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star this property date less than 2018-03-05more like thismore than 2018-03-05
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether political rights and democracy are planned to be a priority agenda item for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April 2018; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
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Chris Stephens more like this
star this property uin 130995 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-08more like thismore than 2018-03-08
star this property answer text We are engaging with the Commonwealth Secretariat and other member states to agree the agenda for the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. We anticipate a range of discussions during the week, which reflect the shared values of the Commonwealth, including on political rights and democracy as enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter. more like this
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire remove filter
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2018-03-08T14:51:20.617Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-08T14:51:20.617Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-10-24more like thismore than 2017-10-24
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to communicate with hon. Members and Members of the House of Lords plans for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Romford more like this
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Andrew Rosindell more like this
star this property uin 109465 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-30more like thismore than 2017-10-30
star this property answer text <p>​We recognise the extraordinary contribution Parliamentarians can make to the Commonwealth's rejuvenation, both by sharing their wealth of expertise and knowledge and by contributing to activities that celebrate the Commonwealth across the UK in the run up to and during the week of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.</p><p>Lord Ahmad, Minister for the Commonwealth, is in regular contact with parliamentarians from both Houses, engaging with the All Party Parliamentary Group, through Commonwealth Organisations such as the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK and by meeting many Parliamentarians individually to set out our plans. Lord Ahmad plans to write to Parliamentarians in both Houses shortly to outline further details regarding the summit.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire remove filter
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2017-10-30T16:23:17.053Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-30T16:23:17.053Z
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1201
star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-03-16more like thismore than 2018-03-16
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government’s priorities are for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in April 2018. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Northfield more like this
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Richard Burden more like this
star this property uin 133078 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-21more like thismore than 2018-03-21
star this property answer text <p>We want the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to agree tangible action across the four policy areas of prosperity, security, sustainability and fairness. These four areas have been agreed by all member states. With 60% of the Commonwealth's population under the age of 30, we believe it is particularly important that the summit speaks to the challenges faced by young people and addresses their ambitions. We also want the summit to celebrate the people to people and civil society ties that makes the Commonwealth such a unique and important institution.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire remove filter
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2018-03-21T16:52:54.063Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-21T16:52:54.063Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Richard Burden more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-03-14more like thismore than 2018-03-14
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including a statement on the right to freedom of religion or belief in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Joint Communiqué. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stafford more like this
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Jeremy Lefroy more like this
star this property uin 132480 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-21more like thismore than 2018-03-21
star this property answer text <p>We are currently working with fellow member states to negotiate the communiqué for next month's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. While it would be inappropriate to comment on those negotiations, the UK considers freedom of religion and belief to be one of the Commonwealth's core values.</p><p>Encouraging member states to uphold the values and principles enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter – which include freedom of religion as well as democracy, freedom of expression, the rule of law and opposition to all forms of discrimination – will be an important part of April's summit.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire remove filter
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2018-03-21T17:22:01.737Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-21T17:22:01.737Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jeremy Lefroy more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-03-20more like thismore than 2018-03-20
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the outputs published from the Commonwealth Parliamentarians’ Forum hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association from 26 February to 1 March 2018, whether he plans to take steps in response to those outputs; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Rochford and Southend East more like this
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James Duddridge more like this
star this property uin 133357 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-28more like thismore than 2018-03-28
star this property answer text <p>The Foreign Secretary was delighted to address delegates to the Commonwealth Parliamentarians' Forum during their recent visit to London. He has received copies of the forum outputs, including: the Declaration of the First Commonwealth Parliamentarians Forum; The Youth Delegate Declaration; and a letter from delegates calling for the creation of a Commonwealth Climate Change Council at April's Heads of Government Meeting.</p><p>Mitigating the effects of climate change, especially as it affects small island states, will be one of the main policy areas leaders will discuss at the summit. Issues affecting the Commonwealth's young population will also feature prominently during the summit, with one of the four official forums at the start of the week dedicated to Youth.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire remove filter
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2018-03-28T13:17:51.753Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-28T13:17:51.753Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for James Duddridge more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-10-31more like thismore than 2018-10-31
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the actions agreed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Rochford and Southend East more like this
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James Duddridge more like this
star this property uin 186274 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-09more like thismore than 2018-11-09
star this property answer text <p>Further to my answer to PQ 162458, the UK continues to work with the three pillars of the Commonwealth – the Commonwealth Secretariat, its member states, and its people to people networks – to deliver on commitments set out in the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) communique. For example;</p><ul><li><p>Member states have increased cooperation in international organisations. In Geneva, the UK hosted a meeting of Commonwealth Permanent Representatives to discuss multilateral issues in advance of the Human Rights Council. New Zealand has hosted a similar Commonwealth meeting to discuss issues relating to the World Trade Organisation. In New York, it has been agreed that Commonwealth members of the UN Security Council will regularly brief other Commonwealth countries in Security Council business.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p>The Prime Minister included a passage on the Commonwealth in her speech to the UN General Assembly. She spoke explicitly as Commonwealth Chair-in-Office on behalf of the Heads of Government of 53 Commonwealth countries – over a quarter of the UN membership – to reaffirm their shared shared commitment to work together within a rules based international system to address shared global challenges.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p>The UK and Ghana convened the inaugural meeting of the Commonwealth-led Digital Finance Champions Group in Accra on 26 September. The initiative will drive the use of secure and inclusive digital finance, especially for vulnerable and underbanked people.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p>The Commonwealth Standards Network launched in Geneva on 26 September. The network aims to boost trade between Commonwealth member states by increasing the use of existing international standards. The network will allow member states to share knowledge and enable the creation of vital links between our economies.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p>Following the lead of Commonwealth Heads of Government, 152 countries have now endorsed the joint statement calling on states to leave no girl behind, and provide opportunity for at least 12 years of quality education for all girls and boys.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p>Following its launch in Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, over 1,300 women entrepreneurs have registered with 'SheTrades Commonwealth'. The Programme aims to increase economic growth and job creation by enabling the increased participation of women-owned businesses in international trade.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p>Guyana has become the first country to partner with the UK funded Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme to develop a Maritime Economy Plan. The Programme aims to support the sustainable growth and development of 17 Commonwealth Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean and Pacific.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p>Twenty countries, over a third of the Commonwealth, have now signed up to the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance – the Blue Charter Action Group co-chaired by the UK and Vanuatu to tackle marine plastic pollution. During her visit to Africa in September, the Prime Minister announced that the UK would make up to an additional £5 million available to provide technical assistance to developing countries that join the initiative.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p>The Prime Minister also announced a Young Leaders Plastic Challenge Badge, working in partnership with UN Environment, Scouts and Girl Guides, to help an estimated 50,000 young people in Kenya and two further African countries to become leaders in raising awareness about the importance of reducing plastic consumption.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p>In support of the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration, the UK has partnered with the World Bank to deliver national cyber security capacity reviews in 11 member states. With support from Oxford University's Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre and Australia's Oceania Centre, we are now well placed to meet the commitment for every Commonwealth country to voluntarily undertake reviews by CHOGM 2020.</p></li></ul>
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire remove filter
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2018-11-09T13:04:45.573Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-09T13:04:45.573Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for James Duddridge more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-07-10more like thismore than 2018-07-10
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Communiqué entitled Towards a Common Future published on 20 April 2018. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Mid Sussex more like this
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Sir Nicholas Soames more like this
star this property uin 162458 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-07-16more like thismore than 2018-07-16
star this property answer text <p>As Chair-in-Office, the UK is working with Commonwealth partners to ensure the delivery of commitments set out in the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) communique and to build a Commonwealth which is fairer and more prosperous, sustainable, and secure.</p><p>The Commonwealth Secretariat and Commonwealth Member States have already made good progress in the two months following CHOGM. For example:</p><p>· The Commonwealth Secretariat convened, and the UK chaired, the first Senior Trade Officials Meeting to agree the framework for implementation of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda for Trade and Investment;</p><p>· Vanuatu, which co-Chairs the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance with the UK, became the first country in the world to enact a ban on the manufacture and sale of single use plastic bags, polystyrene takeaway boxes, and plastic drinking straws. Indian Prime Minister Modi has announced a ban of all single use plastics, which will come into effect in 2022;</p><p>· The UK and the International Trade Centre launched SheTrades Commonwealth in Kenya to enable the increased participation of women-owned businesses in international trade; and</p><p>· Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Life Opportunities, hosted Commonwealth High Commissioners to discuss ambitions and expertise in tackling plastic pollution, and provide more detail of the UK support available to them to help them reduce plastic pollution in our Oceans under the Commonwealth Blue Charter.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire remove filter
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2018-07-16T14:57:25.77Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-16T14:57:25.77Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Nicholas Soames more like this