Lanka, including in our role as penholder on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). We firmly believe that UNHRC resolution 30/1, and its successor resolutions 34/1 and 40/1, remain the best framework for establishing truth and achieving justice and lasting reconciliation following the conflict in Sri Lanka. We have made this clear in statements delivered on behalf of the Core Group on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in February, June and September 2020.

The Minister of State for South Asia and Minister responsible for Human Rights, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, has raised the importance of justice and accountability on several occasions with the Sri Lankan High Commissioner and the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, most recently on 21 December and 22 January respectively. The UK's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka also regularly raises human rights issues in her discussions with the government of Sri Lanka.

Ahead of the March 2021 session of the UNHRC, the UK are working closely with international partners on our approach, and have discussed this with representatives of the Sri Lankan Government.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
15th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the UK's reputation (a) for defending democracy and upholding the rule of law and (b) generally of British barrister David Perry QC leading the prosecution of Jimmy Lai and eight other pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.

Anyone working on cases involving Hong Kong politicians and activists will want to assure themselves that the very highest legal standards, including fairness, are being upheld. The Government has been clear that the Hong Kong authorities must end their targeting of pro-democracy voices.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations has he made to the Chinese Government on the finding of The Committee to Protect Journalists that there were 47 journalists in prison in that country as of 1 December 2020, more than any other country for the second year in a row.

We are deeply concerned about the ongoing efforts by Chinese authorities to curtail media freedom, an essential element of the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. We continue to urge the Chinese authorities to allow journalists to practice their profession without fear or arrest, harassment or reprisal, and to end extensive censorship and control over the media and wider freedom of expression.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to reports of the forced cremation of covid-19 victims in Sri Lanka, what representations he has made to his Sri Lankan counterpart on the protection of religious beliefs and freedoms.

The UK Government is concerned about the Government of Sri Lanka's continued decision to mandate cremations for all those affected by Covid-19, and recognises the particular impact this is having on Sri Lankan Muslims and other faith communities. The Minister of State for South Asia and Minister responsible for Human Rights, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, has raised concerns about this directly with the Sri Lankan High Commissioner, most recently in December. Lord Ahmad also raised the importance of minority rights in a call with the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in November. The UK's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka has also raised concerns about mandatory cremations several times with the Sri Lankan Government, most recently in January.

The UK has shared guidance with the Government of Sri Lanka on how burials can continue to operate in a safe format, within the WHO guidelines, to ensure all religious groups can practise their rites. We will continue to engage with the Government of Sri Lanka on this important issue.

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, with reference to his recent correspondence with Burma Campaign UK, whether the Commonwealth Development Commission has been instructed to withdraw its financial support for Frontiir.

CDC Group's (CDC) investment in Frontiir has helped connect over one million people in Myanmar to the internet at affordable prices, thereby increasing access to information, boosting businesses, supporting education and tackling poverty. We support CDC's ongoing commitment to this investment.

CDC carries out due diligence in every investment it makes, including Frontiir. Frontiir has at all times adhered to international best practice and the company has become an observer of the Global Network Initiative at CDC's request. The UK remains committed to our efforts with partners to strengthen due diligence processes and raise any concerns, whilst continuing to support investment to benefit the people of Myanmar.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
24th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in the Philippines' Government on the effect of that Government's new Anti-Terrorism Act on (a) the human rights of the Filipino people and (b) the work of civil society organisations in that country.

The UK recognises the threat of terrorism in the Philippines and the importance of protecting human rights in the updated Anti-Terrorism Act. We regularly raise human rights concerns and continue to support the work of civil society organisations in the Philippines. I raised our concerns with Foreign Minister Locsin on 20 November, stressing the need for engagement with a new UN technical assistance programme with the Philippines, as set out in a UN Human Rights Council resolution adopted in October 2020.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with the new trade envoy to Sri Lanka on ensuring that future trade agreements between the UK and Sri Lanka support the UK’s policy on accountability and justice for human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is a valuable trading partner for the UK. Both countries have expressed a mutual commitment to identifying and reducing barriers to trade and are actively seeking ways to further enhance our trading relationship. The UK's new trade envoy to Sri Lanka will play an important role in supporting this. The UK has long supported efforts to promote peace, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, including through our work with the Core Group on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council. We regularly raise the importance of human rights and good governance alongside trade and other issues as part of our wide-ranging discussions with the Government of Sri Lanka. The Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, has raised both human rights and trade on several occasions with the Sri Lankan High Commissioner and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, most recently during calls on 4 and 5 November. Human rights in Sri Lanka has been, and will continue to be, a longstanding priority for the UK.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government is working with other states on (a) a new Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka that ensures continued monitoring by the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights and (b) a mechanism to gather and preserve evidence of human rights violations in Sri Lanka at the forthcoming HRC in March 2021, in response to the Government of Sri Lanka's rejection of the existing consensus process on transitional justice, truth, and reconciliation under resolutions 30/1, 34/1 and 40/1.

The UK firmly believes that the UN Human Rights Council resolution 30/1, and its successor resolutions 34/1 and 40/1, remain the best framework for establishing truth and achieving justice and lasting reconciliation following the conflict in Sri Lanka. We continue to encourage and support Sri Lanka to deliver on the commitments it made to the UNHRC through the resolutions. We believe that the preservation of progress to date, including the gathering of evidence, is important for future reconciliation and accountability. The Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth and Minister responsible for Human Rights, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, has raised human rights concerns on several occasions with the Sri Lankan High Commissioner and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, most recently on 4 and 5 November respectively. At the March 2021 session of the UNHRC we will continue to work with our international partners to take forward this longstanding priority for the UK.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the expiry of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 40/1 in March 2021, what steps the Government, in its role as leader of the Core Group on Sri Lanka, plans to take at the forthcoming UN Human Rights Council session in March 2021 to renew the international focus on impunity for human rights violations and attacks on the rule of law in Sri Lanka.

The UK has long supported efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, including in our role as penholder on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). We firmly believe that UNHRC resolution 30/1, and its successor resolutions 34/1 and 40/1, remain the best framework for establishing truth and achieving justice and lasting reconciliation following the conflict in Sri Lanka. We continue to encourage and support Sri Lanka to deliver on the commitments it made to the UNHRC through these resolutions.

We are concerned about the Government of Sri Lanka's decision to withdraw support for the UN resolution, and have made this clear in statements delivered on behalf of the Core Group on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in February, June and September. These statements reiterated our ongoing commitment to justice and accountability for victims of conflict and human rights violations, and to lasting reconciliation. The Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth and Minister responsible for Human Rights, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, has raised these concerns on several occasions with the Sri Lankan High Commissioner and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, most recently during calls on 4 and 5 November respectively. The Foreign Secretary also underlined the importance of accountability and reconciliation when he spoke to Foreign Minister Gunawardena in May.

Ahead of the March 2021 session of the UNHRC, we will continue to engage with the Government of Sri Lanka to underline the importance we attach to this issue. We will also continue to work with our international partners and with the HRC on how best to take forward this longstanding priority for the UK.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
23rd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which of the 16 people from Burma who appear on the UK Government’s sanctions list have had their assets frozen by the UK Government.

Across two financial sanctions regimes, the UK has targeted sanctions in place on 16 individuals from Myanmar for their role in atrocities against Rohingya and other minorities. These sanctions place obligations on those who hold or control assets to freeze the assets in place. Funds and economic resources must be frozen immediately by the person in possession or control of them. An asset freeze does not involve a change in ownership of frozen funds or economic resources, nor are they confiscated by the UK Government.

The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI), part of HM Treasury, publishes details of frozen assets reported to it in its Annual Review. However this figure is provided on an aggregate basis so as not to disclose the value of funds held by particular individuals, in compliance with data protection law.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
16th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of (a) the UK negotiating with China a similar agreement to the in-principle agreement that the EU has reached with that country whereby British diplomats act as observers in Xinjiang province and (b) British diplomats being included in the EU delegation to that province.

It would not be appropriate to comment on third party agreements. British diplomats have visited Xinjiang on multiple occasions, most recently in November 2019. The UK has also repeatedly called on China to allow UN experts unfettered access to Xinjiang, including at the most recent session of the UN Human Rights Council in June where we delivered a statement on Xinjiang on behalf of 28 countries.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
16th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking with his Pakistani counterpart to ensure that police officers in Pakistan are trained to work (a) effectively and (b) sensitively with the parents of abducted girls from a religious minority.

The UK Government strongly condemns the forced marriage and forced conversion of women and girls from religious minorities in Pakistan. We are working with the Government of Pakistan to strengthen and improve Pakistan's police and judicial systems. The UK's Strengthening Rule of Law in Pakistan programme aims to increase public confidence and trust in the Rule of Law. It focuses on delivering outputs that improve the justice system for victims, witnesses and offenders, including vulnerable women and girls.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
16th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Pakistani counterpart on ensuring that criminal cases are registered against individuals who (a) kidnap, (b) forcibly convert and (c) forcibly marry girls from religious minorities.

The UK Government strongly condemns the forced marriage and forced conversion of women and girls from religious minorities in Pakistan. We regularly raise our concerns about Freedom of Religion or Belief, women and girls' rights and gender equality with the Government of Pakistan at a senior level. Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon last raised our human rights concerns with Pakistan's Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari, on 27 August. On 8 September, Lord Ahmad discussed our concerns regarding Freedom of Religion or Belief with the Governor of Punjab.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department's policy is that abduction, forced conversions and forced marriages of religious minorities girls in Pakistan constitutes sexual slavery; and what representations he has made to his counterpart in Pakistan on preventing such practices.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office recognises forced marriages and sexual exploitation as an element of modern slavery. The UK Government is committed to the eradication of all forms of modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking (SDG 8.7) by 2030, as unanimously adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in 2015.

The UK Government strongly condemns the forced marriage and forced conversion of women and girls from religious minorities in Pakistan. We regularly raise our concerns about Freedom of Religion or Belief, women and girls' rights and gender equality with the Government of Pakistan at a senior level. Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon last raised our human rights concerns with Pakistan's Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari, on 27 August. On 8 September, Lord Ahmad discussed our concerns regarding Freedom of Religion or Belief with the Governor of Punjab.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the creation of the National Commission for Minorities in Pakistan has been set up in accordance with the Paris Principles; and what representations he has made to the Government of Pakistan on the need for those internationally recognised standards to be met.

We welcome the establishment of the National Commission for Minorities. Most recently, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon raised our concerns about human rights, including Freedom of Religion or Belief and the National Commission for Minorities, with Pakistan's Human Rights Minister, Dr Shireen Mazari, in a call on 15 July and letter on 27 August. Our High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr Christian Turner CMG, discussed the National Commission for Minorities with Dr Mazari in a meeting on 8 June. We have highlighted to the Government of Pakistan the importance of ensuring the new Commission is established in line with the UN Paris Principles as it begins its important work, specifically focusing on its independence, funding and membership.

In addition, we have consulted civil society organisations working on human rights and religious communities in Pakistan regarding Freedom of Religion or Belief and the National Commission for Minorities, and are also in close discussion with international partners. On 11 August, the British High Commission in Islamabad hosted a virtual roundtable with civil society members and religious community representatives on Freedom of Religion or Belief to mark National Minorities Day in Pakistan.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to (a) his counterparts in the EU and (b) the USA to urge the Government of Pakistan to comply with the international standards, outlined by the Paris Principles, in setting up an effective National Commission for Minorities.

We welcome the establishment of the National Commission for Minorities. Most recently, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon raised our concerns about human rights, including Freedom of Religion or Belief and the National Commission for Minorities, with Pakistan's Human Rights Minister, Dr Shireen Mazari, in a call on 15 July and letter on 27 August. Our High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr Christian Turner CMG, discussed the National Commission for Minorities with Dr Mazari in a meeting on 8 June. We have highlighted to the Government of Pakistan the importance of ensuring the new Commission is established in line with the UN Paris Principles as it begins its important work, specifically focusing on its independence, funding and membership.

In addition, we have consulted civil society organisations working on human rights and religious communities in Pakistan regarding Freedom of Religion or Belief and the National Commission for Minorities, and are also in close discussion with international partners. On 11 August, the British High Commission in Islamabad hosted a virtual roundtable with civil society members and religious community representatives on Freedom of Religion or Belief to mark National Minorities Day in Pakistan.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) civil society or (b) human rights organisations working in Pakistan to seek their views about the effectiveness of the National Commission for Minorities.

We welcome the establishment of the National Commission for Minorities. Most recently, Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, raised our concerns about human rights, including Freedom of Religion or Belief and the National Commission for Minorities, with Pakistan's Human Rights Minister, Dr Shireen Mazari, in a call on 15 July and letter on 27 August. Our High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr Christian Turner CMG, discussed the National Commission for Minorities with Dr Mazari in a meeting on 8 June. We have highlighted to the Government of Pakistan the importance of ensuring the new Commission is established in line with the UN Paris Principles as it begins its important work, specifically focusing on its independence, funding and membership.

In addition, we have consulted civil society organisations working on human rights and religious communities in Pakistan regarding Freedom of Religion or Belief and the National Commission for Minorities, and are also in close discussion with international partners. On 11 August, the British High Commission in Islamabad hosted a virtual roundtable with civil society members and religious community representatives on Freedom of Religion or Belief to mark National Minorities Day in Pakistan.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Pakistani counterpart on (a) the relationship between future UK aid contributions to Pakistan and (b) the need for the Government of Pakistan to adhere to the internationally recognised standards outlined by the Paris Principles when setting up a National Commission for Minorities.

Our aid relationship with any government is based on an assessment of commitment to our Partnership Principles, including human rights. We will continue to raise human rights as a concern in our dialogue with the Government of Pakistan, including at our annual Bilateral Assistance Talks.

We welcome the establishment of the National Commission for Minorities. Most recently, Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon raised our concerns about human rights, including our concerns regarding Freedom of Religion or Belief and the National Commission for Minorities, with Pakistan's Human Rights Minister, Dr Shireen Mazari, in a call on 15 July and letter on 27 August. Our High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr Christian Turner CMG, discussed the National Commission for Minorities with Dr Mazari in a meeting on 8 June. We have highlighted to the Government of Pakistan the importance of ensuring the new Commission is established in line with the UN Paris Principles as it begins its important work, specifically focusing on its independence, funding and membership.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
11th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to prioritise hygiene and hand-washing in schools in his Department's development programmes and projects.

The UK is playing a leading role supporting hygiene and hand-washing with soap in schools in at least 37 developing countries.

We are working closely with civil society, business and research organisations to provide guidance and advice, use communication channels to promote hygiene, support the establishment of hand-washing facilities, and provide essential hygiene supplies including soap and sanitiser.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to build support to help Taiwan gain observer status on the World Health Organisation in advance of the November 2020 meeting of the World Health Assembly.

The UK continues to support Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organisations where statehood is not a prerequisite and where Taiwan can make a valuable contribution. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office supports the Department for Health in lobbying for Taiwan's participation in World Health Organisation (WHO) meetings. The UK is working with likeminded countries to lobby the WHO at official level to issue an invitation to Taiwan to observe the World Health Assembly in November and allow Taiwan to participate in relevant WHO technical meetings. Lessons learnt from Taiwan's effective tackling of the Covid-19 pandemic adds significant value to the international fight against the virus.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the number of Chinese Communist Party officials holding senior positions in United Nations agencies and other international organisations; and whether his Department has made an assessment of potential trends in the number of Chinese Communist Party officials holding senior positions in those agencies and international organisation in the next five years.

We will continue to monitor trends of representation in the UN and wider international system.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
4th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made representations to (a) his counterpart in Iran and (b) the Iranian embassy on (i) allegations that (A) a number of Afghan refugees were killed in a recent car fire started by Iranian officers shooting at the vehicle and (B) others were drowned after being forced into a river at gunpoint and (ii) other reports of mistreatment of Afghan refugees by the Iranian authorities.

The UK is concerned by the troubling, reported incidents involving Afghan refugees in May and June. Our Embassies in Tehran and Kabul have discussed our concerns regarding Afghan migrants in in Iran with their respective host governments, and we continue to monitor the situation on the Afghanistan-Iran border closely.

We welcome the joint statement issued on 22 June by the Foreign Ministers of the Governments of Iran and Afghanistan that called for both sides to take measures to prevent future incidents and enhance border security and management. We are in frequent contact with Iranian officials on issues involving Afghanistan, and raise the importance of supporting vulnerable refugee communities. We also raise this issue with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. At the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council on 26 June, the UK welcomed the renewal of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
4th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations at the next UN Security Council meeting on (a) allegations that (i) a number of Afghan refugees were killed in a recent car fire started by Iranian officers shooting at the vehicle and (ii) others were drowned after being forced into a river at gunpoint and (b) other reports of mistreatment of those refugees by the Iranian authorities.

The UK is concerned by the troubling, reported incidents involving Afghan refugees in May and June. Our Embassies in Tehran and Kabul have discussed our concerns regarding Afghan migrants in in Iran with their respective host governments, and we continue to monitor the situation on the Afghanistan-Iran border closely.

We welcome the joint statement issued on 22 June by the Foreign Ministers of the Governments of Iran and Afghanistan that called for both sides to take measures to prevent future incidents and enhance border security and management. We are in frequent contact with Iranian officials on issues involving Afghanistan, and raise the importance of supporting vulnerable refugee communities. We also raise this issue with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. At the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council on 26 June, the UK welcomed the renewal of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
3rd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much funding has been allocated to China through the UK Prosperity Fund.

All information on FCO ODA spending is available at GOV.UK link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/official-development-assistance-oda-fco-prosperity-fund-spend

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
3rd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he plans to have with the Chief Executive of Hong Kong on the powers bestowed on her under the new National Security legislation to appoint judges to hear national security cases.

As the Foreign Secretary said in Parliament on 1 July, the enactment by China of the national security law for Hong Kong is a grave and deeply disturbing step. The law's imposition on the people of Hong Kong constitutes a clear and serious breach of the Joint Declaration. We are particularly concerned by the provision for Hong Kong's Chief Executive, rather than the Chief Justice, to appoint judges to hear national security cases.

On 1 July, the Permanent Under Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office summoned the Chinese Ambassador to make clear the UK's deep concern at China's actions. Our Consul General in Hong Kong has also raised our concerns about the legislation with members of the Executive Council Hong Kong. The Foreign Secretary spoke to Chinese State Councillor and Minister for Foreign affairs, Wang Yi on 8 June. We will continue to raise our concerns with both the Governments of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Sri Lankan counterpart on the composition of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s appointment of a new presidential task force which has the stated aim of building a secure country, disciplined, virtuous and lawful society.

We are monitoring political and human rights developments in Sri Lanka very closely and have active discussions with the government on a range of issues, including the link between democratic values and international standing. The UK is a member of the Core Group on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and has long supported Sri Lanka's commitments under UNHRC resolutions 30/1, 34/1 and 40/1 on accountability and reconciliation. The UK will lead the core group again at the upcoming Human Rights Session in June.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
19th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he is making to the Chinese government about the imprisonment of human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng following a secret trial.

We are deeply concerned by reports of lawyer Yu Wensheng's sentencing to four years in prison. Yu's detention, secret trial, and lack of access to a lawyer of his choosing, raise serious concerns over the rule of law, due process, and judicial transparency in China. We have raised Yu's case directly with Chinese officials, and issued multiple statements of concern about his sentence. The Foreign Secretary raised human rights concerns with his Chinese counterpart, State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on both 9 March and 8 June.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
18th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State, what steps the Government plans to take with international partners at the Human Rights Council to deliver international accountability in relation to alleged war crimes committed during the Sri Lankan civil war, with reference to the Sri Lankan Government’s recent repudiation of its commitments under Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 and the termination of that process in March 2021.

The UK Government regularly engages with international partners on the importance of truth, accountability and justice for all victims of the civil war in Sri Lanka. At the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, the UK works closely with the Core Group on Sri Lanka, and made clear our continued support for justice for victims of conflict in a joint statement delivered at the UNHRC in February. While in Geneva in February, the Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, met the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to underline this message, and the Foreign Secretary raised the importance of accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka during a call with Foreign Minister Gunawardena in May. On 20 May, in a call with the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, Lord Ahmad, who is also the Minister of State responsible for Human Rights, welcomed her recent engagement on Sri Lanka.

The British High Commission in Colombo continues to engage with international partners on this important issue. The UK has long supported Sri Lanka's accountability commitments made to the UNHRC through resolutions 30/1, 34/1 and 40/1 as the best way to establish truth regarding alleged crimes committed by all sides during the Sri Lankan civil war, as well as to achieve accountability and reconciliation.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
18th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Prime Minister, as Chair in Office of the Commonwealth, has had with the Commonwealth Secretariat on the need for a Commonwealth good offices initiative to Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister, as Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, has not held discussions with the Commonwealth Secretariat on a Commonwealth good offices initiative to Sri Lanka, but we are monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka closely. Respect for human rights, democracy and good governance are fundamental tenets of the Commonwealth Charter, and we encourage all member states to uphold those shared commitments.

The UK is also a member of the Core Group on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and has long supported Sri Lanka's commitments under UNHRC resolutions 30/1, 34/1 and 40/1 on accountability, justice and reconciliation following the Sri Lankan civil war.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
12th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has plans to adopt the EU arms embargo on Myanmar after the transition period.

Independent sources, including the UN Fact Finding Mission, have been clear that the Myanmar military is responsible for human rights violations across the country.

The UK is a longstanding supporter of an arms embargo on Myanmar as well as targeted individual sanctions on those responsible for atrocities.

The EU Arms Embargo and 14 individual designations continue to apply in the UK for the duration of the transition period. We are looking to transfer existing EU Myanmar sanctions into UK law through the Sanctions Act in preparation for exiting the EU.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
12th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to ensure that the EU sanctions against 14 members of Myanmar's military which apply in the UK throughout the transition period will be replicated by the UK after the transition period ends.

Independent sources, including the UN Fact Finding Mission, have been clear that the Myanmar military is responsible for human rights violations across the country.

The UK is a longstanding supporter of an arms embargo on Myanmar as well as targeted individual sanctions on those responsible for atrocities.

The EU Arms Embargo and 14 individual designations continue to apply in the UK for the duration of the transition period. We are looking to transfer existing EU Myanmar sanctions into UK law through the Sanctions Act in preparation for exiting the EU.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) sanctions have been applied to and (b) assets frozen of those 14 members of the Burmese military responsible for human rights violations.

Fourteen members of Myanmar's military are listed under targeted EU sanctions. These sanctions which continue to apply in the UK for the duration of the Transition period, freeze all assets that these individuals may have in the EU, restrict trade and ban travel to the EU. The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) undertakes an annual review of frozen assets in the UK, requiring all persons or institutions that hold or control frozen assets in the UK to report to OFSI. Her Majesty's Government and OSFI do not disclose the value of frozen assets of individual listed persons. These targeted sanctions play an important role in underlining the UK's commitment to human rights, challenging impunity and deterring future violations and abuses. Myanmar is also subject to an EU Arms Embargo.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Bangladeshi counterpart on journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol who was arrested in that country after being found on the border with India having previously disappeared for 53 days.

We continue to be concerned by government action against freedom of expression and Bangladesh remains a Human Rights Priority Country for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. We regularly engage with the Government of Bangladesh to address the full range of our human rights concerns, including freedom of expression. The Minister for South Asia stressed the importance of freedom of expression during a telephone call with Bangladesh's State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shahriar Alam, on 18 May 2020. We have also made public statements urging the government to engage constructively with civil society and the media to ensure that legislation such as the Digital Security Act is implemented in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the Constitution of Bangladesh. Our High Commissioner in Dhaka, alongside other local Ambassadors and High Commissioners, highlighted the global importance of access to information and freedom of expression in a tweet on 7 May 2020.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the (a) government of Myanmar and (b) International Court of Justice requesting the publication of the first report of the Myanmar Government to the International Court of Justice on preventing further acts of genocide against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority in that country.

We continue to watch the Gambia's case against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) closely. We understand that the report will only be provided to the Court and the parties at this stage rather than being made public. We have not yet made any formal representations, but we are clear that it is in the interests of transparency that Myanmar publishes its response to the ICJ. The Government of Myanmar should also set out a clear plan on how they will work to resolve the deep rooted issues in Rakhine State.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
6th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to re-open the portal for UK travellers stranded in India wanting to register an interest in accessing UK Government special charter flights to return to the UK.

As of 10pm 12 May, more than 14,000 people have been repatriated from India on 60 flights. Between 12 and 15 May, an additional four flights are due to depart from Amritsar and one from Ahmedabad, servicing those locations with the highest numbers of British nationals remaining in the country. Seats on these flights are being allocated to British people who are on waiting lists. We are reserving as many seats as possible on the flights for vulnerable British nationals. Each registration portal has been open for a minimum of 5 days and widely promoted, allowing sufficient time for British nationals wishing to leave India as soon as possible to register their interest in a flight. After this phase of flights, we anticipate that the vast majority of British nationals remaining on the waiting list who can, and want to fly, will have returned to the UK. We are monitoring where there are British nationals still needing to return to the UK, and will reassess if there is need for further flights based on demand. Consular assistance is available for British nationals who remain in India and require support.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
6th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the number of UK travellers awaiting repatriation to the UK from (a) India, (b) Pakistan and (c) Bangladesh as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

Helping British travellers who need and want to return to the UK is one of the Government's highest priorities. Since the outbreak in Wuhan, we estimate that over 1.3 million people have returned to the UK via commercial routes - the majority supported by our work to keep vital routes open. Additionally we have brought home over 31,700 people on 151 flights organised by the Foreign Office from 27 countries and territories.

India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are priorities for the UK Government and we have been working closely with both airlines and the governments of each of those countries to ensure British travellers can return home. We have worked with international allies to lobby authorities to keep commercial air routes open and work together to return travellers globally. In addition, as of 14 May we have arranged 62 charter flights from India and 21 from Pakistan which have repatriated more than 18,000 British travellers. 1,600 British travellers have been repatriated from Bangladesh. Our High Commissions are providing consular assistance to those who need it, including the most vulnerable, and are continuing to provide regular updates on social media. We encourage British travellers to subscribe to our travel service update. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
6th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to repatriate UK travellers stranded in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Thailand and (c) Vietnam as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

We estimate that the numbers of UK travellers in Afghanistan is very low. We advise UK travellers wishing to return to the UK from Afghanistan to keep checking our travel advice, local media, and to contact local travel agents and airlines for the most up to date information on the resumption of regular flight operations. On Saturday 16 May, Qatar Airways will operate a one-off commercial flight from Kabul to Doha. We are still working through future plans, identifying where needs are greatest, and where charter flights will have the greatest impact on vulnerable British nationals overseas. We will continue to provide consular support to British nationals who remain in Afghanistan and require assistance.

Commercial flights are still available to return to the UK from Thailand, with seats regularly available on flights from Bangkok to London. The Minister for Asia called the Thai Vice Foreign Minister on 24 April to press on UK priorities, including enabling British nationals to return to the UK.

There also remain commercial options to return to the UK from Vietnam. We strongly advise British travellers in Vietnam to return by commercial means. We continue to work closely with airlines and foreign governments to ensure as many British travellers as possible can return on commercial flights.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
5th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to ensure that the Government of Bangladesh works with the international community to offer safe haven to the Rohingya refugees stranded at sea in the Bay of Bengal.

We are monitoring the extremely concerning reports of hundreds of Rohingya still at sea in the Bay of Bengal. We continue to engage with the Government of Bangladesh, other countries in the region, UN agencies and the international community to support the safety and well-being of all Rohingya refugees. The UK supports the UN's call for a regional effort to ensure the safety of these vulnerable refugees.

The Minister of State for South Asia, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, raised the issue of Rohingya refugees stranded at sea with the Bangladesh Foreign Minister on 27 April, and also with the Bangladesh High Commissioner in London. In addition, the British High Commission in Dhaka have raised this issue with the Government of Bangladesh. Officials from the British Embassy in Bangkok have discussed with the Thai Government the importance of the provision of humanitarian assistance to Rohingyas aboard vessels that enter Thai waters, including in the last week. Our High Commission in Kuala Lumpur continues to raise our concerns about the situation of the Rohingya community with the Malaysian Government. We continue to urge the Governments of Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and other Governments in the region to assist boats carrying Rohingya refugees to land. The UK is committed to protecting the Rohingya community, some of the world's most vulnerable people.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Indonesian counterpart on (a) protecting the human rights of the trans community in that country and (b) the murder of the trans woman, known as Mira, in Jakarta.

We closely monitor events in Indonesia that involve the LGBT community through our Embassy in Jakarta, including the death of an Indonesia national called Mira. We understand suspects have been arrested and that the investigation is ongoing. The UK continues to advocate for minority rights, including lobbying to ensure that any changes to the Indonesian penal code do not discriminate against minority groups. The UK also held a workshop in December 2019 which supported media reporting on LGBT rights.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to re-convene the China-UK Joint Trade and Economic Commission and the Economic and Financial Dialogue following their suspension as a result of the Chinese Government introducing the Hong Kong National Security Law.

China is an important trading partner for the UK and there is considerable scope for mutually beneficial trade and investment, while ensuring our national security and values are protected.

We have always been clear that our trade relationship does not come at the expense of human rights, and where we have concerns, we will continue to speak out and take action. The UK has taken firm action following restrictions on the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong and has introduced a bespoke immigration route for British Nationals (Overseas) and their families.

There is no date for the next Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) or the Joint Trade and Economic Commission (JETCO).
John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the sanctions placed on Myanmar Economics Holdings Ltd on 25 March 2021 include (a) financial services and (b) insurance.

Yes. Myanmar Economics Holdings Ltd was designated under the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations on 25 March 2021. The Regulations impose financial sanctions through a targeted asset freeze on designated persons. This involves the freezing of funds and economic resources (non-monetary assets, such as property or vehicles) of designated persons and ensuring that funds and economic resources are not made available to or for the benefit of designated persons, either directly or indirectly. The asset freeze prohibits the payment of insurance premiums in the absence of a licence from the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI).

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of changing the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme to help industries such as the steel industry that are experiencing a shortage of skilled workers to reduce the hours of their employees in preference to furlough.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is designed to help those who otherwise would have been made unemployed and provide support to businesses as quickly as possible. Allowing employers to move staff to part-time and claim the difference would have involved delay and substantially increased the risk of fraud. It is also inconsistent with public health guidance for people to stay at home. However, there is flexibility in the scheme as employers can decide how many staff to furlough, and staff can be furloughed multiple times while the scheme is in operation, provided they are furloughed for a minimum of 3 weeks.

24th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits to industries such as the steel industry which are experiencing shortages of skilled workers of amending the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme to enable employers to furlough employees for shorter periods of time.

To be eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, firms must have created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on or before 19 March 2020, enrolled for PAYE online and have a UK bank account. Once on furlough, employees cannot work for their employer but they can undertake training or volunteer subject to public health guidance, so long as they are not making money for their employer or any organisation linked or associated with their association, or providing services to their employer or any organisation linked or associated with their association.

The arrangement between workers and their employers remains subject to negotiation. To be eligible for the scheme, each employee must be furloughed for a minimum of three weeks at a time. This is consistent with public health guidance seeking to minimise the number of people outside their homes on a regular basis. There is no restriction on the number of times an individual could be furloughed or the maximum period, other than the life of the scheme.

Employers may also be able to benefit from other schemes and measures such as the VAT deferral and the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme. Further details can be found online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19

20th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to workers who will be put on short-time working arrangements.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is not designed to subsidise part-time work but to support individuals who would otherwise have been made redundant. The minimum amount of time an employee can be furloughed for is three weeks, but the employer can decide on how many employees to furlough and can furlough them multiple times while the scheme is in operation.

20th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether (a) vulnerable people and (b) the elderly who have been recommended to self-isolate for 12 weeks will be eligible for support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

In March, the Government announced the unprecedented Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to help firms keep millions of people in employment. The scheme is open to any individual who was on an employer’s PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020 and for whom HMRC received an RTI submission notifying payment in respect of that employee on or before the 19 March 2020. Full guidance for employers and employees can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme and www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme.

20th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) removing or (b) lowering the credit rating eligibility threshold for the Covid Corporate Financing Facility to enable larger corporates without the requisite credit rating to gain access to that scheme.

The facility is open to firms that can demonstrate they were in sound financial health prior to the shock, allowing the Government to look through temporary impacts on firms’ balance sheets and cash flows from the shock itself. If a firm believes it is the equivalent of investment grade, there are now two ways in which a firm can demonstrate this in order to be eligible for the CCFF:

• The company should speak to their bank, and if their bank’s advice is that the firm was viewed internally as investment grade as of 1st March, they should contact the Bank of England (CCFFeligibleissuers@bankofengland.co.uk). The BoE will then draw on a range of information, including banks’ internal ratings of a firm, to check whether the firm is equivalent to investment grade.

• The company or their bank can speak to the major credit ratings agencies to secure an assessment of credit quality in a form that can be shared with the BoE and HMT. Credit ratings agencies have been primed to process these assessments much more quickly than they normally take.

The CCFF is just one of a number of schemes; and the government has also launched the CBILS and CLBILs schemes, as well as making VAT deferral available, and protecting commercial leaseholders against automatic forfeiture for non-payment. Together the CBILS, CLBILS and CCFF ensure almost all viable UK businesses can apply for a government backed loan.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
24th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce an immediate six-month moratorium on commercial lenders enforcing loan repayments during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has announced an unprecedented support package to help businesses through this challenging time.

For larger businesses, this includes the new Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF), which will provide additional help for firms facing cash flow disruption, and the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme launched on Monday 20 April. For small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) launched on 23 March which will help give lenders greater confidence to continue providing SMEs with finance through this uncertainty.

The Government welcomes the commitments made by the banking industry to support their customers’ finance needs, and will continue to work with the regulators and the industry to ensure the steps we have taken are effective in helping businesses through this period of uncertainty.

Any customer who is concerned about their current financial situation should get in touch with their lender at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss the best option for them.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
5th Feb 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal plans he has to support the pubs and breweries industry.

All taxes are kept under review and the impact of a change to beer duty is considered at each fiscal event, including its effect on pubs, breweries and the wider economy.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum from Chinese nationals of the Uyghur minority have been rejected by her Department since 1 January 2017; and how many of those applicants her Department deported as a result of their asylum application being so rejected.

The Home Office are unable to state how many applications for asylum from Chinese nationals of the Uyghur minority were received, granted or rejected since 1 January 2017, or how many Uyghur minority people are resident in the UK having been granted asylum as this as the data is only held on paper case files or within the notes sections of the Home Office's databases. Therefore, the information requested is not held in a reportable format.

However, the Home Office publishes information on asylum applications and resettlement in the Immigration statistics quarterly release. Data on asylum applicants being refused any form of leave and then subsequently being returned to either their home country or a safe third country are published in table Asy_D04 of the asylum and resettlement detailed datasets; available breakdowns include year of application and nationality.

The latest data relates to 2020 and can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/asylum-and-resettlement-datasets

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum from Chinese nationals of the Uyghur minority were (a) received and (b) granted by her Department in (i) 2017, (ii) 2018, (iii) 2019 and (iv) 2020; and how many Uyghur minority people are resident in the UK having been granted asylum by the UK.

The Home Office are unable to state how many applications for asylum from Chinese nationals of the Uyghur minority were received, granted or rejected since 1 January 2017, or how many Uyghur minority people are resident in the UK having been granted asylum as this as the data is only held on paper case files or within the notes sections of the Home Office's databases. Therefore, the information requested is not held in a reportable format.

However, the Home Office publishes information on asylum applications and resettlement in the Immigration statistics quarterly release. Data on asylum applicants being refused any form of leave and then subsequently being returned to either their home country or a safe third country are published in table Asy_D04 of the asylum and resettlement detailed datasets; available breakdowns include year of application and nationality.

The latest data relates to 2020 and can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/asylum-and-resettlement-datasets

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many extradition requests have been (a) made from Hong Kong and (b) agreed to on the extradition a Uyghur person from the UK since January 2017.

We can confirm that there have been no extraditions from the UK to Hong Kong since January 2017.

As a matter of long-standing policy and practice, we do not disclose whether an extradition request has been made or received until such time as a person is arrested in relation to the request. Therefore, we cannot provide the number of extradition requests made by Hong Kong to the UK since January 2017.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many extradition requests have been (a) made by Hong Kong to the UK and (b) agreed by the UK government since January 2017.

We can confirm that there have been no extraditions from the UK to Hong Kong since January 2017.

As a matter of long-standing policy and practice, we do not disclose whether an extradition request has been made or received until such time as a person is arrested in relation to the request. Therefore, we cannot provide the number of extradition requests made by Hong Kong to the UK since January 2017.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many instances of harassment by the Chinese authorities towards Uyghur individuals resident in the UK have been reported to the police since January 2017.

The Home Office does not hold these statistics, but is aware of reports of members of the Uyghur diaspora - including in the UK - being harassed by the Chinese authorities in an effort to intimidate them into silence, force them to return to China, or co-opt them into providing information on other Uyghurs. HMG takes a zero-tolerance approach to harassment of individuals based on ethnicity. We will continue to work closely with our international allies to protect Uyghurs and other minorities resident in the UK, and we urge anyone affected in the UK to contact the police.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her timeframe is for opening the Afghan citizens' resettlement scheme; and whether Uyghurs living in Afghanistan will qualify as a vulnerable ethnic minority group under that scheme.

Through the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS), the UK will relocate up to 20,000 people at risk. It will prioritise those who have stood up for values such as democracy and women’s rights in Afghanistan, as well as vulnerable people including ethnic and religious minorities such as Uyghurs.

The first to be resettled through this scheme will be those who arrived in the UK under the evacuation programme, which included individuals who were considered to be at particular risk – including women’s rights activists, prosecutors and journalists.

We are working urgently to stand up the remaining elements of the scheme, amid the complex and changing picture. We are working closely across government and with NGOs, charities, local authorities and civil society groups to ensure support is provided to people who are resettled through this route.

Further information on the eligibility, prioritisation and referral of people for the ACRS is set out in the policy statement published on gov.uk on 13 September, available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/afghanistan-resettlement-and-immigration-policy-statement.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
6th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the Afghan interpreters who arrived in 2015 and 2016 and then submitted applications for reunion with close family from 2019 onwards have family members still stuck in Afghanistan who have been granted reunion; and how many of those family members there are in total.

Home Office Migration Statistics do not capture the number Afghan interpreters whose families went on to submit applications under Family Reunion, or how many family members of interpreters remain in Afghanistan.

To capture numbers would require a manual trawl of data and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
13th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of whether the Tatmadaw should be declared a terrorist organisation.

The Government does not comment on intelligence matters, including whether an organisation is or is not under consideration for proscription.

The Government keeps the list of proscribed organisations under review.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Centre in protecting vulnerable children and apprehending offenders; and what representations she has received on her Department’s ongoing support for that centre.

The Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center (PICACC) is a model for an enhanced global response against online sexual exploitation of children, and an example of cooperation among local and international law enforcement partners including the National Crime Agency. The Centre has provided international law enforcement agencies with the information needed to build cases against both local traffickers and foreign perpetrators.

Since its formation in February 2019 the PICACC ran 61 operations; rescued 202 victims and children-at-risk of sexual abuse and exploitation; arrested 55 suspected CSAE local traffickers; and convicted 4 traffickers

The PICACC has enabled member agencies to better understand the legal framework from numerous jurisdictions all around the world, allowing them to strengthen their ability to combat both the demand and supply side of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Protecting those at risk from abuse and exploitation is a priority for this Government, and the Government continues to develop our understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on child sexual abuse, gathering input from law enforcement, safeguarding leads, charities, international partners and other colleagues. We are acutely aware that for some children and young people, the Coronavirus pandemic may have brought with it additional risks and dangers, as well as reducing contact with professionals and trusted adults. This Government is committed to doing everything we can to support and protect those at risk of harm both at home and abroad.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of conducting an inquiry into the potential reported increase in cases of online sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines during the covid-19 pandemic.

The Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center (PICACC) is a model for an enhanced global response against online sexual exploitation of children, and an example of cooperation among local and international law enforcement partners including the National Crime Agency. The Centre has provided international law enforcement agencies with the information needed to build cases against both local traffickers and foreign perpetrators.

Since its formation in February 2019 the PICACC ran 61 operations; rescued 202 victims and children-at-risk of sexual abuse and exploitation; arrested 55 suspected CSAE local traffickers; and convicted 4 traffickers

The PICACC has enabled member agencies to better understand the legal framework from numerous jurisdictions all around the world, allowing them to strengthen their ability to combat both the demand and supply side of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Protecting those at risk from abuse and exploitation is a priority for this Government, and the Government continues to develop our understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on child sexual abuse, gathering input from law enforcement, safeguarding leads, charities, international partners and other colleagues. We are acutely aware that for some children and young people, the Coronavirus pandemic may have brought with it additional risks and dangers, as well as reducing contact with professionals and trusted adults. This Government is committed to doing everything we can to support and protect those at risk of harm both at home and abroad.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
3rd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish additional information on the bespoke immigration route being developed 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 without salary thresholds, after which they may apply for settled status and a year later citizenship. This is a special 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)
3rd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a salary threshold will be applied to the bespoke immigration route being developed 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 without salary thresholds, after which they may apply for settled status and a year later citizenship. This is a special 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)
3rd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the potential number of applicants for the bespoke immigration route being developed 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 without salary thresholds, after which they may apply for settled status and a year later citizenship. This is a special 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)
16th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the offer to extend the rights of BN(O) passport holders to work in the UK from six months to 12 months should China's national security law be imposed on Hong Kong, whether people wishing to apply for British citizenship will be allowed to remain in the UK for as long as it takes for them to qualify for citizenship rights, and for their applications to be processed.

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)
16th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the extension from six months to 12 months of the rights of BN(O) passport holders to work in the UK in the event that China imposes its national security law on Hong Kong will be conditional on having a sponsor and a job offer that meets a minimum-salary threshold.

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)
16th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under the terms of the Government's offer to extend the rights of BN(O) passport holders to work in the UK from six months to 12 months should China's national security law be imposed on Hong Kong, for how long will BN(O) passport holders need to be resident in the UK before they can apply for citizenship.

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)
16th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the extension from six months to 12 months of the rights of BN(O) passport holders to work in the UK in the event that China imposes its national security law on Hong Kong, if she will confirm whether people wishing to apply for British citizenship will not be deported back to Hong Kong when their 12 months comes to an end.

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)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the 400 domestic abuse suspects recently arrested by West Midlands Police were released to go back to live with the person they were arrested on suspicion of abusing.

This is an operational policing issue and the information is not held by the Home Office.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Overseas Security and Justice Assistance Human Rights Guidance, what assessment his Department has made of the human rights risks of reinstating the defence advisor post in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2019.

We regularly review and update our Overseas Security and Justice Assistance (OSJA) guidance to ensure that UK assistance and defence engagement is in line with our values and is consistent with our domestic and international human rights obligations.

OSJAs are sensitive documents and disclosure could prejudice the UK's relations with foreign states. If OSJA assessments were to be put in the public domain we would lose the freedom to be completely candid in the assessment, undermining its purpose. OSJA assessments may also draw on material not publicly available that has been provided to the UK "in confidence" and disclosure could affect provision of such information in the future.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to The Government's Overseas Security and Justice Assistance Human Rights Guidance, if he will publish the record of assessments made of human rights risks and military engagement in Sri Lanka.

We regularly review and update our Overseas Security and Justice Assistance (OSJA) guidance to ensure that UK assistance and defence engagement is in line with our values and is consistent with our domestic and international human rights obligations.

OSJAs are sensitive documents and disclosure could prejudice the UK's relations with foreign states. If OSJA assessments were to be put in the public domain we would lose the freedom to be completely candid in the assessment, undermining its purpose. OSJA assessments may also draw on material not publicly available that has been provided to the UK "in confidence" and disclosure could affect provision of such information in the future.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to prevent money administered through the British National (Overseas) support packages funding organisations operating in the UK supporting the Hong Kong National Security Law.

My department is fully aware of the potential sensitivities with regards to Hong Kong, and will undertake robust due diligence procedures before awarding funding to any organisation through the Hong Kong UK Welcome Programme. This includes assessing the appropriateness and suitability of potential grant recipients, and their ability to deliver the support required.

18th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps with the Welsh Government to ensure that the Shared Prosperity Fund allocates adequate funding to resource Business Wales to at least current levels from 1 April 2022 onwards.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund will help to level up and create opportunity across the UK in places most in need, such as ex-industrial areas, deprived towns and rural and coastal communities, and for people who face labour market barriers. We are working to ensure that there is a seamless transition from current EU structural funds to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The November 2020 Spending Review set out the main strategic elements of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in the Heads of Terms. We will ramp up funding so that total domestic UK-wide funding will at least match EU receipts reaching around £1.5 billion a year. In addition, the UK Government is providing additional funding in 2021/22 through the UK Community Renewal Fund to help local areas prepare for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the BN(O) visa scheme, which Minister is leading on the integration of British Nationals (Overseas) into local communities.

The UK has a strong historic relationship with the people of Hong Kong. This Government is proudly honouring its promise to uphold the freedoms of BN(O) status holders, allowing them to build a new life for them and their family here.

Departments across Government are working together closely to ensure that all necessary support and guidance is provided for all BN(O) status holders who take advantage of our generous offer and come and live, work and study in the UK. Further details will be set out in due course.

16th Nov 2020
When he plans to publish details of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

We will set out further details on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund following the Spending Review.

In the meantime, we will continue to work closely with interested parties whilst developing the fund.

We are working to ensure that there is a seamless transition from current EU structural funds to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, as EU Structural Fund investment phases out over the coming years.

30th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to open applications to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Now we have left?the European Union, we will create the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the domestic?successor to EU structural funds.?Through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the Government can cut out bureaucracy and create a fund which invests in UK priorities and is easier for local areas to access.?The Government?recognises the importance of this funding for?communities across the United Kingdom and we want to ensure there is a smooth transition as we replace EU structural funds with their domestic successor.?Final decisions on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund will be taken?after?the upcoming Spending Review.?Further details on the fund will be announced in due course.

30th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which bodies he plans to use to distribute funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The 2019 Conservative manifesto commits to creating the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, a programme of investment to bind together the whole of the United Kingdom, tackling inequality and deprivation in each of our four nations. Government officials have held engagement events with external stakeholders from a variety of sectors across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We are also working to ensure that there is a seamless transition from current EU structural funding arrangements to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, as EU Structural Fund investment tails off over the coming years. Final decisions about the delivery of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund will be taken after a cross-government Spending Review.

16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether it remains the Government's policy to undertake a public consultation on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The Government has committed to create the UK Shared Prosperity Fund as the successor to EU structural funds. The fund will bind together the whole of the United Kingdom, tackling inequality and deprivation in each of our four nations.

The Government recognises the importance of reassuring local areas on the future of local growth funding and of providing clarity on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Government officials have been working closely with interested parties and will continue to do so as we develop the fund. Officials have held 26 engagement events in total, including 25 across the UK and one in Gibraltar. These were attended by over five hundred representatives from a breadth of sectors and designed to aid the development of the fund.

We will publish a Devolution White Paper setting out our strategy to unleash the potential of our regions, which will include plans for spending and local growth funding.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
16th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will conduct a review of the case for recommending a pardon for Dic Penderyn.

There are no current plans to review this case.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)