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1151459
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star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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
unstar this property hansard heading British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty 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 his Department has made of the legal implications of the UN resolution on the future of the Chagos Islands. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
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Daniel Kawczynski remove filter
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
star this property answer text <p>The UN General Assembly (GA) resolution relates to an Advisory Opinion issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). Neither the ICJ Advisory Opinion nor the UN GA resolution are legally binding. Mauritius has never held sovereignty over BIOT and we do not recognise its claim. We have, however, made a long-standing commitment to cede sovereignty of the territory to Mauritius when it is no longer required for defence purposes. The British Government remains concerned that the referral to the ICJ contravened the principle that the Court should not consider bilateral disputes without the consent of both States concerned. It is notable in this context that in the UN GA, nearly 80 member states did not vote in favour of the resolution. The Government has considered the content of the Opinion carefully, however we do not share the Court’s approach. Any action in the UN GA that seeks to cut across a bilateral dispute by specifying how or when a non-binding Advisory Opinion might be implemented should be of concern to all Member States.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Tamworth more like this
star this property answering member printed Christopher Pincher more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 3687 more like this
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less than 2019-10-30T17:00:44.957Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-30T17:00:44.957Z
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star this property label Biography information for Christopher Pincher more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this
1151460
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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
unstar this property hansard heading British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty 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 steps he is taking to meet the six-month deadline set by the UN resolution on the future of the Chagos Islands. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
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Daniel Kawczynski remove filter
star this property uin 3687 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
star this property answer text <p>The UN General Assembly (GA) resolution relates to an Advisory Opinion issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). Neither the ICJ Advisory Opinion nor the UN GA resolution are legally binding. Mauritius has never held sovereignty over BIOT and we do not recognise its claim. We have, however, made a long-standing commitment to cede sovereignty of the territory to Mauritius when it is no longer required for defence purposes. The British Government remains concerned that the referral to the ICJ contravened the principle that the Court should not consider bilateral disputes without the consent of both States concerned. It is notable in this context that in the UN GA, nearly 80 member states did not vote in favour of the resolution. The Government has considered the content of the Opinion carefully, however we do not share the Court’s approach. Any action in the UN GA that seeks to cut across a bilateral dispute by specifying how or when a non-binding Advisory Opinion might be implemented should be of concern to all Member States.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Tamworth more like this
star this property answering member printed Christopher Pincher more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 3686 more like this
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less than 2019-10-30T17:00:45.003Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-30T17:00:45.003Z
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star this property label Biography information for Christopher Pincher more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this
1151462
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star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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
unstar this property hansard heading British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty 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, whether he plans to hold discussions with his Mauritian counterpart on proposals for co-management of the British Indian Ocean Territory. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
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Daniel Kawczynski remove filter
star this property uin 3689 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
star this property answer text <p>We have no doubt about our sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory, which has been under continuous British sovereignty since 1814. The United Kingdom remains committed to implementing the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea Arbitral Award of 2015. In line with the Award we will continue to approach discussions with Mauritius with an open mind about the best way to meet our obligations under the Award and to ensure proper conservation management of this unique marine environment.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Tamworth more like this
star this property answering member printed Christopher Pincher more like this
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less than 2019-10-30T17:03:20.543Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-30T17:03:20.543Z
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star this property label Biography information for Christopher Pincher more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this
1151463
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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
unstar this property hansard heading British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government’s policy is on claims the Maldives have made on the seabed around the British Indian Ocean Territory. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
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Daniel Kawczynski remove filter
star this property uin 3690 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
star this property answer text <p>We have no doubt about our sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory, which has been under continuous British sovereignty since 1814. As communicated to the UN Secretary-General at the time the Government considers that the submission of the Republic of the Maldives to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf of 28 July 2010 does not take into full account the 200 nautical mile Fisheries and Environment Zones of the British Indian Ocean Territory, both of which themselves respect boundaries agreed with the Maldives at a technical level. The United Kingdom is fully committed to formalising these boundaries with the Maldives at the earliest opportunity.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Tamworth more like this
star this property answering member printed Christopher Pincher more like this
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less than 2019-10-30T17:05:18.207Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-30T17:05:18.207Z
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star this property label Biography information for Christopher Pincher more like this
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1566
star this property label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this
1149011
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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
unstar this property hansard heading British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty 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 steps the Government is taking to maintain sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
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Daniel Kawczynski remove filter
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
star this property answer text <p>​The United Kingdom remains disappointed that Mauritius took its bilateral dispute with us over the sovereignty of BIOT (Chagos Archipelago) to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for an Advisory Opinion (AO). This is an inappropriate use of the ICJ Advisory Opinion mechanism and sets a dangerous precedent for other bilateral disputes. However, an AO is not a legally binding judgment, it is advice provided to the UN General Assembly at its request. And while the British Government respects the ICJ and has considered the content of the AO carefully, it does not share the Court's approach. No international tribunal has ever found UK sovereignty to be in doubt. We stand by our long-standing commitment to cede sovereignty of the territory to Mauritius when it is no longer required for defence purposes, but strongly refute Mauritius' claim that BIOT is part of Mauritius. In the UN General Assembly we have been clear that any action that potentially compromises the current or future operations of the joint defence facility on BIOT should be of real concern to all States, given the important role it plays in regional and global peace and security.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Tamworth more like this
star this property answering member printed Christopher Pincher more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T15:57:17.033Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T15:57:17.033Z
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4075
star this property label Biography information for Christopher Pincher more like this
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1566
star this property label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this
1149012
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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
unstar this property hansard heading Mauritius: Diplomatic Relations more like this
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25259
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, with reference to the address to the Mauritian Prime Minister at the UN General Assembly on 22 May 2019, what steps he has taken to improve diplomatic relations with Mauritius. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
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Daniel Kawczynski remove filter
star this property uin 116 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
star this property answer text <p>​Mauritius is a valued friend, trading partner and member of the Commonwealth. We are fully committed to our bilateral relationship. But we have been clear that Prime Minister Jugnauth's unjustified and incendiary remarks at the United Nations General Assembly in May were unacceptable. We have no doubt about our sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), which has been under continuous British sovereignty since 1814. Mauritius has never held sovereignty over BIOT and we do not recognise its claim. We have, however, made a long-standing commitment to cede sovereignty of BIOT to Mauritius when it is no longer required for defence purposes. We stand by that commitment.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Pendle more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Stephenson more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T13:40:40.66Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T13:40:40.66Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Stephenson more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this
1149013
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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
unstar this property hansard heading British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty more like this
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25259
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, which international legally binding agreements enshrine UK sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
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Daniel Kawczynski remove filter
star this property uin 117 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
star this property answer text <p>​We have no doubt about our sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), which has been under continuous British sovereignty since 1814. The 1965 United Kingdom – Mauritian Lancaster House Agreement was a freely negotiated package that expressed the consent of Mauritius to the detachment of the Chagos Archipelago in return for certain benefits, including a sum of £3 million and a United Kingdom commitment to cede the territory to Mauritius when it is no longer needed for defence purposes. Internationally, Mauritian Ministers reaffirmed the 1965 Agreement on several occasions, at the highest level. The 1965 agreement was held to be legally binding by a UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) arbitral tribunal in 2015.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Tamworth more like this
star this property answering member printed Christopher Pincher more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T16:02:50.23Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T16:02:50.23Z
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star this property label Biography information for Christopher Pincher more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this
1149014
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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
unstar this property hansard heading Diego Garcia: Military Bases more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the contribution made by the Diego Garcia military base towards US and UK operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
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Daniel Kawczynski remove filter
star this property uin 118 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
star this property answer text <p>​The joint United Kingdom-US defence facility on BIOT contributes significantly to global security. In a region facing growing threats from state and non-state actors, the strategic location of BIOT enables the US and the United Kingdom to better some of the most challenging threats in modern times.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Tamworth more like this
star this property answering member printed Christopher Pincher more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T16:05:13.967Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T16:05:13.967Z
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star this property label Biography information for Christopher Pincher more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this
1149015
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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
unstar this property hansard heading Diego Garcia: Military Bases 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 discuss the importance of the Diego Garcia military base with his US counterpart at the forthcoming NATO summit in December 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
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Daniel Kawczynski remove filter
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
star this property answer text <p>The details of meetings for the NATO summit have yet to be finalised. The joint United Kingdom-US defence facility on BIOT is the result of a uniquely close and active defence and security partnership between two long-standing allies. In a region facing growing threats from state and non-state actors, it helps keep people in Britain and around the world safe from some of the most challenging threats to international peace and security.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Tamworth more like this
star this property answering member printed Christopher Pincher more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T16:07:35.92Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T16:07:35.92Z
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star this property label Biography information for Christopher Pincher more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this
1149016
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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
unstar this property hansard heading British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty more like this
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25259
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 further discussions he has had with the 80 member states that did not vote in favour of the UN resolution on the future of the Chagos Islands. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
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Daniel Kawczynski remove filter
star this property uin 120 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-21more like thismore than 2019-10-21
star this property answer text <p>The British Government engages regularly with all members of the United Nations. Many of those member states that did not vote in favour of the UN resolution shared our concern that Mauritius had circumvented the principle that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) should consider bilateral disputes only with the consent of the relevant states. Furthermore, of the states that voted in favour of the resolution, some explained publicly that they had done so out of respect for the ICJ and not necessarily because they agreed with the substance of the resolution<strong>.</strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Tamworth more like this
star this property answering member printed Christopher Pincher more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T15:13:09.797Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T15:13:09.797Z
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star this property label Biography information for Christopher Pincher more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this