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100017
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading European Parliament more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the amount of subsidy paid to each of the European Parliament’s political groups annually. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Stoddart of Swindon more like this
uin HL2232 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
answer text <p>The annual accounts for all groups are available on the European Parliament (EP) website. The last year for which figures are available is 2013:</p><p>European People’s Party: €21,680,180</p><p>Progressive Alliance of Socialists &amp; Democrats (S&amp;D): €15,387,789.85</p><p>Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE): €6,718,994.35</p><p>Greens/EFA: €4,365,639.83</p><p>GUE/NGL: €2,657,578.33</p><p>European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR): €4,046,038.85</p><p>Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD): €2,614,225.43</p><p>Non -Attached: €1,315,501</p><p>Link to accounts on EP website: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/groups/accounts_en.htm</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns remove filter
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less than 2014-11-04T12:32:15.9191147Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
950
label Biography information for Lord Stoddart of Swindon more like this
100077
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Pakistan more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the position of Ms Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of four sentenced to death in Lahore under Pakistan's blasphemy laws; and whether they intend to make representations to the government of Pakistan. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Patten more like this
uin HL2283 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
answer text We are concerned to hear that a Pakistan court has upheld the imposition of the death penalty in the case of Asia Bibi. We support the EU's recent statement of concern and hope that the verdict will be overturned on appeal. We regularly raise at the highest levels the misuse of blasphemy laws in Pakistan both against Muslims and against religious minorities. We have consistently pressed the Government of Pakistan on the issue of the death penalty and expressed our principled opposition to it in all cases. We will continue to raise these issues. more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns remove filter
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less than 2014-11-04T17:14:45.380975Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-04T17:14:45.380975Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
1137
label Biography information for Lord Patten more like this
99966
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Iraq more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of Amnesty International’s reports of the discovery of unidentified bodies apparently subjected to executions and its allegations of human rights violations perpetrated by Iraqi government forces; and what discussions they have had with the new government of Iraq about entrenching fundamental human rights principles in law and practice and putting in place mechanisms to hold those responsible to account. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
uin HL2181 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
answer text The Government strongly condemns any and all abuses or violations of human rights. We have received reports from Amnesty International and others that Iraqi Security Forces have committed human rights violations in Iraq. Concerns also remain around unlawful detention, as well as deficiencies within the Iraqi justice system more generally. The newly formed Government of Iraq has committed to tackling these issues. We welcome the commitments made by Prime Minister al-Abadi to reorganising the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), integrating volunteer civilian fighters and dissolving militia groups, and his order on 13 September to ISF units fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) not to shell in civilian areas, with the aim of preventing civilian casualties. The UK fully supports the Iraqi government in this as well as its efforts to uphold the rule of law and bring those responsible for all violations and abuses of human rights to justice. At the Human Rights Council in September we co-sponsored a resolution which strongly condemns ISIL and also stresses the need for accountability. The resolution was passed by consensus and mandates the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to despatch an urgent mission to investigate and report on ISIL abuses.
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns remove filter
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less than 2014-11-04T17:17:20.1891648Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-04T17:17:20.1891648Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
100069
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Eurasian Economic Union more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the likely political and economic impact of the Eurasian Economic Union being launched on 1 January 2015. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Suttie more like this
uin HL2275 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
answer text <p>The UK and EU continue to engage directly with the individual countries that form the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). Not all members have devolved the relevant trade competences to the Union and not all are World Trade Organisation members. This creates incompatibilities in EU-EEU negotiations that can only be addressed with the individual EEU member states.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns remove filter
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less than 2014-11-04T17:17:53.8696311Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-04T17:17:53.8696311Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
4298
label Biography information for Baroness Suttie more like this
100032
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Syria more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Turkey over the Syrian Kurds currently detained by them at Suruc and who do not wish to be returned to Kobane. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hylton more like this
uin HL2238 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
answer text Reports from Kobane continue to be deeply concerning. We have not made representations about these specific allegations, but we maintain a close dialogue with Turkey on the evolving crisis in the region. We applaud Turkey’s generosity in hosting over 170,000 refugees that have fled the fighting in Kobane in recent weeks, in addition to the 1.4 million refugees already in Turkey. more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns remove filter
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less than 2014-11-04T17:55:10.6075039Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-04T17:55:10.6075039Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
2018
label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
100557
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-22more like thismore than 2014-10-22
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Syria more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to propose to Parliament that the United Kingdom join the United States in air attacks on the Daesh besiegers of Kobani. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Avebury more like this
uin HL2294 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-05more like thismore than 2014-11-05
answer text <p>Reports from Kobane continue to be deeply concerning and we are monitoring the situation closely. We strongly support the coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria by the US, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Jordan. As the Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), has said, the Government will return to Parliament for a separate decision if we propose to take military action against ISIL in Syria. As the Prime Minister has made clear, if there were a critical British national interest at stake or there were the need to act to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe, we would act immediately and explain to Parliament afterwards.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns remove filter
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less than 2014-11-05T15:45:27.3448271Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T15:45:27.3448271Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
1665
label Biography information for Lord Avebury more like this
100570
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-22more like thismore than 2014-10-22
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Pakistan more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the efforts of the Pakistan security services in clearing the tribal areas of that country of Tehrik-e-Taliban in Pakistan and Al-Qaeda terrorists. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Ahmed more like this
uin HL2307 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-05more like thismore than 2014-11-05
answer text <p>The Government of Pakistan has been carrying out a counter-terrorism operation in the tribal area of North Waziristan since 15 June. Its stated objective is to remove all militant groups and dismantle terrorist infrastructure.</p><p>It is for the Government of Pakistan to determine how to tackle the prolonged and deadly insurgency they face. The UK supports Pakistan as it tackles terrorism and violent extremism, and we will stand together to tackle terrorism and the extremism that sustains it. We expect all concerned to act in accordance with international law and take all feasible precautions to avoid civilian casualties.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns remove filter
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less than 2014-11-05T15:48:26.9643416Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T15:48:26.9643416Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
3470
label Biography information for Lord Ahmed more like this
100606
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Azerbaijan more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to send observers to the imminent trials in Azerbaijan of (1) Mr Arif and Ms Leyla Yunus of the Peace and Democracy Institute, (2) Mr Intigam Aliyev, and (3) Mr Rasul Jafarov; and whether they will propose that their trials are fully covered by European Union diplomats. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hylton more like this
uin HL2337 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-05more like thismore than 2014-11-05
answer text <p>The British Government has publicly expressed its concern surrounding the arrests of Mr Arif and Ms Leyla Yunus and Mr Rasul Jafarav amongst others, and supports the EU statement of 14 August 2014 regarding the recent deterioration of the human rights situation in Azerbaijan. As has been the case in recent high profile trials, the British Government expects to make representation in coordination with its EU partners.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns remove filter
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less than 2014-11-05T15:49:52.6019191Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T15:49:52.6019191Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
2018
label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
100609
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Civil Servants: Languages more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government which languages have been studied by civil servants and diplomatic staff at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Language School; and how many civil servants and diplomatic staff have studied each language. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Coussins more like this
uin HL2340 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-05more like thismore than 2014-11-05
answer text <p>Since the Language Centre opened on 19th September 2013 a total of 45 different languages have been studied there either full or part-time by 813 students. Of those students, 779 are Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) staff and 34 are from other government departments (OGDs) (including staff from the following departments: Ministry of Defence, Cabinet Office, the Department for Business, Innovation &amp; Skills, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, UK Trade and Investment, the Department for International Development, HM Revenue and Customs, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, and the House of Commons). An additional 60 FCO staff have trained at the Institut Francais. Staff across the Civil Service can also access the FCO Language Centre library to continue to develop their own language skills outside formal study and 58 OGD staff have taken advantage of this offer so far.</p><p>It is important to note that when more appropriate, staff from OGDs also receive language training outside of the FCO Language Centre through use of the Civil Service-wide contract with Language Services Direct (the company that run the FCO Language Centre) or at the Institut Francais if French is required. Since September 2014, 113 OGD students have received language training on their own premises via the FCO contract.</p><p>The table below provides a breakdown of the languages that have been taught at the FCO Language Centre:</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Albanian</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Arabic</p></td><td><p>186</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Azeri</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bosnian</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bulgarian</p></td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Burmese</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Cambodian</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Czech</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Danish</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Dari</p></td><td><p>5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Dutch</p></td><td><p>5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Farsi</p></td><td><p>33</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Finnish</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>French</p></td><td><p>14</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Georgian</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>German</p></td><td><p>40</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Greek</p></td><td><p>4</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Hebrew</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Hindi</p></td><td><p>20</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Indonesian</p></td><td><p>4</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Italian</p></td><td><p>23</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Japanese</p></td><td><p>33</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Korean</p></td><td><p>8</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Macedonian</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Mandarin</p></td><td><p>93</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Norwegian</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Pashto</p></td><td><p>5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Polish</p></td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Portuguese</p></td><td><p>47</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Romanian</p></td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Russian</p></td><td><p>84</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Serbian</p></td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sinhalese</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Slovak</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Slovene</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Spanish</p></td><td><p>153</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Swedish</p></td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Tajik</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Thai</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Tigrinya</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Turkish</p></td><td><p>11</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Turkmen</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Urdu</p></td><td><p>4</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Uzbek</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Vietnamese</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>813</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p>
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns remove filter
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less than 2014-11-05T15:51:51.0127173Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T15:51:51.0127173Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
3829
label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
101693
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Ethiopia more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent events in Ethiopia, and of the impact of those events on the number of refugees seeking refuge in Western Europe. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Chidgey more like this
uin HL2515 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-05more like thismore than 2014-11-05
answer text We remain concerned by events in Ethiopia that contribute to the number of Ethiopians seeking refuge in Western Europe. Although the number of claims has increased, the profile of Ethiopian asylum claims seen by the Home Office has not changed significantly. We regularly monitor events and support multilateral initiatives to tackle illegal migration such as the African Union-EU Khartoum process to tackle these issues. more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns remove filter
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less than 2014-11-05T15:53:41.4011408Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T15:53:41.4011408Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
50
label Biography information for Lord Chidgey more like this