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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-26more like thismore than 2019-02-26
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 remove filter
hansard heading Iraq: Politics and Government more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What recent diplomatic steps his Department has taken to support peace and stability in Iraq. more like this
tabling member constituency Walsall North more like this
tabling member printed
Eddie Hughes more like this
uin 909450 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-26more like thismore than 2019-02-26
answer text <p>I visited Iraq last month and held useful discussions with leaders from the Government of Iraq and Kurdistan Regional Governemnt. We discussed how the UK and Iraq could cooperate together to promote peace and stability in Iraq. I announced a further £30 million in funding to help rebuild Iraq and reinvigorate the economy.</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 2019-02-26T17:33:08.423Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-26T17:33:08.423Z
answering member
1201
label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
tabling member
4635
label Biography information for Eddie Hughes remove filter
1134838
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
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 remove filter
hansard heading Jagtar Singh Johal 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 progress he has made with his Indian counterpart on securing the release of Jagtar Singh Johal. more like this
tabling member constituency Walsall North more like this
tabling member printed
Eddie Hughes more like this
uin 269756 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
answer text <p>We make frequent representations on Mr <strong>Johal</strong>'s behalf. Most recently, the British High Commissioner to India raised Mr <strong>Johal</strong>'s case with the Indian Foreign Secretary on 10 May, and with the Indian High Commissioner to the UK on 10 June. The Minister for Asia and the Pacific also raised Mr <strong>Johal</strong>'s case with the Indian Foreign Secretary on 12 March. The Foreign Secretary and the Minister for Asia and the Pacific met with Mr Johal's family and their MP, Martin Docherty-Hughes on 24 April. Our consular staff in India continue to regularly visit Mr <strong>Johal</strong>.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-01T16:42:11.673Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T16:42:11.673Z
answering member
1466
label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
tabling member
4635
label Biography information for Eddie Hughes remove filter
1136080
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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 remove filter
hansard heading Jagtar Singh Johal 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 (a) reassurances about the health of Jagtar Singh Johal and (b) information on when he will (i) stand trial or (ii) be released his Department has received from the Indian Government. more like this
tabling member constituency Walsall North more like this
tabling member printed
Eddie Hughes more like this
uin 271575 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
answer text <p>​Our consular staff in India visit Mr Johal regularly to monitor his welfare and ensure he is able to access his legal representatives. They last visited Mr Johal on 27 June. The British Government cannot interfere in the judicial processes of other countries any more than we would accept interference in our own judicial system. However, we can consider approaching the authorities if there are concerns that a trial does not follow internationally recognised standards for a fair trial or is unreasonably delayed compared to local cases. In our representations to the Government of India on Mr Johal's behalf, we have raised his right to a fair trial.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-09T15:06:04.713Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-09T15:06:04.713Z
answering member
1466
label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
tabling member
4635
label Biography information for Eddie Hughes remove filter
1138608
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-12more like thismore than 2019-07-12
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 remove filter
hansard heading Jagtar Singh Johal 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 discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on the time taken to conduct the trial of Jagtar Singh Johal in that country. more like this
tabling member constituency Walsall North more like this
tabling member printed
Eddie Hughes more like this
uin 276588 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
answer text <p>​We regularly make representations on Mr <strong>Johal</strong>'s behalf, including raising his right to a fair trial. Our High Commissioner in India raised this with the Indian High Commissioner to the UK most recently on 10 June.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-17T14:41:27.283Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-17T14:41:27.283Z
answering member
1466
label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
tabling member
4635
label Biography information for Eddie Hughes remove filter
1146190
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-25more like thismore than 2019-09-25
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 remove filter
hansard heading Persecution of Christians across the Globe Independent Review 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 progress his Department has made on implementing the recommendations of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Walsall North more like this
tabling member printed
Eddie Hughes more like this
uin 291141 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-30more like thismore than 2019-09-30
answer text <p>We are grateful to the Bishop for setting out ambitious recommendations. The report has identified specific steps that the British Government can take to address the issues faced by persecuted Christians around the world. We have accepted the recommendations in full and are working hard to implement them. On 12 September the Foreign Secretary welcomed the appointment of Rehman Chishti MP as the Prime Minister’s new Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief who will build on the work of the former Envoy Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon. Mr Chishti is delighted with this appointment and looks forward to continuing to enhance the UK’s support for all those suffering persecution based on their faith.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South Derbyshire more like this
answering member printed Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
grouped question UIN 291142 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-30T12:26:20.263Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-30T12:26:20.263Z
answering member
4053
label Biography information for Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
tabling member
4635
label Biography information for Eddie Hughes remove filter
1146191
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-25more like thismore than 2019-09-25
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 remove filter
hansard heading Persecution of Christians Across the Globe Independent Review 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, which recommendations of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians are being prioritised; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Walsall North more like this
tabling member printed
Eddie Hughes more like this
uin 291142 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-30more like thismore than 2019-09-30
answer text <p>We are grateful to the Bishop for setting out ambitious recommendations. The report has identified specific steps that the British Government can take to address the issues faced by persecuted Christians around the world. We have accepted the recommendations in full and are working hard to implement them. On 12 September the Foreign Secretary welcomed the appointment of Rehman Chishti MP as the Prime Minister’s new Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief who will build on the work of the former Envoy Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon. Mr Chishti is delighted with this appointment and looks forward to continuing to enhance the UK’s support for all those suffering persecution based on their faith.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South Derbyshire more like this
answering member printed Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
grouped question UIN 291141 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-30T12:26:20.217Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-30T12:26:20.217Z
answering member
4053
label Biography information for Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
tabling member
4635
label Biography information for Eddie Hughes remove filter
1146193
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-25more like thismore than 2019-09-25
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 remove filter
hansard heading Iraq: Religious Freedom 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 role his Department is playing in promoting religious diversity in Iraq. more like this
tabling member constituency Walsall North more like this
tabling member printed
Eddie Hughes more like this
uin 291143 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-30more like thismore than 2019-09-30
answer text <p>​The UK is committed to promoting and protecting the right to Freedom of Religion or Belief across Iraq. The importance of religious tolerance and diversity was a major subject of discussion during the visit of Iraqi President, Barham Salih, to the UK in June, and in my meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Al-Hakim on 25 June. To support the return of displaced members of Iraq's Christian communities, we have committed £23.15 million to the UN's Funding Facility for Stabilisation which is helping Iraq to rebuild territory, including predominately Christian areas, liberated from Daesh.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-30T14:44:13.617Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-30T14:44:13.617Z
answering member
1466
label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
tabling member
4635
label Biography information for Eddie Hughes remove filter
1146195
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-25more like thismore than 2019-09-25
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 remove filter
hansard heading West Africa: Religious Freedom 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 his Department is taking to help tackle religious oppression against (a) Christians and (b) other religious groups in (i) Burkina Faso and (ii) other parts of West Africa. more like this
tabling member constituency Walsall North more like this
tabling member printed
Eddie Hughes more like this
uin 291144 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-30more like thismore than 2019-09-30
answer text <p>​The UK is deeply concerned about the security deterioration in Burkina Faso and the Sahel, including attacks in recent months against religious minorities. We are committed to working with all partners, including Burkina Faso and other countries in West Africa, to protect freedom of religion and belief for all. As the UK increases its work to encourage stability and prosperity in the Sahel, we will continue being vocal champions for the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Pendle more like this
answering member printed Andrew Stephenson more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-30T14:46:04.41Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-30T14:46:04.41Z
answering member
4044
label Biography information for Andrew Stephenson more like this
tabling member
4635
label Biography information for Eddie Hughes remove filter
1147424
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-10-01more like thismore than 2019-10-01
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 remove filter
hansard heading Persecution of Christians Across the Globe Independent Review 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, with reference to the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians, what progress he has made with his counterparts at the UN on enhancing the protections afforded to (a) Christians and (b) other minority religions in the Middle East. more like this
tabling member constituency Walsall North more like this
tabling member printed
Eddie Hughes more like this
uin 292976 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-10-07more like thismore than 2019-10-07
answer text <p>The persecution of Christians and other minority groups in the Middle East, remains of profound concern to us. The British Government is strongly committed to standing up for Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) all over the world, including the Middle East. This commitment was reiterated by the Prime Minister in a statement Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon delivered on his behalf on 22 August, as well as by the UK Delegation to the OSCE on 19 September, and most recently in Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon's statement on 27 September at the UN General Assembly.</p><p>Bishop Philip’s report has identified specific steps the British Government can take to address the issues faced by persecuted Christians around the world. We have accepted the recommendations in full and Rehman Chishti, MP, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for FoRB, is overseeing their implementation. This work will include exploring how best to deliver a new UN Security Council Resolution on protecting Christians and other minorities in North Africa and the Middle East.</p>
answering member constituency South Derbyshire more like this
answering member printed Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-10-07T11:54:25.677Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-07T11:54:25.677Z
answering member
4053
label Biography information for Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
tabling member
4635
label Biography information for Eddie Hughes remove filter
1147425
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-10-01more like thismore than 2019-10-01
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 remove filter
hansard heading Persecution of Christians across the Globe Independent Review 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, when the Cabinet plans to discuss the recommendations of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians. more like this
tabling member constituency Walsall North more like this
tabling member printed
Eddie Hughes more like this
uin 292977 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-10-07more like thismore than 2019-10-07
answer text <p>​Work has begun to implement the recommendations from the Bishop of Truro's Review in a way that will bring real improvements in the lives of those persecuted because of their faith or belief. In accordance with the Bishop's recommendation, the former Foreign Secretary wrote to Ministerial counterparts to ask them to take note of the Review's recommendations. We are now considering how we might best take forward a Cabinet discussion of Freedom of Religion or Belief in a way that galvanises cross-governmental action on this issue.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South Derbyshire more like this
answering member printed Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-10-07T15:35:49.843Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-07T15:35:49.843Z
answering member
4053
label Biography information for Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
tabling member
4635
label Biography information for Eddie Hughes remove filter