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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 remove filter
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ethnic Groups more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many BAME staff are employed at (a) grade 7, (b) grade 5 and (c) grade 3 in his Department. more like this
tabling member constituency Feltham and Heston more like this
tabling member printed
Seema Malhotra more like this
uin 279050 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-12more like thismore than 2019-08-12
answer text <p>​The percentage of United Kingdom-based ethnic minority staff employed at D6 (grade 7 equivalent) in the Foreign &amp; Commonwealth Office (FCO) is 9 per cent. The percentage of United Kingdom-based ethnic minority staff employed in the FCO's senior management structure (SMS) is 7 per cent. Diversity statistics are published in the FCO's Annual Report and Accounts 2018-2019. They are given as percentages and are not broken down into separate SMS grades (SMS 1 (grade 5 equivalent), SMS 2 (grade 3 equivalent), SMS 3 and SMS 4) in order to protect individual staff anonymity.</p><p>The Civil Service-wide percentage for ethnic minority staff in SCS grades is 6.0 per cent (March 2019). The Civil Service-wide percentage for ethnic minority staff at grade 7 is 11.1 per cent.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Tamworth more like this
answering member printed Christopher Pincher more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-12T09:53:36.48Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-12T09:53:36.48Z
answering member
4075
label Biography information for Christopher Pincher more like this
tabling member
4253
label Biography information for Seema Malhotra more like this
1140570
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 remove filter
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Hong Kong: Police more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) training, (b) capacity building and (c) assistance (i) the UK Government and (ii) Scotland Yard provides to the Hong Kong Police Force. more like this
tabling member constituency Orkney and Shetland more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Alistair Carmichael more like this
uin 279392 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-09more like thismore than 2019-08-09
answer text <p>In recent years, UK law enforcement agencies have provided training and assistance to the Hong Kong Police Force in a number of areas, including illicit finance and traffic policing. UK law enforcement agencies maintain regular engagement with the Hong Kong Police Force in the course of information exchange and joint investigations of serious and organised crime – as they do with counterparts throughout the world. All cooperation with overseas partners – including those in Hong Kong – is conducted under the Overseas Security and Justice Assistance (OSJA) risk management system, which is used across Government to assess human rights risks.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South Derbyshire more like this
answering member printed Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-09T13:47:54.157Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-09T13:47:54.157Z
answering member
4053
label Biography information for Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
previous answer version
132240
answering member constituency South Derbyshire more like this
answering member printed Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
answering member
4053
label Biography information for Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
tabling member
1442
label Biography information for Mr Alistair Carmichael more like this
1140889
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 remove filter
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for a peace deal in Afghanistan. more like this
tabling member constituency Heywood and Middleton more like this
tabling member printed
Liz McInnes more like this
uin 280275 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-09more like thismore than 2019-08-09
answer text <p>​Despite continuing challenges, there is the real prospect of a credible peace process for Afghanistan. Concerted Afghan and international efforts continue, with positive signs including US-Taliban talks; the recent intra-Afghan dialogue co-convened by Germany and Qatar; and the consultative Loya Jirga in Kabul. Intra-Afghan negotiations are now needed to find a sustainable settlement which will assure the country's future peace and stability. It is crucial that the democratically elected National Unity Government plays a central role, and that peace efforts are inclusive, including women and minorities. The people of Afghanistan deserve peace after decades of conflict and insecurity. We strongly believe that a political settlement is the only way to achieve lasting peace and stability.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South Derbyshire more like this
answering member printed Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-09T13:51:17.793Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-09T13:51:17.793Z
answering member
4053
label Biography information for Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
tabling member
4342
label Biography information for Liz McInnes more like this
1140890
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 remove filter
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the (a) involvement of civil society in the talks between the US and the Taliban in Afghanistan and (b) rights of women in any agreement that might be reached in those talks. more like this
tabling member constituency Heywood and Middleton more like this
tabling member printed
Liz McInnes more like this
uin 280276 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-09more like thismore than 2019-08-09
answer text <p>Talks between the US Government and the Taliban are a positive step towards an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process. Resolution of the conflict will require negotiations between Afghans, including the National Unity Government and the Taliban. We continue to make clear the importance of the involvement of civil society and of women and minorities in the process to shape Afghanistan's future.</p><p>Afghanistan is a focus country in the UK's National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and a priority country in our efforts to promote women's meaningful inclusion in peace processes. We encourage the Afghanistan Government to bring women into discussions on peace and to ensure the participation of Afghan women in all levels of decision-making, from the local level to the negotiation table. The UK funds programmes in support of this, including a pilot on local approaches to peace, with an emphasis on women, across four districts and two provinces. We also support the &quot;Open Jirga&quot; television programme which provides a platform for women's representation in politics, including on the critical issue of peace.</p>
answering member constituency South Derbyshire more like this
answering member printed Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-09T13:53:13.25Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-09T13:53:13.25Z
answering member
4053
label Biography information for Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
tabling member
4342
label Biography information for Liz McInnes more like this
1139756
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 remove filter
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Working Hours more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much time off in lieu has been taken by staff in his Department in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
tabling member printed
Jon Trickett more like this
uin 278376 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-06more like thismore than 2019-08-06
answer text <p>The Foreign &amp; Commonwealth Office does not hold this information because time-off-in-lieu (TOIL) is not recorded centrally and is managed by individual teams, particularly overseas.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Tamworth more like this
answering member printed Christopher Pincher more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-06T13:39:18.573Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-06T13:39:18.573Z
answering member
4075
label Biography information for Christopher Pincher more like this
tabling member
410
label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1140578
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 remove filter
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Credit Unions more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2019 to Question 271335, for what reasons his Department does not offer a payroll deduction service to enable employees to join a credit union; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Harrow West more like this
tabling member printed
Gareth Thomas more like this
uin 279368 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-06more like thismore than 2019-08-06
answer text <p>The Foreign &amp; Commonwealth Office does not have a facility to allow staff to join a credit union through payroll deductions, however staff can still make arrangements to contribute to a credit union via direct debit.</p><p>Financial wellbeing is a key part of pay and benefits package, and we offer a range of services to help staff build financial capability so they can make informed decisions about their finances.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Tamworth more like this
answering member printed Christopher Pincher more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-06T13:41:27.573Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-06T13:41:27.573Z
answering member
4075
label Biography information for Christopher Pincher more like this
tabling member
177
label Biography information for Gareth Thomas more like this
1139707
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 remove filter
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Peru: Press Freedom more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Peru on freedom of the press and the role of investigative journalists in that country. more like this
tabling member constituency Keighley more like this
tabling member printed
John Grogan more like this
uin 278360 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-31more like thismore than 2019-07-31
answer text <p>The British Ambassador in Peru raised Media Freedom with Foreign Minister Popolizio on 24 June, extending to him an invitation to the Global Conference on Media Freedom in London in July.</p><p>In his opening speech at the Conference, the former Foreign Secretary hailed the work of Investigative Journalist Gustavo Gorriti of IDL-Reporteros, noting that he &quot;has brought to light a series of corruption scandals involving business, the government and the judiciary&quot;. Mr Gorriti sent a video message in support of the Conference, and his fellow investigative journalists Paola Ugaz and Pedro Salinas were able to attend at the British Government's invitation.</p><p>The United Kingdom is fully committed to the promotion of media freedom and the protection of journalists. In 2019, the former Foreign Secretary announced our launch of the international campaign to end the climate of impunity and mobilise a consensus behind protection of journalists worldwide. We are currently considering how this campaign can best add value and reinforce existing mechanisms, including those of the UN and other international organisations. We have held discussions with Reporters Without Borders and are actively reviewing their proposal for a dedicated UN position on this issue.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Tamworth more like this
answering member printed Christopher Pincher more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-31T12:56:26.627Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-31T12:56:26.627Z
answering member
4075
label Biography information for Christopher Pincher more like this
tabling member
382
label Biography information for John Grogan more like this
1139708
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 remove filter
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Albania: Politics and Government more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Government of Albania and (b) political parties in Albania on the boycott of that country's Parliament by opposition parties. more like this
tabling member constituency Keighley more like this
tabling member printed
John Grogan more like this
uin 278361 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-31more like thismore than 2019-07-31
answer text <p>We hold regular discussions with the Government of Albania and opposition parties and have urged both sides to engage in dialogue to resolve their political differences. The previous Prime Minister raised the need for political dialogue with Prime Minister Rama at the Poznan Summit. The then Minister of State for Europe and the Americas also saw acting Foreign Minister, Gent Cakaj, in Poznan, where they discussed the impasse in Albania and broader political challenges in the Western Balkans.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Tamworth more like this
answering member printed Christopher Pincher more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-31T12:59:44.867Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-31T12:59:44.867Z
answering member
4075
label Biography information for Christopher Pincher more like this
tabling member
382
label Biography information for John Grogan more like this
1139843
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 remove filter
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading British Virgin Islands: Diplomatic Relations more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to improve diplomatic relations with the British Virgin Islands. more like this
tabling member constituency Romford more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Rosindell more like this
uin 278430 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-31more like thismore than 2019-07-31
answer text <p>As a British Overseas Territory, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has no international legal personality separate from that of the United Kingdom, therefore no &quot;diplomatic relations&quot; exist in the traditional sense of the term. The United Kingdom and the BVI, along with the other Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies form an undivided realm. The roles of the United Kingdom, the Governor and the elected government are set out in the Constitution of the BVI. As with all Overseas Territories, the United Kingdom Government works in partnership with the government of the BVI across a wide range of issues.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Tamworth more like this
answering member printed Christopher Pincher more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-31T12:50:09.727Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-31T12:50:09.727Z
answering member
4075
label Biography information for Christopher Pincher more like this
tabling member
1447
label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
1139844
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 remove filter
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Pitcairn Islands: Foreign Relations more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives from the Pitcairn Islands. more like this
tabling member constituency Romford more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Rosindell more like this
uin 278431 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-31more like thismore than 2019-07-31
answer text <p>Minister for the Commonwealth and the UN, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, held a bilateral meeting with Leslie Jaques, Lead Councillor for International Relations and Divisional Manager for Economics and Finance for Pitcairn at the Joint Ministerial Council in December 2018. The Minister reaffirmed the future sustainability of the island as being an important issue for Government, reassured that we remain committed to fully involving the Overseas Territories in the EU exit negotiation process and welcomed the positive findings of the Child Safety Review.</p><p>The Governor for Pitcairn visited the islands in May 2018, and is planning a further visit this August.</p><p>I was also glad to learn of the amazing work the Islanders contributed to on cleaning some of the horrendous plastic pollution from the beaches of Henderson Island (which is part of the Pitcairn group) last month.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Tamworth more like this
answering member printed Christopher Pincher more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-31T12:52:55.853Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-31T12:52:55.853Z
answering member
4075
label Biography information for Christopher Pincher more like this
tabling member
1447
label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this