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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-08more like thismore than 2015-07-08
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Democratic Republic of Congo: Detainees more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo calling for the release of Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala. more like this
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Lord Chidgey remove filter
unstar this property uin HL1248 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 2015-07-21more like thismore than 2015-07-21
star this property answer text <p>Officials from our Embassy in Kinshasa have twice lobbied the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) alongside other EU missions to raise our concerns about the ongoing detentions of Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala. We continue to urge the DRC government to act on the recommendations of its Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the arrests.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-21T14:51:50.967Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-21T14:51:50.967Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey more like this
388474
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-08more like thismore than 2015-07-08
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Rights more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo regarding allegations of unlawful detention and acts of torture by the Congolese intelligence services against activists, political leaders and human rights campaigners following protests in January against the revision of the electoral law and demonstrations in March organised by LUCHA. more like this
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Lord Chidgey remove filter
unstar this property uin HL1249 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 2015-07-21more like thismore than 2015-07-21
star this property answer text <p>We remain deeply concerned by the Congolese authorities’ response to the civil unrest that affected Kinshasa and the wider Democratic Republic of Congo in January, and subsequent peaceful political activity. It is unacceptable to hold the arrested participants in detention for long periods without charge or due legal assistance. We are concerned by reports that their testimony was obtained under duress and that this may be used in legal proceedings against the activists.</p><p>In response, and together with other EU Missions, officials from our Embassy in Kinshasa twice lobbied the Congolese government to voice our concern at the arrest and detention without charge of the activists. Officials also joined other international observers in monitoring court hearings in this case and those of a number of other activists detained in recent months. Officials have stressed to the Congolese authorities that civil society organisations must be allowed to hold workshops on the democratic process without fear of arrest or reprisal, that all legal proceedings must fully respect the international standards of due process and that the right to peaceful demonstration and assembly must be upheld. Our concerns were set out in an EU Heads of Mission press statement issued on 11 February.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-21T15:20:03.007Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-21T15:20:03.007Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey more like this
388475
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-08more like thismore than 2015-07-08
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Rights more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the Democratic Republic Congo pressing for an independent, credible, and transparent investigation of the mass grave found in March in Maluka, supported by international investigators and experts. more like this
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Lord Chidgey remove filter
unstar this property uin HL1250 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 2015-07-21more like thismore than 2015-07-21
star this property answer text <p>British Government officials have called upon Congolese judicial officials to properly investigate the mass grave containing over 400 bodies uncovered in Maluku in March.</p><p>We urge the Congolese authorities to work closely with international experts, including from the UN Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) and the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and call on them to ensure that a transparent and credible investigation is urgently undertaken. Officials have also encouraged the Congolese government to ensure a thorough response to the public compliant filed on 5 June by the families of 34 victims of disappeared persons.</p><p>On 10 April the EU delegation in Kinshasa made a press statement on behalf of all EU Heads of Mission in Kinshasa reiterating this call for justice.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-21T15:25:07.013Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-21T15:25:07.013Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey more like this
388476
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-08more like thismore than 2015-07-08
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Rights more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the call from Human Rights Watch for an exhumation of the mass grave at Maluka by an international team. more like this
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Lord Chidgey remove filter
unstar this property uin HL1251 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 2015-07-21more like thismore than 2015-07-21
star this property answer text <p>British Government officials have called upon Congolese judicial officials to properly investigate the mass grave containing over 400 bodies uncovered in Maluku in March.</p><p>We urge the Congolese authorities to work closely with international experts, including from the UN Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) and the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and call on them to ensure that a transparent and credible investigation is urgently undertaken. Officials have also encouraged the Congolese government to ensure a thorough response to the public compliant filed on 5 June by the families of 34 victims of disappeared persons.</p><p>On 10 April the EU delegation in Kinshasa made a press statement on behalf of all EU Heads of Mission in Kinshasa reiterating this call for justice.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-21T15:25:29.97Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-21T15:25:29.97Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey more like this
1006651
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Commonwealth: Press Freedom more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the UNESCO Director-General's 2018 Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity which found that 104 journalists were killed in eight Commonwealth countries between 2006 and 2015, and that in none of these cases the perpetrators were brought to justice. more like this
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Lord Chidgey remove filter
unstar this property uin HL11431 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 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to tackling intimidation and violence against journalists wherever it occurs, including in Commonwealth countries, and to challenging impunity for such crimes. The Foreign Secretary highlighted our determination to address this issue on the International Day to End Impunity for Attacks Against Journalists on 2 November, announcing our intention to put the resources of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) behind the cause of media freedom and to hold an international conference on this issue, in 2019. We welcome the attention UNESCO has given to this problem.</p><p>We support the work of the Commonwealth Working Group on Media and Good Governance on Commonwealth principles of freedom of expression and the role of the media in good governance, and their continued efforts to prepare them for consideration at the Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda in 2020. Officials from the FCO and Cabinet Office have offered advice and support to members of the Working Group, most recently on 12 November 2018. The Working Group was given the opportunity to brief all member states on the proposed principles at senior official level, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018. However, there was no consensus amongst member states for the principles to be formally included on Heads' agenda or in their official communiqué. We have discussed the principles with the Commonwealth Secretariat on several occasions since the Heads of Government Meeting. We continue to encourage the Working Group to work with member states and the Secretariat to build consensus towards adoption of the principles.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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HL11432 more like this
HL11433 more like this
HL11434 more like this
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less than 2018-11-27T13:38:31.763Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-27T13:38:31.763Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey more like this
1006652
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Commonwealth: Press Freedom more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Commonwealth Secretary-General about the Commonwealth Working Group on Media and Good Governance’s 2018 report on Commonwealth principles of freedom of expression and the role of the media in good governance. more like this
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Lord Chidgey remove filter
unstar this property uin HL11432 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 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to tackling intimidation and violence against journalists wherever it occurs, including in Commonwealth countries, and to challenging impunity for such crimes. The Foreign Secretary highlighted our determination to address this issue on the International Day to End Impunity for Attacks Against Journalists on 2 November, announcing our intention to put the resources of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) behind the cause of media freedom and to hold an international conference on this issue, in 2019. We welcome the attention UNESCO has given to this problem.</p><p>We support the work of the Commonwealth Working Group on Media and Good Governance on Commonwealth principles of freedom of expression and the role of the media in good governance, and their continued efforts to prepare them for consideration at the Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda in 2020. Officials from the FCO and Cabinet Office have offered advice and support to members of the Working Group, most recently on 12 November 2018. The Working Group was given the opportunity to brief all member states on the proposed principles at senior official level, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018. However, there was no consensus amongst member states for the principles to be formally included on Heads' agenda or in their official communiqué. We have discussed the principles with the Commonwealth Secretariat on several occasions since the Heads of Government Meeting. We continue to encourage the Working Group to work with member states and the Secretariat to build consensus towards adoption of the principles.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL11431 more like this
HL11433 more like this
HL11434 more like this
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less than 2018-11-27T13:38:31.81Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-27T13:38:31.81Z
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4210
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey more like this
1006653
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Commonwealth: Press Freedom more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they were aware of the development of the Commonwealth principles of freedom of expression and the role of the media in good governance by the Commonwealth Working Group on Media and Good Governance ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London in 2018; and what steps they took to support the principles at the summit. more like this
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Lord Chidgey remove filter
unstar this property uin HL11433 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 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to tackling intimidation and violence against journalists wherever it occurs, including in Commonwealth countries, and to challenging impunity for such crimes. The Foreign Secretary highlighted our determination to address this issue on the International Day to End Impunity for Attacks Against Journalists on 2 November, announcing our intention to put the resources of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) behind the cause of media freedom and to hold an international conference on this issue, in 2019. We welcome the attention UNESCO has given to this problem.</p><p>We support the work of the Commonwealth Working Group on Media and Good Governance on Commonwealth principles of freedom of expression and the role of the media in good governance, and their continued efforts to prepare them for consideration at the Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda in 2020. Officials from the FCO and Cabinet Office have offered advice and support to members of the Working Group, most recently on 12 November 2018. The Working Group was given the opportunity to brief all member states on the proposed principles at senior official level, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018. However, there was no consensus amongst member states for the principles to be formally included on Heads' agenda or in their official communiqué. We have discussed the principles with the Commonwealth Secretariat on several occasions since the Heads of Government Meeting. We continue to encourage the Working Group to work with member states and the Secretariat to build consensus towards adoption of the principles.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL11431 more like this
HL11432 more like this
HL11434 more like this
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less than 2018-11-27T13:38:31.86Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-27T13:38:31.86Z
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4210
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey more like this
1006654
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Commonwealth: Press Freedom more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the objectives of the Commonwealth principles of freedom of expression and the role of the media in good governance developed by the Commonwealth Working Group on Media and Good Governance; what steps they will take to promote the principles within the Commonwealth; and whether they will advocate for their consideration at the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda in 2020. more like this
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Lord Chidgey remove filter
unstar this property uin HL11434 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 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to tackling intimidation and violence against journalists wherever it occurs, including in Commonwealth countries, and to challenging impunity for such crimes. The Foreign Secretary highlighted our determination to address this issue on the International Day to End Impunity for Attacks Against Journalists on 2 November, announcing our intention to put the resources of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) behind the cause of media freedom and to hold an international conference on this issue, in 2019. We welcome the attention UNESCO has given to this problem.</p><p>We support the work of the Commonwealth Working Group on Media and Good Governance on Commonwealth principles of freedom of expression and the role of the media in good governance, and their continued efforts to prepare them for consideration at the Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda in 2020. Officials from the FCO and Cabinet Office have offered advice and support to members of the Working Group, most recently on 12 November 2018. The Working Group was given the opportunity to brief all member states on the proposed principles at senior official level, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018. However, there was no consensus amongst member states for the principles to be formally included on Heads' agenda or in their official communiqué. We have discussed the principles with the Commonwealth Secretariat on several occasions since the Heads of Government Meeting. We continue to encourage the Working Group to work with member states and the Secretariat to build consensus towards adoption of the principles.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL11431 more like this
HL11432 more like this
HL11433 more like this
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less than 2018-11-27T13:38:31.907Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-27T13:38:31.907Z
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4210
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey more like this
1064206
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star this property date less than 2019-02-19more like thismore than 2019-02-19
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Commonwealth: Trade more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018, what plans there are for the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement to boost intra-Commonwealth trade; what are the expected outcomes of such plans; and when such outcomes are expected to be delivered. more like this
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Lord Chidgey remove filter
unstar this property uin HL13853 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 2019-02-28more like thismore than 2019-02-28
star this property answer text <p>The UK-funded Commonwealth Trade Facilitation Programme is helping member states implement the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The two year programme aims to help developing and least developed countries in the Commonwealth adopt faster and more efficient customs procedures that will in turn reduce the cost of doing business and create a more enabling environment for intra-Commonwealth Trade.</p><p> </p><p>While the Commonwealth Trade Facilitation Programme is due to conclude by April 2020, implementation of the TFA will continue for several more years. The Agreement is unique in that it allows developing and least developed countries to set their own timetable for implementing elements of the agreement: developing countries are required to provide definitive dates for implementation by August 2019, and Least Developed Countries by 2022.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-02-28T17:02:22.087Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-28T17:02:22.087Z
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4210
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey more like this
1064207
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-02-19more like thismore than 2019-02-19
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Commonwealth more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018, when the conclusions of the scoping missions to Eswatini, Tonga and Zambia will be published. more like this
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Lord Chidgey remove filter
unstar this property uin HL13854 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 2019-02-28more like thismore than 2019-02-28
star this property answer text <p>Scoping missions conducted by the Commonwealth Trade Facilitation Programme aim to identify where external technical assistance would enhance member states' capacity to implement the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement. Tailor-made implementation plans have now been developed or are in the process of being developed for seven Commonwealth countries, including Eswatini, Tonga, and Zambia. The outcomes of these audits, assessments and studies are primarily for the use of those governments and are not intended for publication</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>​</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-02-28T17:01:51.533Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-28T17:01:51.533Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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