Results 1–20 of 3804 for speaker:Mark Field

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Elections (18 May 2018)

Mark Field: The UK is supporting election monitoring in the run up to the general election in Bangladesh through a Department for International Development project that funds domestic observers to monitor the political environment around the election, including observation of Sub-national elections. The project will also provide local observers to monitor conduct on election day. We have not yet received...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Christianity (17 May 2018)

Mark Field: The British Ambassador raised the UK's concerns about the treatment of civilians in Kachin State during the current military offensive in his meeting with the Commander in Chief of Burma's military on 3 May. In a statement published on gov.uk on 11 May the Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific expressed concern about the latest military offensive in Kachin and called on the Burmese...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Election Observers (16 May 2018)

Mark Field: ​The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) funds the participation of UK election observers in election observation missions overseas where it judges that it is in the UK national interest to do so and where it is safe to do so. Details of this expenditure are not held centrally because decisions are made by individual FCO departments. It would therefore be disproportionately costly to...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Human Rights (16 May 2018)

Mark Field: The British Government works closely with the Government of Bangladesh on these critical issues. Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking were discussed at the UK-Bangladesh Strategic Dialogue, and at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, this April which Prime Minister Hasina attended. The Secretary of State for International Development, raised these issues with Government of Bangladesh...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Rohingya (16 May 2018)

Mark Field: The UK's Permanent Representative to the United Nations made representations on the treatment of the Rohingya to senior members of Burma's Government during the UN Security Council's visit to Burma of 30 April to 1 May. The British Ambassador to Burma met Commander in Chief of Burma's military on 3 May and urged him to accept an inquiry with international involvement into the human rights...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: India: Diplomatic Relations (15 May 2018)

Mark Field: The UK’s relations with India remain excellent, as demonstrated by Prime Minister Modi’s hugely successful visit in UK. We share a longstanding and deep friendship with India, and a ‘living bridge’ connecting our people. To be frank, I am keen we focus less on legacy and nostalgia and more on the future relationship between our two countries, including the new UK-India...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Myanmar: Rakhine and Kachin (15 May 2018)

Mark Field: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary raised concerns about the treatment of the Rohingya of Rakhine in a meeting in Naypyidaw with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on 11 February. I reiterated those messages when I summoned the Burmese ambassador on 6 March. Moreover, I called for the Burmese military to show restraint and protect civilians in Kachin on both 28 April and, most...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Myanmar: Rakhine and Kachin (15 May 2018)

Mark Field: The hon. Lady will be well aware—she touched on this—of the idea of universal jurisdiction, but that is not in place at present. Of course, I am very happy to meet, along with her, the representatives of the Rohingya community, as I have done before. The UK is a staunch supporter of the ICC and we remain committed to working with all our international partners to secure justice...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Myanmar: Rakhine and Kachin (15 May 2018)

Mark Field: I thank my hon. Friend for all the work that she does on this. Like many Members throughout the House, I have been absolutely appalled by the reports of extensive sexual violence in Rakhine, including in graphic and harrowing testimonies on television programmes on both Channel 4 and BBC 2 in the last two evenings. I reassure her and the House that UK aid is already providing comprehensive...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Myanmar: Rakhine and Kachin (15 May 2018)

Mark Field: I fully appreciate those grave concerns. As the hon. Gentleman rightly says, the issue of the Rohingya is not one that has emerged only since last August. In many cases, it goes back to the late 1970s. There have been various episodes leading to this, and as he rightly points out, the risk is that it will have an impact on forthcoming generations. We will continue to work with all our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Myanmar: Rakhine and Kachin (15 May 2018)

Mark Field: I know that my hon. Friend takes a strong interest in these matters. It is important to recognise that, although we were at the forefront of stopping support for the Burmese military last September, there has been a military dictatorship since 1962, and it is for our diplomats on the ground in Naypyidaw and Rangoon to identify the elements—and there will be elements—in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Myanmar: Rakhine and Kachin (15 May 2018)

Mark Field: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question. I know that there has been a great deal of co-operation with the Opposition Front-Bench team. We all recognise that these are terrible issues on which the UK political parties, irrespective of colour, need to work together on behalf of the international community. We are awaiting the ICC’s decision on whether it has jurisdiction over the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (15 May 2018)

Mark Field: I thank my hon. Friend for his thoughts. The recent election in Malaysia was historic: the outcome, while a surprise, represents a genuine victory for democracy and is a testament to the Malaysian people. Our relationship with Malaysia is of course both deep and long-lasting, and I look forward to working closely with the new Prime Minister and his Government on many of our shared interests.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Terrorism (14 May 2018)

Mark Field: ​Tackling terrorism in South Asia is regularly discussed with partners, including our NATO Allies. During the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels on 27 April, the Foreign Secretary discussed the issue of terrorist groups operating in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, the implications they have for regional security, and the ongoing efforts to tackle them.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Official Cars (14 May 2018)

Mark Field: ​No civil servant in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been allocated an official car or a driver.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Elections (14 May 2018)

Mark Field: ​The UK is supporting election monitoring in Bangladesh by funding short and long term domestic observers through a Department for International Development programme. We have not to date received any request from the Bangladesh Government to deploy our own election monitors. We shall continue to engage with the Government of Bangladesh, the Election Commission and political parties on...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Politics and Government (14 May 2018)

Mark Field: ​I remain concerned that the imprisonment of Khaleda Zia, the main opposition leader in Bangladesh, impedes an effective dialogue between the main parties and could increase the risk of violence around the election which as a consequence may not be fully participatory. The Foreign Secretary met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Ali during his visit to Bangladesh from 9...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Elections (14 May 2018)

Mark Field: ​The FCO is keen to see accurate voter registration lists compiled and updated throughout Bangladesh in advance of the forthcoming general election, this is why we have called on the Government of Bangladesh and opposition parties to allow the Election Commission to carry out its important work independently and free of political interference.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Elections (14 May 2018)

Mark Field: ​I met Foreign Minister Ali on 19 April in the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and during a 30 minute long meeting we discussed amongst other issues the importance of free, fair and participatory elections in Bangladesh.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sri Lanka: Human Rights (11 May 2018)

Mark Field: I [Mr Field] met Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Marapana on 18 April in the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. We discussed the progress made by Sri Lanka against its international commitments, and I set out the British Government's view that there is much remaining to be done, and we have been disappointed by the pace of change. The UK led a strong joint statement at the...


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