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1015389
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Private Education more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many children had their private school fees paid by his Department at (a) schools in the UK and (b) schools overseas in the most recent year for which figures are available. more like this
tabling member constituency Islington South and Finsbury more like this
tabling member printed
Emily Thornberry more like this
uin 196150 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction true more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>In Financial Year 2016/2017, the FCO funded the private school fees for the following number of children:</p><p>(a) At schools in the UK: <ins class="ministerial">541</ins> <del class="ministerial">393 </del></p><p>(b) At schools overseas: 1074</p> more like this
answering member constituency Rutland and Melton more like this
answering member printed Sir Alan Duncan more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-03T17:47:04.83Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-03T17:47:04.83Z
question first ministerially corrected
less than 2019-03-18T12:42:38.147Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-18T12:42:38.147Z
answering member
343
label Biography information for Sir Alan Duncan more like this
previous answer version
89699
answering member constituency Rutland and Melton more like this
answering member printed Sir Alan Duncan more like this
answering member
343
label Biography information for Sir Alan Duncan more like this
tabling member
1536
label Biography information for Emily Thornberry more like this
1015197
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2018-11-26more like thismore than 2018-11-26
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Ramin Hossein Panahi more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government made to seek to halt the execution of Mr Ramin Hussein Panahi in Iran. more like this
tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
tabling member printed
Chris Stephens more like this
uin 195676 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The British Government supported an EU-led demarche in Spring 2018 calling on Iran to ensure Mr Panahi’s right to due process was guaranteed. Regrettably, our efforts were unsuccessful and Mr Panahi was executed in September. We continue to take action with the international community to press for improvements on all human rights issues in Iran, including ending the death penalty.</p> more like this
answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-03T16:36:36.553Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-03T16:36:36.553Z
answering member
1201
label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
tabling member
4463
label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
1015366
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 USA: Prisoners more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens are imprisoned in the United States. more like this
tabling member constituency Cardiff Central more like this
tabling member printed
Jo Stevens more like this
uin 196212 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>As of May 2018, we are aware of 439 British nationals in detention in the United States. This can include British nationals in immigration detention, in police custody, on remand awaiting trial, and sentenced prisoners. We collate detainee statistics twice a year from our case management system records to provide a snapshot of the number of British national arrest/detention cases reported to us.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Rutland and Melton more like this
answering member printed Sir Alan Duncan more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-03T17:40:07.95Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-03T17:40:07.95Z
answering member
343
label Biography information for Sir Alan Duncan more like this
tabling member
4425
label Biography information for Jo Stevens more like this
1015373
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Diplomatic Service: EU Countries more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2018 Question 193410 on Diplomatic Service: EU Countries, in which countries UK citizens do not have any direct national representation. more like this
tabling member constituency Bishop Auckland more like this
tabling member printed
Helen Goodman more like this
uin 196145 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>Further to my previous reply, there are 39 countries where we have no direct representation, but which are covered by other Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Embassies in the region. These are: Andorra, Antigua &amp; Barbuda, The Bahamas, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Monaco, Nauru, Nicaragua, Niger, Palau, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, St Kitts &amp; Nevis, St Vincent &amp; The Grenadines, Suriname, eSwatini, Togo, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.</p><p>On 31 October, the Foreign Secretary announced the biggest strengthening of our diplomatic network for around 20 years. We will open 11 new Posts by the end of 2020: Antigua &amp; Barbuda, The Bahamas, Djibouti, Grenada, Lesotho, Niger, Samoa, St Vincent &amp; The Grenadines, eSwatini, Tonga and Vanuatu.</p><p>People who need assistance can call any of our embassies, high commissions or consulates, or the FCO switchboard, 24/7 for advice or help.</p>
answering member constituency West Worcestershire more like this
answering member printed Harriett Baldwin more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-03T16:38:38.207Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-03T16:38:38.207Z
answering member
4107
label Biography information for Harriett Baldwin more like this
tabling member
1484
label Biography information for Helen Goodman more like this
1015384
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Zimbabwe: Politics and Government more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Zimbabwe. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 196089 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>We agree with the international electoral mission's reports, that there remain significant shortcomings in the electoral system which must be addressed to build much-needed confidence in Zimbabwe's democratic process. We welcomed the establishment of the independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate the violence against civilians in the post-election period. The Commission must report its findings in a transparent and timely manner.</p><p>Following early August violence, which left at least 6 people dead, the security situation in Zimbabwe has remained calm.</p> more like this
answering member constituency West Worcestershire more like this
answering member printed Harriett Baldwin more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-03T16:40:39.827Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-03T16:40:39.827Z
answering member
4107
label Biography information for Harriett Baldwin more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1015387
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Private Education more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funds his Department allocated to pay the private school fees of the children of staff in his Department at (a) schools in the UK and (b) schools overseas in the last year for which figures are available. more like this
tabling member constituency Islington South and Finsbury more like this
tabling member printed
Emily Thornberry more like this
uin 196148 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>In Financial Year 2016/2017, the FCO allocated the following funds to pay the private school fees of the children of FCO staff:</p><p>(a) Schools in the UK: £12,703,109.00</p><p>(b) Schools overseas: £14,339,087.00</p> more like this
answering member constituency Rutland and Melton more like this
answering member printed Sir Alan Duncan more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-03T17:44:16.743Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-03T17:44:16.743Z
answering member
343
label Biography information for Sir Alan Duncan more like this
tabling member
1536
label Biography information for Emily Thornberry more like this
1015388
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Private Education more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff in his Department who had the private school fees of their children paid by his Department were (a) based in posts in the United Kingdom and (b) based in posts overseas in the most recent year for which figures are available. more like this
tabling member constituency Islington South and Finsbury more like this
tabling member printed
Emily Thornberry more like this
uin 196149 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>In Financial Year 2016/2017, the FCO funded UK private school fees of children for the following number of staff:</p><p>(a) Staff based in the UK: 172</p><p>(b) Staff based overseas: 174</p> more like this
answering member constituency Rutland and Melton more like this
answering member printed Sir Alan Duncan more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-03T17:45:36.573Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-03T17:45:36.573Z
answering member
343
label Biography information for Sir Alan Duncan more like this
tabling member
1536
label Biography information for Emily Thornberry more like this
1015390
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Private Education more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much expenditure his Department allocated to pay the private school fees of the children of Departmental staff at each of (a) Cheltenham Ladies College, (b) Roedean School, (c) Wycombe Abbey, (d) Benenden School, (e) Malvern St James, (f) Wellington College, (g) St Francis College, (h) Sevenoaks School, (i) Malvern College and (j) Hurtwood House in the last year for which figures are available. more like this
tabling member constituency Islington South and Finsbury more like this
tabling member printed
Emily Thornberry more like this
uin 196151 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>In Financial Year 2016/2017 funding was allocated as below to pay the private school fees of the children of FCO staff at the following schools:</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>2016/17</strong></p></td><td><p>​</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>School</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Cheltenham Ladies College</p></td><td><p>£61,693.23</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Roedean School</p></td><td><p>£184,744.25</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wycombe Abbey</p></td><td><p>£91,476</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Benenden School</p></td><td><p>£30,492</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Malvern St. James</p></td><td><p>£30,492</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wellington College</p></td><td><p>£121,968</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>St. Francis College</p></td><td><p>£0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Seven Oaks School</p></td><td><p>£451,980</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Malvern College</p></td><td><p>£0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Hurtwood House</p></td><td><p>£0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Members of the diplomatic service are expected to be widely deployable throughout their career. It is long-standing practice that the FCO provides clearly defined and limited financial support to staff to help maintain the continuity of their children's education. Many parents prefer to take their children with them abroad, but in some of the 168 countries and territories where the FCO has UK-based staff, we do not permit staff to take their children either for health or security reasons. In others, local schools of an acceptable standard are not available.</p><p>As frequent moves by staff and families between the UK and overseas, and between posts overseas, can be disruptive to the education of the children, the FCO provides Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA). This enables staff who meet certain eligibility criteria to choose to provide an uninterrupted education for their children at a British boarding school in the UK while they continue to take up postings overseas at regular intervals during their career. CEA is a long-standing policy run under successive governments.</p><p>The FCO refunds standard term fees up to a ceiling which is reviewed annually. Where staff opt to send their children to more expensive schools, the difference in cost is met privately. The maximum amount the FCO will pay is determined by an independent survey conducted by Employment Conditions Abroad (ECA) International, which is used by public and private sector employers whose staff work across the world. Various factors, including availability of places (sometimes at short notice) and proximity of other family members, influence which schools staff choose for their children.</p><p>This provision may continue for up to 5 years following an officer's return to the UK, provided the officer will serve overseas again at the end of their home tour (and before the child completes their education), to allow children to complete key stages of their education without multiple disruptions.</p><p>UK-staff based overseas with dependent children living at Post are required to ensure that their children receive a full-time education from the start of the school term beginning after the child's 5th birthday, continuing until they reach school leaving age. At overseas posts where no suitable free English language based schooling is available (currently all countries except Australia, New Zealand and the United States), the FCO will meet the costs of schooling, where available, at an appropriate English language school from a list of pre-identified schools in the city of posting.</p>
answering member constituency Rutland and Melton more like this
answering member printed Sir Alan Duncan more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-03T17:55:01.973Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-03T17:55:01.973Z
answering member
343
label Biography information for Sir Alan Duncan more like this
tabling member
1536
label Biography information for Emily Thornberry more like this
1015391
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Private Education more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funds his Department allocated to pay the private school fees of the children of staff in his Department at (a) Tonbridge school, (b) Harrow school, (c) Winchester college, (d) Charterhouse school, (e) Eton college, (f) Westminster school, (g) Rugby school, (h) St Lawrence college, (i) Brentwood school and (j) Millfield school in the most recent year for which figures are available. more like this
tabling member constituency Islington South and Finsbury more like this
tabling member printed
Emily Thornberry more like this
uin 196152 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>In Financial Year 2016/2017 funding was allocated as below to pay the private school fees of the children of FCO staff at the following schools:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>2016/17 </strong></p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>School</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Tonbridge School</p></td><td><p>£30,492</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Harrow School</p></td><td><p>£0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Winchester College</p></td><td><p>£276,656.90</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Charterhouse School</p></td><td><p>£92,142.25</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Eton College</p></td><td><p>£122,478.00</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Westminster School</p></td><td><p>£52,441.90</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Rugby School</p></td><td><p>£183,186.34</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>St. Lawrence College</p></td><td><p>£0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Brentwood School</p></td><td><p>£0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Millfield School</p></td><td><p>£91,309.50</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Members of the diplomatic service are expected to be widely deployable throughout their career. It is long-standing practice that the FCO provides clearly defined and limited financial support to staff to help maintain the continuity of their children's education. Many parents prefer to take their children with them abroad, but in some of the 168 countries and territories where the FCO has UK-based staff, we do not permit staff to take their children either for health or security reasons. In others, local schools of an acceptable standard are not available.</p><p>As frequent moves by staff and families between the UK and overseas, and between posts overseas, can be disruptive to the education of the children, the FCO provides Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA). This enables staff who meet certain eligibility criteria to choose to provide an uninterrupted education for their children at a British boarding school in the UK while they continue to take up postings overseas at regular intervals during their career. CEA is a long-standing policy run under successive governments.</p><p>The FCO refunds standard term fees up to a ceiling which is reviewed annually. Where staff opt to send their children to more expensive schools, the difference in cost is met privately. The maximum amount the FCO will pay is determined by an independent survey conducted by Employment Conditions Abroad (ECA) International, which is used by public and private sector employers whose staff work across the world. Various factors, including availability of places (sometimes at short notice) and proximity of other family members, influence which schools staff choose for their children.</p><p>This provision may continue for up to 5 years following an officer's return to the UK, provided the officer will serve overseas again at the end of their home tour (and before the child completes their education), to allow children to complete key stages of their education without multiple disruptions.</p><p>UK-staff based overseas with dependent children living at Post are required to ensure that their children receive a full-time education from the start of the school term beginning after the child's 5th birthday, continuing until they reach school leaving age. At overseas posts where no suitable free English language based schooling is available (currently all countries except Australia, New Zealand and the United States), the FCO will meet the costs of schooling, where available, at an appropriate English language school from a list of pre-identified schools in the city of posting.</p>
answering member constituency Rutland and Melton more like this
answering member printed Sir Alan Duncan more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-03T17:36:20.637Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-03T17:36:20.637Z
answering member
343
label Biography information for Sir Alan Duncan more like this
tabling member
1536
label Biography information for Emily Thornberry more like this
1015535
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Integrity Initiative more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has (a) funded, (b) provided contracts to and (c) procured the services of the Integrity Initiative in each financial year since 2015/16. more like this
tabling member constituency Derby North more like this
tabling member printed
Chris Williamson more like this
uin 196177 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The Institute for Statecraft is an independent, Scottish, charitable body whose work seeks to improve governance and enhance national security. They launched the Integrity Initiative in 2015 to defend democracy against disinformation.</p><p>In financial year 2017/18, the FCO funded the Institute for Statecraft's Integrity Initiative £296,500. This financial year, the FCO is funding a further £1,961,000. Both have been funded through grant agreements.</p><p>At the Eastern Partnership Summit in November 2017, the Prime Minister announced that the UK Government has committed £100m over five years to tackling this threat internationally.</p><p>Such funding furthers our commitment to producing important work to counter disinformation and other malign influence.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Rutland and Melton more like this
answering member printed Sir Alan Duncan more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-03T10:04:06.967Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-03T10:04:06.967Z
answering member
343
label Biography information for Sir Alan Duncan more like this
tabling member
3976
label Biography information for Chris Williamson more like this