Results 1–20 of 6563 for speaker:Alan Duncan

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Antarctic: Marine Protected Areas (27 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: The UK is a global leader on Antarctic marine protection issues, including within the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). At its next meeting in October, CCAMLR will consider UK co-sponsored proposals for establishing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the East Antarctic and Weddell Sea. CCAMLR ensures that fish stocks in the Southern Ocean are...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Colombia: Human Rights and Religious Freedom (25 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: I am concerned by levels of violence against human rights defenders and community leaders, which includes some religious leaders. We believe religious leaders have been targeted for their role as community leaders, and not primarily because of their faith. Colombia is designated a Human Rights Priority Country by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Our concerns about human rights were...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ukraine: Military Aid (25 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: The UK is absolutely clear in its rejection of Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. The British Government regularly highlights, publically and multilaterally, Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea and human rights abuses towards those who oppose the illegal annexation. In public statements, including the UK statement at the recent UN Human Rights Council, our bilateral contacts with Russia...

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: My right hon. Friend the Minister for the Middle East is travelling. I hope that the House will appreciate that Syria does not fall within my ministerial responsibilities, but I will of course endeavour to answer the urgent question and the questions that follow as best I can. The situation in Syria is of course a humanitarian catastrophe. Over 400,000 people have been killed, and half of...

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: I absolutely commend the hon. Lady, both for her question today and for the fact that she recently personally visited the region, along with my hon. Friend the Member for Isle of Wight (Mr Seely). She has thus seen at first hand what is going on, and speaks with authority in asking this urgent question. There is no difference, I think, across the House; we all share a deep, basic human...

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. He of course was at the forefront of the initial aid effort in Syria, when he was Secretary of State for International Development and I was his hard-worked minion in that Department, at the beginning of the conflict. He is absolutely right that we have to maintain access for humanitarian efforts. We have so far committed £2.71 billion in...

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: I echo the right hon. Lady’s expressions of concern about the fires in Greece and the floods in Laos. She is of course absolutely right. We are all very saddened to learn that a country to which so many of our own citizens go at this time of year has already suffered 50 deaths as a result of raging fires in this period of very dry weather. I omitted to respond to the hon. Member for...

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: First, I pay enormous tribute to Jordan not only for helping with the extraction of the White Helmets, but for being prepared to take some of them, along with many tens, even hundreds of thousands of Syrian citizens, who, over the last few years, have gone to the likes of Jordan and Lebanon. Without the generosity of such neighbours, many, many people would be caught in the conflict by having...

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: The hon. Gentleman is slightly unreasonable in saying that our predictions have to be reliable, in the way that he describes, as if it were entirely in our gift. We are dealing with a horrid, ghastly international conflict in which we are a player, in some ways, but we are not there on the ground in a way that can influence things as he wants. However, there is one area on which I strongly...

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. From the very beginning of this conflict, when we were looking at so many displaced people, a significant fraction of the humanitarian aid—or at least, the DFID budget spending—went to surrounding countries that were so generously accommodating to those who had fled, so it is inevitable that a large part of that budget will continue to go to...

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: The hon. Gentleman is very well experienced in this area and speaks with authority in the House. A lot of what the Russians have done is absolutely contemptible. They have continued close military co-operation with the regime, in spite of the atrocities committed by it, including the use of chemical weapons. To go back to what we were discussing earlier, they have demonised the White Helmets...

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: My hon. Friend, like other right hon. and hon. Members, is absolutely right to point out the dangers that face Idlib if, as it were, the forces of evil drive towards it and we see renewed conflict there. The international community has to focus very heavily on Idlib and make sure that it is not subjected to the kind of military assault that we must at all costs work together to avoid.

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: We have already offered places to some of the White Helmets and, in the past, if I am right, we have offered 20,000 Syrians resettlement opportunities in the UK. We are working, and will continue to work, with non-governmental organisations that will, as the hon. Gentleman rightly points out, have vulnerable people delivering humanitarian aid in Syria. It is essential that we know where they...

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: The House and our voters can be rightly proud of what we have done since the beginning of this conflict seven years ago. Up to the end of March this year, we had resettled more than 11,000 refugees through the vulnerable persons resettlement scheme. We will also resettle up to 3,000 children and their families from the middle east under the vulnerable children resettlement scheme; up to the...

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: We will work with our international partners to do whatever we can. The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right about barrel bombs and chemical weapons. We have condemned their use and, as I said, have been at the forefront of strengthening the authority, power and reach of the OPCW in attributing any use of chemical weapons. This is not an easy issue to address. We agree that Idlib is...

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: I hear what the hon. Gentleman says about the Kurds and I will convey his views straightaway to my right hon. Friend, who I am sure will be in touch with him, as he has been already in the past.

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: I have already explained to the House the quantum, if you like, which over the past few years has totalled £2.71 billion. It takes all sorts of forms—medical, vaccines, relief packages of food, water and so on to meet the basic needs of any human life or existence—but as always with humanitarian aid in a conflict, rather than a famine, the problem is access and humanitarian...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Catalonia: Sovereignty (24 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: Holding answer received on 23 July 2018 The issue of Catalan independence is a matter for Spain.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bridges: English Channel (24 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: Holding answer received on 23 July 2018 This is a matter for the Department of Transport.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: France: Foreign Relations (24 Jul 2018)

Alan Duncan: Holding answer received on 23 July 2018 I refer the Hon. Member to my response to PQ 130582; we continue productive discussions with our French colleagues on the terms of reference and membership of the Group and hope to hold its first meeting soon.

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