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star this property date less than 2017-10-31more like thismore than 2017-10-31
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant: Northern Ireland more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made in Northern Ireland on the implementation of the Military Covenant; and if he will make a statement. more like this
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Lady Hermon more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-08more like thismore than 2017-11-08
star this property answer text <p>The Department continues to improve the support offered to our Service personnel, their families and veterans through engagement with statutory providers and the charitable sector with a view to ensuring none are disadvantaged through service in or living in Northern Ireland (NI). The recent launch of the Veterans' Gateway is a positive example of developing this collaborative approach. In addition, the bespoke Ulster Defence Regiment and Royal Irish Aftercare Service provides support to those personnel referred through the regional Personnel Recovery Unit within 38 (Irish) Brigade.</p><p>Any veteran whose needs are not met by statutory bodies or the charitable sector is looked after by a Veterans' Support Office (VSO), linked to each of the veterans champions established in every local authority. There is an intention to provide additional resources to strengthen the VSOs and improve NI's capacity to identify projects that could draw from the Covenant Fund.</p><p>A further update on our initiatives in NI will be published in the next Covenant Annual Report to Parliament in December 2017.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2017-11-08T15:48:39.33Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-08T15:48:39.33Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-10-14more like thismore than 2015-10-14
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star 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
star this property hansard heading Libya: Freezing of Assets more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to ensure that interest earned on Libyan assets frozen in the UK is used to compensate the victims of IRA/Libyan-sponsored violence; and if he will make a statement. more like this
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Lady Hermon more like this
star this property uin 11988 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-19more like thismore than 2015-10-19
star this property answer text <p>There is no legal basis upon which the UK could re-direct Libyan assets or the interest accrued to individuals for the purposes of compensation. Regarding assets which belonged to Qadhafi or other regime figures, the UN Security Council has stipulated that when these are unfrozen, they will be made available to, and for the benefit of the Libyan people. For the duration of time that these assets are frozen, they and any interest they accrue will be governed in accordance with the specific sanctions in place over the individuals or entities to which the assets belong. In this case, the asset freezing measures are set out under EU Regulation 204/2011 which prohibits the release of frozen funds and the interest accrued belonging to listed individuals or entities except in very specific circumstances, which do not apply here.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2015-10-19T14:54:07.847Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-19T14:54:07.847Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-10-21more like thismore than 2015-10-21
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star 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
star this property hansard heading Libya: Compensation more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what records his Department holds on representations made by the Government to (a) the US Administration and (b) the Libyan government in 2008 about inclusion of compensation claims by victims of IRA/Libyan sponsored violence in the UK in the scope of the Libyan Claims Settlement Agreement; and if he will make a statement. more like this
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Lady Hermon more like this
star this property uin 12830 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-29more like thismore than 2015-10-29
star this property answer text <p>When it became clear in May 2008 that the US and Libya were proceeding on a bilateral agreement to settle outstanding claims, the UK Government made representations to the US and Libyan authorities to include UK victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism on the list of recipients. Unfortunately this proved not to be possible. The Libyans made clear that they had answered questions about their support for the IRA in 1995 and considered the matter closed.</p><p>We want to see a just solution for all of the victims of Qadhafi-sponsored IRA terrorism, and we remain determined to make progress. Once stability returns, and our embassy re-opens, we will again encourage the Libyan authorities to engage with UK victims and their legal representatives seeking redress, including those seeking compensation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2015-10-29T15:12:44.453Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-29T15:12:44.453Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lady Hermon more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-10-21more like thismore than 2015-10-21
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star 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
star this property hansard heading Libya: Politics and Government 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 progress towards the establishment of a government in Libya; and if he will make a statement. more like this
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Lady Hermon more like this
star this property uin 12906 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-26more like thismore than 2015-10-26
star this property answer text <p>We welcomed the announcement on 8 October by UN Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino Léon, of details of the final political settlement. A political settlement remains the best way to create the environment in which the Government of National Accord can bring peace and security to the Libyan people, regenerate the Libyan economy, and effectively tackle the terrorist threat. It is therefore disappointing that the House of Representatives failed to take a decision on the political agreement on 19 October. We will continue to urge all parties to the talks to seize this moment by endorsing and signing the political agreement as soon as possible, and to quickly realise the establishment of a Government of National Accord.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2015-10-26T17:10:43.94Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-26T17:10:43.94Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-09-01more like thismore than 2014-09-01
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star 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
star this property hansard heading Islamic State more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the sources of supply to Islamic State (IS) militants of their weapons and training; and if he will make a statement. more like this
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Lady Hermon more like this
star this property uin 207799 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-08more like thismore than 2014-09-08
star this property answer text <p>We remain deeply concerned about the ability of terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria to acquire weapons and commit atrocities.<br> <br>The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has obtained its weaponry from a variety of sources, including by capturing them from Iraqi and Syrian security forces, and others. Many of ISIL's supply needs are financed by its sale of oil and by money stolen during its advances in recent months.</p><p>We have emphasised the need to intensify efforts to stem the flow of weapons and fighters to extremist groups, including ISIL. Hundreds of foreigners are fighting with ISIL, gaining combat experience and potentially forging connections with other extremists. Since ISIL is a successor to Al Qaida in Iraq, it also has many members with experience of fighting Coalition forces in Iraq after 2003. As part of its strategy to combat ISIL, the UK led work on UN Security Council Resolution 2170, adopted on 15 August, which condemns ISIL, Al-Nusra Front (ANF) and other terrorist groups listed under AQ sanctions. The resolution urges members to take measures to choke off recruitment and to target the growing phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters and ISIL's sources of finance.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2014-09-08T14:50:24.3069975Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-08T14:50:24.3069975Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-09-01more like thismore than 2014-09-01
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star 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
star this property hansard heading Syria more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether chemical weapons have been used by the Syrian government since August 2013; and if he will make a statement. more like this
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Lady Hermon more like this
star this property uin 207800 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-08more like thismore than 2014-09-08
star this property answer text <p>There is credible evidence of repeated chemical weapon attacks perpetrated by the Syrian regime since August 2013. The UK was among the first countries to call for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate these allegations. The OPCW Fact Finding Mission was subsequently established in April 2014 and its work is ongoing. Despite the difficulty of investigating these allegations in a conflict environment, the Mission’s May 2014 interim report stated that the available information “lends credence to the view that toxic chemicals, most likely pulmonary irritating agents such as chlorine, have been used in a systematic manner in a number of attacks”.</p><p>The August 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry report further stated that “Reasonable grounds exist to believe that chemical agents, likely chlorine, were used...[and that]... those agents were dropped in barrel bombs from government helicopters flying overhead”. Any use of chemical agents in warfare contravenes the Chemical Weapon Convention, to which Syria acceded in September 2013. We will press for all those who use chemical weapons to be held to account for these war crimes.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2014-09-08T15:00:39.1365834Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-08T15:00:39.1365834Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-09-01more like thismore than 2014-09-01
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star 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
star this property hansard heading Libya more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to secure the stockpiles of weaponry in Libya which are left over from the 2011 revolution, including surface-to-air rocket launchers; and if he will make a statement. more like this
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Lady Hermon more like this
star this property uin 207801 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-08more like thismore than 2014-09-08
star this property answer text <p>The vast unsecured stockpiles of Qadhafi-era weapons and ammunition are a threat to the political transition in Libya, endangering its stability and security, as well as that of the region.</p><p>The British Government has been working closely with international partners, including the UN, to help the Libyan authorities secure and dismantle the weapons stockpiles. We have committed £9 million of our £62.5 million Security, Justice and Defence Programme, plus a further £1 million contribution to the UN Mine Action Service Trust Fund, to fund projects in this area. We have also funded a Senior Disarmament Advisor to work with the Libyan Ministry of Defence on disarmament issues. However, following our Embassy’s withdrawal from Tripoli on 5 August, this work has been temporarily suspended. We hope to be able to return to Libya at the earliest opportunity to continue this important work.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2014-09-08T13:51:07.9825331Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-08T13:51:07.9825331Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-09-04more like thismore than 2014-09-04
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star 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
star this property hansard heading Hamas more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the sources of rockets supplied to Hamas operating in Gaza; and if he will make a statement. more like this
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Lady Hermon more like this
star this property uin 208182 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-11more like thismore than 2014-09-11
star this property answer text <p>Our assessment is that rockets are brought to Gaza from several sources, including the tunnels which run into the territory.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2014-09-11T11:54:46.1488585Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-11T11:54:46.1488585Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-09-04more like thismore than 2014-09-04
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star 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
star this property hansard heading Islamic State more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the sources of supply to Islamic State militants of their weapons and training; and if he will make a statement. more like this
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Lady Hermon more like this
star this property uin 208183 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-10more like thismore than 2014-09-10
star this property answer text <p>We remain deeply concerned about the ability of terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria to acquire weapons and commit atrocities.<br> <br>The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has obtained its weaponry from a variety of sources, including by capturing them from Iraqi and Syrian security forces. Many of ISIL's supply needs are financed by its sale of oil and by money stolen during its advances in recent months.</p><p>We have emphasised the need to intensify efforts to stem the flow of weapons and fighters to extremist groups, including ISIL. Hundreds of foreigners are fighting with ISIL, gaining combat experience and potentially forging connections with other extremists. As part of its strategy to combat ISIL, the UK led work on UN Security Council Resolution 2170, adopted on 15 August, which condemns ISIL, Al Nusra Front (ANF) and other terrorist groups listed under Al Qaida sanctions. The resolution urges members to take measures to choke off recruitment and to target the growing phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters and ISIL's sources of finance.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2014-09-10T14:51:51.7735903Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-10T14:51:51.7735903Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-09-04more like thismore than 2014-09-04
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star 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
star this property hansard heading Syria more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking with his international counterparts to stop the war in Syria; and if he will make a statement. more like this
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Lady Hermon more like this
star this property uin 208184 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-11more like thismore than 2014-09-11
star this property answer text <p>The UK has been very active over the years of the Syria conflict, and it remains a top priority. The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) threatens the UK, and the whole region.</p><p>With our international partners, we have focused on support for those pushing for an inclusive political settlement. This has led to our political and non-lethal assistance to moderate opposition groups. We have committed £30 million this financial year for helping the moderate opposition and bolstering regional resilience. We have given strong backing for UN efforts in the political track.</p><p>The UK has also focussed on holding Assad to account for his war crimes, which have included routine, indiscriminate bombardment of civilian areas, the use of chemical weapons, and the use of siege and surrender tactics. The UK is also the second largest bilateral humanitarian aid donor, and has been at the forefront of efforts in the UN Security Council to ensure aid gets to all those who need it.</p><p>The UK recently committed to tackling the threat from extremists, including ISIL. This needs a coordinated strategy in Syria and Iraq, and close coordination with the US and other partners.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2014-09-11T11:52:31.1468933Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-11T11:52:31.1468933Z
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