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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-20more like thismore than 2019-06-20
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Armed Forces: Sexual Offences 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 Defence, what steps his Department is taking to tackle alleged sexual harassment in the Armed Forces. more like this
tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ross Thomson more like this
uin 267359 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
answer text <p>No one should have to work in an environment where they are sexually harassed or experience other forms of inappropriate behaviour which are clearly incompatible with the high values and standards we expect of our people. The Armed Forces are committed to addressing this issue through a range of activities, including surveys and climate assessments, awareness campaigns, and training around equality, diversity, inclusion and values. Addressing this type of behaviour is also a leadership issue and covered in leadership training modules. In addition, each unit in the Armed Forces has at least one trained Equality and Diversity Inclusion Adviser, who has a key role in advising the Commanding Officer on Equality Legislation and, where incidents occur, providing advice to those involved on the option of informal resolution of the matter or submission of a Service complaint.</p><p>We recognise the great courage it takes to come forward and report sexual harassment. Personnel who come forward can have full confidence that all allegations are thoroughly investigated.</p>
answering member constituency Bournemouth East more like this
answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-27T13:26:41.67Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-27T13:26:41.67Z
answering member
1487
label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
tabling member
4599
label Biography information for Ross Thomson remove filter
1078601
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-27more like thismore than 2019-02-27
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Christianity: Oppression 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, if he will convene an emergency international summit, hosted in London, to co-ordinate a response to the attacks on Christians around the world. more like this
tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ross Thomson more like this
uin 226721 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-06more like thismore than 2019-03-06
answer text <p>We British Government Ministers regularly raise our concerns about the persecution of religious minorities, including Christians, where this occurs. The Government works with a large number of NGOs, to help promote and protect freedom of religion or belief. We use information from a wide range of sources to inform our work. The Foreign Secretary has asked the Bishop of Truro to conduct an independent review of the persecution of Christians around the world to help inform this important area of our work to ensure it is targeted and effective. There are no plans to host an emergency international summit on this matter.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Cities of London and Westminster more like this
answering member printed Mark Field more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-06T15:39:10.183Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
answering member
1405
label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
tabling member
4599
label Biography information for Ross Thomson remove filter
1078604
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-27more like thismore than 2019-02-27
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Pakistan: Christianity 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 support his Department is providing to Christians on death row on charges of blasphemy in Pakistan . more like this
tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ross Thomson more like this
uin 226724 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-08more like thismore than 2019-03-08
answer text <p>It is the British Government's longstanding policy to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances and in all countries. We remain deeply concerned by the misuse of the blasphemy laws and the treatment of minority religious communities, including Christians, in Pakistan.</p><p>We regularly raise our human rights concerns with the Government of Pakistan at a senior level. Most recently my colleague Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, discussed the treatment of minority communities with Pakistan's Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari, during his visit to Pakistan on 18 and 19 February. At the UN Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan in November 2017, the UK pressed Pakistan to strengthen the protection of minorities and to explain the steps being taken to tackle the abuse of the blasphemy laws.</p><p>To ensure the United Kingdom is supporting Christians in the best possible way, the Foreign Secretary has commissioned an independent, global review of the support provided to Christians overseas. The Review will consider what additional practical steps the Foreign and Commonwealth Office can take to support persecuted Christians. It will be led by the Bishop of Truro, Rt Revd. Philip Mounstephen, and will make an initial report around Easter.</p>
answering member constituency Cities of London and Westminster more like this
answering member printed Mark Field more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-08T14:38:23.487Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-08T14:38:23.487Z
answering member
1405
label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
tabling member
4599
label Biography information for Ross Thomson remove filter
1078606
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-27more like thismore than 2019-02-27
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Burma: Christianity 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 he is taking to support the rights of Christian minorities in Burma. more like this
tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ross Thomson more like this
uin 226725 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-06more like thismore than 2019-03-06
answer text <p>The British Government continues to express out concern at restrictions on freedom of religion and belief in Burma. The Minister for the Commonwealth and the United Nations raised the UK's concerns about persecution faced by Christian and other minorities in Burma in his speech to the Human Rights Council in February 2018. The UK, working with the EU and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, secured a UN Human Rights Council Resolution on 27 September 2018 that called for the amending or repealing of discriminatory provisions of the &quot;protection of race and religion laws&quot; in Burma covering religious conversion, interfaith marriage, monogamy and population control. The British Ambassador met the Burmese Minister for Religious Affairs on 9 August 2018, and underlined the importance of interfaith dialogue.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Cities of London and Westminster more like this
answering member printed Mark Field more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-06T15:43:19.057Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-06T15:43:19.057Z
answering member
1405
label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
tabling member
4599
label Biography information for Ross Thomson remove filter
1133748
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-20more like thismore than 2019-06-20
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Female Genital Mutilation 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 the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to increase education and awareness of female genital mutilation in the UK. more like this
tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ross Thomson more like this
uin 267358 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
answer text <p>Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a crime and it is child abuse. The Government is clear that we will not tolerate a practice that can cause extreme and lifelong suffering to women and girls.</p><p>The Home Office’s FGM unit delivers nationwide outreach on FGM. The Unit is providing outreach support to local areas and working to raise awareness of resources available to professionals, including training, best practice examples and information on legislation and policy. Resources include an e-learning package, various communication materials such as leaflets and posters highlighting the legislation and health impacts of FGM, and an online resource pack for local areas.</p><p>We ran a communications campaign between October 2018 and February 2019 to tackle FGM. The campaign sought to prevent FGM by changing attitudes among affected communities through raising awareness of the negative long-term health consequences of FGM. The campaign also raised awareness that FGM is a crime and encouraged communities to report via the NSPCC’s FGM helpline. The campaign supported the objectives of the cross-government Violence Against Women and Girls strategy.</p><p>Earlier this year, the Home Office trained around 1,300 professionals across the country on FGM and forced marriage protection orders. The events raised awareness of the scope and effectiveness of the orders, along with a practical guide to applying, with the aim of encouraging professionals to always consider them in any safeguarding plans.</p>
answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-02T16:04:46.197Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T16:04:46.197Z
answering member
4399
label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
tabling member
4599
label Biography information for Ross Thomson remove filter
1092120
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-20more like thismore than 2019-03-20
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Dogs 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to provide companion dogs with the same protections as assistance dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. more like this
tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ross Thomson more like this
uin 234786 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-26more like thismore than 2019-03-26
answer text <p>The offence of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control (section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991) applies to attacks on other dogs, livestock and any other animals including companion dogs, as it does to attacks on people and assistance dogs.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>This is based on the judgement in the Court of Appeal in R v Gedminintaite [2008] EWCA Crim 814. This case has shown that consideration of a dog being dangerously out of control is not restricted to situations where a person is present.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-26T11:20:21.853Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T11:20:21.853Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley more like this
tabling member
4599
label Biography information for Ross Thomson remove filter
1134102
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
answering body
Prime Minister more like this
answering dept id 23 more like this
answering dept short name Prime Minister more like this
answering dept sort name Prime Minister more like this
hansard heading Germany: Foreign Relations more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Prime Minister, what meetings she held with the Chancellor of Germany between 1 and 6 July 2018. more like this
tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ross Thomson more like this
uin 268548 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
answer text <p>I hold meetings with other leaders regularly in order to further the UK’s foreign policy interests. Information about these meetings is in the public domain and can be found on the gov.uk website and in Hansard.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Maidenhead more like this
answering member printed Mrs Theresa May more like this
grouped question UIN
268549 more like this
268554 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-27T14:57:44.747Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-27T14:57:44.747Z
answering member
8
label Biography information for Mrs Theresa May more like this
tabling member
4599
label Biography information for Ross Thomson remove filter
1134103
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
answering body
Prime Minister more like this
answering dept id 23 more like this
answering dept short name Prime Minister more like this
answering dept sort name Prime Minister more like this
hansard heading European Union more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Prime Minister, what records were kept of meetings she held with European heads of state in the 12 months to 6 July 2018. more like this
tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ross Thomson more like this
uin 268549 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
answer text <p>I hold meetings with other leaders regularly in order to further the UK’s foreign policy interests. Information about these meetings is in the public domain and can be found on the gov.uk website and in Hansard.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Maidenhead more like this
answering member printed Mrs Theresa May more like this
grouped question UIN
268548 more like this
268554 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-27T14:57:44.793Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-27T14:57:44.793Z
answering member
8
label Biography information for Mrs Theresa May more like this
tabling member
4599
label Biography information for Ross Thomson remove filter
1078603
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-27more like thismore than 2019-02-27
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Middle East: Christianity 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, if he will co-ordinate an international effort to encourage Christians and other religious minorities who have left Iraq and Syria to return to those countries to rebuild their lives. more like this
tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ross Thomson more like this
uin 226723 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-08more like thismore than 2019-03-08
answer text <p>The UK supports the right of all Iraqi and Syrian refugees, regardless of religion, to return to their homes safely, voluntarily and in dignity, when conditions allow.</p><p>Syria is not currently an environment for safe, voluntary and dignified refugee return. We are calling for a negotiated political settlement to end the conflict and create the conditions for refugees to return.</p><p>During my visit to Iraq in January I raised the importance of voluntary returns of refugees and internationally displaced persons with representatives from the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. To help enable these returns, the UK has committed over £47 million to directly improve conditions in areas liberated from Daesh in Iraq, including an additional £6.9 million which I announced during my visit.</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 2019-03-08T12:43:49.367Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-08T12:43:49.367Z
answering member
1201
label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
tabling member
4599
label Biography information for Ross Thomson remove filter
1078607
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-27more like thismore than 2019-02-27
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Egypt: Christianity 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 he is taking to promote religious tolerance and justice for Coptic Christians in Egypt. more like this
tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ross Thomson more like this
uin 226726 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-08more like thismore than 2019-03-08
answer text <p>​We condemn the terrorist attacks targeting the Coptic community and continue to stand with Egypt against terrorism. We regularly raise our concerns over issues affecting Christians with the Egyptian Government and welcome President Sisi's consistent calls for peaceful coexistence. The Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, visited Cairo in November, where he reaffirmed our mutual commitment to freedom of religion or belief and held a roundtable with religious leaders at the Anglican Cathedral.</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 2019-03-08T11:59:18Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-08T11:59:18Z
answering member
1201
label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
tabling member
4599
label Biography information for Ross Thomson remove filter