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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Western Sahara: Business (12 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: ​I refer my honorable friend to my previous answer (PQ138353) and reiterate that HMG does not provide legal advice to private companies in relation to their commercial activities. It is for companies to take their own decisions on whether to do business in Western Sahara.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Overseas Aid (12 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: We are deeply concerned about the numbers of displaced people in Southern Syria and are supporting this population through our humanitarian programmes, working closely with the UN and the Jordanian authorities. We are continually assessing the impact of events on the ground, and engaging with the Jordanian authorities on options for ensuring the protection of civilians. We also welcome...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Refugees (12 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: We are at the forefront of the humanitarian response to the Syria crisis, providing life-saving support to millions of Syrians, supporting refugees to remain in countries in the region, and enabling their host communities to accommodate them. Since 2012, across Syria and the region, UK support has delivered over 27 million food rations, 12 million medical consultations, 10 million relief...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Department for International Development: Serco (12 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: DFID has no record of any current contracts with the Serco. Details of DFID contracts above the OJEU threshold are published on Contracts Finder. Contracts published prior to 26 February 2015 can be viewed at: https://data.gov.uk/data/contracts-finder-archive. Those published after 26 February 2015 can be viewed at: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Syria: Refugees (12 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: The UK is concerned at the severity and scale of violations of freedom of religion or belief in the Middle East, and the continuation of violent extremism. We are committed to ensuring that our humanitarian assistance is delivered without discrimination, in accordance with the humanitarian principles, and based on need alone. The situation of minority communities is taken into account by our...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iraq: Armed Conflict (11 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: ​We assess that Daesh, including through dispersing fighters, remain a serious threat to the stability of the region and our common security. As a consequence we continue to work closely with the Global Coalition Against Daesh, and European and regional partners, to lower the risk posed by fighters in the region.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Gulf States: Overseas Aid (11 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: ​The Gulf Integrated Activity Fund transferred to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at the start of the 2018-2019 financial year. It remains a cross Whitehall fund.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Gulf States: Overseas Aid (11 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: ​The Integrated Activity Fund is intended to facilitate integration and coordination across Government departments with an interest in the Gulf. As such, many of the programmes involve multiple departmental interests and it is not possible to disaggregate accurately between departments in all cases.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Gulf States: Overseas Aid (11 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: The Integrated Activity Fund has not received funding from the Official Development Assistance budget.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Gaza and West Bank: Capital Punishment (11 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: ​The UK welcomes the Palestinian signature of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as an important step towards the abolition of the death penalty. We are aware of the use of the death penalty by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The UK continues to oppose the use of the death penalty in all circumstances and works towards global abolition of...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Tuberculosis (11 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: The Department for International Development is playing a proactive role in shaping the content of the outcome document for the forthcoming UNGA High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis, which is still being negotiated. The UK’s position is that the outcome document must be consistent with agreed international treaties on intellectual property rights, notably TRIPS and the Doha Declaration on...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Poliomyelitis (11 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: The Global Polio Eradication Initiative has been an extraordinary success story with cases being reduced from 350,000 a year in 125 countries in 1988, to 22 last year with only 3 countries not yet declared polio-free. The UK has supported this effort with a current spend of £453 million since 2010, and a cumulative investment of £1.3 billion since 1988. The UK continues to be a...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Burma: Internally Displaced People (11 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: DFID Burma allocated 4.8% of its 2017/18 bilateral programme budget and 8.1% of its 2018/2019 bilateral programme budget to support internally displaced people in Kachin and Shan States.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen: Armed Conflict (10 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: Following the start of military action by Coalition-backed forces to take Hodeidah port back from Houthi militia, the previous Foreign Secretary made a statement on 13 June in which he called on all parties to respect International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and prioritise the protection of civilians. We regularly raise the importance of compliance with IHL with the Saudi-led Coalition at all...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen: Armed Conflict (10 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: We continue to support UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, in his efforts to negotiate a political settlement and we encourage the partners to engage with his proposals. We are in regular contact with the Coalition about the need to ensure that any military operations in and around Hodeidah are conducted in accordance with international humanitarian law, including on the protection...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Gulf States: Overseas Aid (10 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: The Gulf Integrated Activity Fund (IAF) was introduced in the 2015 Spending Round and spending commenced in Financial Year 16/17 to enable activity when funding from core departmental, or other sources, cannot be made available to service the British Government's Gulf Strategy. It is intended to support the delivery of flexible, cross-cutting and sustained investment in the region. The IAF...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Saudi Arabia: Human Rights (10 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: The UK is very concerned about the recent arrests and detentions of human rights activists in Saudi Arabia. The previous Foreign Secretary and I have raised our concerns with the Saudi authorities. We will continue to do so at every appropriate opportunity.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Members: Correspondence (10 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: A response has been sent.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: Palestinians (10 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: ​We frequently discuss the urgent need for a resolution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict with a range of international partners most recently on 26 June. I discussed prospects for peace with Kuwait’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Khaled Suleiman Al-Jarallah. The Government also has regular exchanges with European ministers on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the monthly EU...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iraq: Kurds (10 Jul 2018)

Alistair Burt: No assessment has been made on Russian influence in negotiations between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraqi Government.


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