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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Trade Agreements (20 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: A significant proportion of FCO officials, both in the UK and overseas, have worked on roles relevant to the prosperity agenda, within which international trade is included. The FCO is also investing further to equip its and other HMG staff with the necessary skills through the Trade Policy and Negotiations Faculty of the Diplomatic Academy​.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Gender: Equality (20 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: The Foreign Secretary appointed Joanna Roper as the FCO Special Envoy for Gender Equality in February 2017 and she started in her role in April . He has regular contact with her in connection with this.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: LGBT People: Human Rights (20 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: The promotion and protection of LGBT rights is a UK foreign policy priority. We have no current plans to appoint a Special Envoy to work exclusively on LGBT rights. However, addressing this issue is a key part of the work of the FCO's Special Envoy for Gender Equality, Joanna Roper, who took up the position in April. My Ministerial colleagues and I - and indeed every one of our Ambassadors...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Gao Zhisheng (20 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: We are deeply concerned about the case of Gao Zhisheng, particularly after his reported disappearance in August. We are continuing to seek further information about his whereabouts and his condition. We raised Mr Gao’s case with the Chinese authorities in a list of ‘cases of concern’ ahead of the UK/China Human Rights Dialogue in June 2017. My officials met Gao...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Christianity (18 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: We are concerned about continuing reports of abuses against religious minorities in Pakistan. The Government strongly condemns the persecution of all minorities, including the targeting of innocent people based on their beliefs. We regularly raise our concerns about the protection of minority communities with the Government of Pakistan at a senior level. The ​Foreign Secretary...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Environment Protection (17 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: There have been no recent discussions between the Foreign Secretary and his Chinese counterpart on retaining animal habitats in and around China. However our Embassy in Beijing is in regular discussions with the Chinese Government and local organisations regarding environmental issues and the Illegal Wildlife Trade.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Behavioural Insights Team (17 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has funded the Behavioural Insights Team to deliver the following projects since 2014: In 2015-16Opening Prosperity: Innovating Mexico's largest social development programme;Influencing Mexican public policy on security and justice with a focus on policing, justice and critical national infrastructure;Using behavioural insights to improve workplace...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Overseas Aid: Nature Conservation (17 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: Combating the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is a policy priority for the FCO. We work closely with Defra (as the policy lead), DFID and other government departments to bring the full range of HMG levers to tackling the trade. These three departments will co-host an international IWT conference in London 2018. A ministerial steering group which includes Ministers from Defra, DFID and FCO, has...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Trade Agreements (17 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: Building the UK’s prosperity is a key priority for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). Our network of Posts overseas work to deliver the goals of the whole of Government, including in support of the objectives of the Department for International Trade. A significant proportion of FCO officials, both in the UK and overseas, have worked on roles relevant to the prosperity agenda,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nepal: Religious Freedom (16 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: The Constitution of Nepal guarantees freedom of religion and belief under article 26 (1) as a fundamental right. However sub-article 3 and the new 2017 Penal Code include provisions which could limit that right. I raised the importance of ensuring freedom of religion and belief in line with international obligations and standards when I met the Nepali Ambassador on 9 October. The British...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North Korea: Guided Weapons (16 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: The Foreign Secretary has not discussed this issue with Prime Minister Abe. However, following the 15 September launch the Foreign Secretary spoke to his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono and Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi. The Foreign Secretary and I have had regular contact with our US, Chinese, South Korean, Japanese and EU counterparts over the past month, including at the UN General...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nepal: Religion (16 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: The reforms to Nepal's 2017 National Penal Code require most religious groups to register as non-governmental organisations. However, non-governmental organisations in Nepal are not permitted to promote or preach religion. This risks threatening freedom of religious expression. I raised my concerns about freedom of religious expression with the Ambassador of Nepal on 9 October with...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Diplomatic Service: Tobacco (16 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: The Government has standing instructions to all diplomatic staff to follow the revised December 2013 guidelines on interactions with tobacco companies. We remind staff at diplomatic posts of these guidelines and their implications for our work overseas annually, most recently in May 2017.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Diplomatic Service: Tobacco (16 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: The Government has standing instructions to all diplomatic staff to follow the revised December 2013 guidelines on interactions with tobacco companies. In line with this guidance, assistance may be offered to counter discriminatory practices. The Government does not catalogue the representations it makes on behalf of companies.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Capital Punishment: Homosexuality (16 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: The UK has a long standing policy of opposing the death penalty in all circumstances. This was reflected in the UK's support for the Resolution on the Death Penalty at the thirty sixth session of the Human Rights Council in September 2017. The UK Permanent Representation engaged with a broad cross-section of the Council's membership on the Resolution. This included engagement with the US...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Human Rights (16 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: The UK co-sponsored the resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in March this year which set up a Fact Finding Mission to look into the human rights situation in Burma, following the events in Rakhine State in October 2016. At the Human Rights Council in Geneva in September, the UK took part in an Interactive Dialogue with the Fact Finding Mission and supported the resolution to extend the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Sanctions (16 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: Ministers are actively discussing the situation in Rakhine with a number of foreign counterparts. We have also raised Rakhine three times at the UN Security Council since 25 August. We continue to consider with other Council members what further action can be taken to press the Burmese Government to resolve the situation in Rakhine and ensure the safe return of the displaced Rohingya from...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: British American Tobacco (16 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: Her Majesty’s Government continues to engage with the Government of Bangladesh over what is, in our view, discriminatory action against a British company. Guidance was issued in December 2013 to assist compliance with the World Health Organisation’s Frame​work Convention on Tobacco Control and we have observed the guidelines for support to the tobacco industry at all times.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: International Assistance: Security (16 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: As the Foreign Secretary stated in his written ministerial statement of 26 January 2017, we remain confident that the new OSJA process remains the most comprehensive and demanding tool of its type anywhere in the world. In countries where HMG is regularly engaged in security and justice assistance, the relevant diplomatic mission maintains an in-country assessment and provides it to all...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Overseas Aid: Human Rights (16 Oct 2017)

Mark Field: ​ The Government applies its Overseas Security and Justice Assistance (OSJA) guidance to ensure that such assistance meets its human rights obligations and values. This guidance was revised and re-published in January 2017. As the Foreign Secretary stated in his written ministerial statement of 26 January 2017, we remain confident that the new OSJA process remains the most...


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