Desmond Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received from the Centre of Alternative Technology on the contents of his proposed Clean Growth Plan; and if he will make a statement.
Desmond Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the Clean Growth Plan.
Desmond Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the adequacy of insurance cover held by Kensington and Chelsea Council to meet the costs of the consequences of the Grenfell Tower fire; and if he will make a statement.
Desmond Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Forestry Commission is taking to reduce potential conflicts of interest arising from contracts to carry out wetland restoration projects; and if she will make a statement.
Desmond Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the new high commissioner for St Lucia will be accredited to the Court of St James.
Desmond Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will visit the New Forest to see the effect of wetland restorations.
Desmond Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average processing time is for claims for the return of driving licences withdrawn on medical grounds; and if he will make a statement.
Desmond Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to the public purse of the Latchmore Wetland Restoration Project in the New Forest.
Desmond Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the habitats regulation assessment for the Latchmore Wetland Restoration Project in the New Forest.
Desmond Swayne: Direct financial aid to governments of recipient nations constituted 14%, 12% and 9% of DFID’s total programme expenditure for years 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 respectively. These are the three most recent years for which this data is currently available. General Budget Support reduced from 2.2% to 0.5% of DFID’s total programme expenditure over the same period.
Desmond Swayne: Syria is the world’s biggest and most urgent humanitarian crisis. 13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and four in five Syrians live in poverty. The UN estimates that since the crisis began life expectancy among Syrians has dropped by more than 20 years, from 79.5 years to 55.7 years. Significant contributory factors include death rates due to the conflict...
Desmond Swayne: The Government intends to publish the outcome of the Civil Society Review, Multilateral Aid Review and Bilateral Aid Review in the early summer.
Desmond Swayne: Syria is the world’s biggest and most urgent humanitarian crisis. Attacks on civilians and violations of International Humanitarian Law are commonplace, and these have included attacks on camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). The UN estimates that there are 6.6 million IDPs in Syria, which is almost half of all those in need of humanitarian assistance inside the country. The UK...
Desmond Swayne: The Prime Minister has been clear that the negotiation for Britain's future relationship with Europe will need to begin under a new Prime Minister, and we have now got to look at all the detailed arrangements. In the meantime, Departments continue working to deliver the Government agenda.
Desmond Swayne: DFID has 2 HQ buildings in the UK, 22 Whitehall and Abercrombie House, East Kilbride. Both offices have a nursing mothers room and are equipped with baby changing facilities and fridges to allow the storage of baby milk.
Desmond Swayne: DFID supports staff wellbeing by encouraging people to work regular hours and ensures managers work with them to reprioritise work and avoid overtime. However, as a last resort, where overtime is necessary e.g. to help cope with exceptional or seasonal pressure, the Department either offers time off in lieu (TOIL) or overtime payments for staff up to Grade 6. There are no additional incentives.
Desmond Swayne: The UK continues to press for sustained humanitarian access to all besieged and hard to reach areas in Syria. We are a core member of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), which demanded in May that the Asad regime allow land access to all besieged areas from 1 June, or the international community would call on the World Food Programme (WFP) to carry out humanitarian airdrops to those...
Desmond Swayne: We are aware of the El Nino induced drought affecting some regions of the Philippines. The Department for International Development have also provided funding to the UK Met Office to provide technical assistance to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). The Philippines has a well-developed disaster management system that is appropriately...
Desmond Swayne: The UK is at the forefront of international efforts to support over 4.8 million Syrian refugees to remain in host countries in the region until it is safe to return to Syria, and to support host countries to accommodate them. As part of this, we are working in partnership with host countries to help them to expand job and education opportunities for refugees in a way that will enable them...
Desmond Swayne: The UK is at the forefront of the response to the Syria crisis. UK support is reaching hundreds of thousands of people affected in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. The UK has pledged over £2.3 billion, our largest ever response to a single humanitarian crisis. Spending money in the region builds people’s ability to cope where they are. For most refugees, their first...