Results 1–20 of 756 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Mark Field

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Welsh Language (26 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides a number of digital services aimed at customers in the UK and overseas. These are currently in English only.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong: Politics and Government (26 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: I have not spoken to Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, since she took office on 1 July. However our Consul General to Hong Kong and Macao, Mr Andrew Heyn OBE, met Carrie Lam on 19 April following her election victory of 26 March. The Foreign Secretary issued a Written Ministerial Statement to the House on 29 June to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pressure Groups: Environment (26 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: We support the right and ability of civil society, including those focusing on land rights and the environment, to operate freely and hold both Governments and businesses to account. Our National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights reasserts our commitment to promote the protection of human rights defenders active on such issues from any act of intimidation.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong and Macao: Foreign Relations (26 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: ​I held a meeting with our Consul General to Hong Kong and Macao, Mr Andrew Heyn OBE, on 12 July. We discussed the latest situation in Hong Kong, as well as my plans to visit Hong Kong later this year.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong: Foreign Relations (26 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: ​I plan to visit Hong Kong later this year and while there will look to meet with Legislative Council members from a range of parties. As part of his normal duties, our Consul General to Hong Kong and Macao, Mr Andrew Heyn OBE, meets with members of the Legislative Council. I have, however, not met any members of the Legislative Council since my appointment and nor has the Foreign Secretary.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff (26 Jul 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 support this agenda but do not necessarily have the word...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Tibet: Human Rights (26 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: ​We continue to raise our concerns about the human rights situation in Tibet with the Chinese authorities on a regular basis. We most recently raised our concerns about Tibet at the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue held in Beijing on 27 June. The Foreign Secretary also raised the issue with the Chinese Government at the UK/China Strategic dialogue in December 2016.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Capital Punishment (26 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: The UK opposes the death penalty in all circumstances and we make our opposition well known at the highest levels to countries which continue to apply it. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office works closely with leading human rights organisations to promote abolition of the death penalty globally. The FCO draws on data from Amnesty International which reports on the numbers of executions...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Oil (25 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: The British Embassy in China meets regularly with the Chinese Government and a range of stakeholders, including businesses, to inform policy development on a wide range of topics, including the exploration of oil. The British Embassy has held a number of recent discussions with China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) and the China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) to discuss...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North Korea: Nuclear Weapons (25 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: The Democratic People's Republic of North Korea (DPRK) has never performed a nuclear launch. However on 4 July, the DPRK announced their 12th missile test of 2017 as the first successful launch of a 'Hwasong 14 Inter Continental Ballistic Missile'. In a statement on 4 July, and in a subsequent press conference in Japan on 21 July, the Foreign Secretary condemned the launch as a further...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Korea and USA: Joint Exercises (20 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: ​The British Government works closely with the US and ROK on security, intelligence and defence issues. We fully support the ROK's right to defend itself. This includes its right to hold legitimate military exercises with its partners.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North Korea: South Korea (20 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: The British Government strongly supports international efforts to achieve a secure and stable Korean Peninsula. The UK continues to urge the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes which threaten regional stability and international peace and security. The UK has made clear that we would support a return to dialogue...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Tibet: Human Rights (20 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: ​As an EU Member State the UK contributed to preparations for the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue. The rights of religious and ethnic groups in Tibet and across China were raised at the last EU-China Human Rights Dialogue on 22 June. The UK continues to have concerns about human rights and freedoms in Tibet. We consistently urge the Chinese authorities to respect all fundamental rights...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Scholarships (19 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has funded Chevening and Marshall Scholarship programmes throughout this period and has previously part-funded the Commonwealth Scholarship Programme which since 2009 has been primarily delivered by the Department for International Development (DfID). All three scholarship programmes are key instruments of UK soft power and support our foreign policy...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Taiwan: World Health Organisation (19 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: The British Government was disappointed that Taiwan was not permitted to observe the World Health Assembly this year. We will continue to make the UK position clear: we support Taiwanese participation in international organisations where there is precedent for involvement, where Taiwan can contribute to the global good, and where there is no pre-requisite of nationhood for participation....

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Kashmir: Politics and Government (19 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: I am concerned about reports of ongoing unrest and violence in India-administered Kashmir. The FCO continues to closely monitor the situation. The long standing position of the UK is that it is for India and Pakistan to find a lasting resolution to the situation in Kashmir, taking into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people. It is not for the UK to prescribe a solution or to act as a mediator.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Democracy (18 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: Allies, in a strict legal sense, are those states with whom the UK has a Treaty-based commitment to militarily assist each other in the event of an armed attack. As such I can confirm that all of the UK’s allies are governed by forms of parliamentary or other representative democracy.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Papua: Crimes against Humanity (18 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: ​We have received no formal representations on this issue. Nationally we follow the political situation in West Papua closely and raise human rights concerns, wherever we have them, with the Indonesians.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Liu Xiaobo (17 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: As the Foreign Secretary stated on 13 July, we are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Liu Xiaobo. He was a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and lifelong campaigner for democracy, human rights and peace. His death is a huge loss and our thoughts are with his wife, Liu Xia, his wider family, friends and supporters. I raised the case of Liu Xiaobo directly with the Chinese Ambassador on 5 July,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: India: British Nationals Abroad (17 Jul 2017)

Mark Field: As throughout this case, we continue to raise the case with the Indian authorities at all levels. The case was most recently raised by the Prime Minister with Indian Prime Minister Modi at the G20 Summit in Hamburg last week. We appreciate the impact this prolonged separation of six families is having and that the wait for a verdict is increasing the stress and financial strain on them. We...


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