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Results 1–20 of 3017 for speaker:Mark Simmonds

Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2015)

Mark Simmonds: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for West Bromwich West (Mr Bailey), but he will not be surprised to hear that I did not agree with his analysis at all. I gently ask him to reflect on how he will explain to his constituents during the election campaign his party’s plans to reduce the deficit, because we got none of that detail during the shadow Chancellor’s contribution. It is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Murder Trials: British Nationals Abroad (22 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We provide a high level of support to families whose loved ones are murdered or on trial abroad, alongside UK police and specialist non-governmental organisations which we part-fund. Support can include providing additional information about local lawyers, accompanying families to meetings and attending trials at key points. We are currently reviewing what additional support is possible and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Murder Trials: British Nationals Abroad (22 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I am well aware that the hon. Gentleman has a particularly sensitive case in his constituency, but I can assure him that we look at the individual circumstances of every case and an assessment is made of vulnerability. We use NGOs such as Missing Abroad, which can help secure free or cheap flights. Also, we use NGOs to provide video conferencing facilities to enable loved ones to watch the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (22 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right to raise this concerning case. I reassure him that we are doing everything we can to ensure that the gentleman concerned gets consular access. I spoke to the Ethiopian Foreign Minister last Friday night, and my colleagues at the Department for International Development spoke to the Ethiopian Prime Minister. We continue to press the Ethiopian Government...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Government Diamond Office (22 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Further to my statement to Parliament on 12 March 2014, Official Report, column 27WS, I wish to inform the House that today the Government Diamond Office has amended its charging structure, bringing it into line with the Government’s best practice on charging for services. A public consultation on the review of the Government Diamond Office’s charging structure ran from 13 March to 27...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences (22 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Global Summit had two primary objectives: to agree practical action to tackle impunity for the use of rape as a weapon of war, and to begin to change global attitudes to these crimes. The Summit set in motion a series of unprecedented practical steps and commitments. In addition, it significantly raised the profile of this issue and placed it firmly on the international policy agenda....

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diego Garcia (22 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood), on 16 July. British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) immigration officials have reported that no other documents or files were lost or damaged.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diego Garcia (22 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood), on 16 July.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Kenya (22 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: FCO travel advice provides objective information and advice to help British nationals make better informed decisions about foreign travel. Our travel advice is reviewed regularly, and is updated if we are aware of an incident that might significantly affect Britons travelling or living in a particular area. We promote travel advice updates via e-mail alerts and on our social media channels....

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Montserrat (22 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The elected Government of Montserrat has devolved constitutional responsibility for planning regulations and environmental policies. The Montserrat Ministry of Health, Education, Community Services, Sports and Youth has the responsibility for securing the relevant planning permission for the project. The Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC) have been sub-contracted to deliver the project....

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Passports (22 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued 2,895 emergency travel documents in June 2013 and 5,235 in June 2014 (as at 16 July).

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Usa (22 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Member for Faversham and Mid Kent (Hugh Robertson), on 10 June 2014, Official Report, column 91W.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Ascension Island (21 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: At the present time, Ascension Island Government (AIG) assesses that there is a low risk of West Nile virus being introduced to Ascension Island from the United States. AIG continues to monitor the situation, and will keep its precautionary measures under review.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: British Indian Ocean Territory (21 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: 21 commercial tuna fishing licences were issued by the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) Administration in 2010, prior to the implementation of the Marine Protected Area. Copies will be placed in the Library of the House shortly.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: British Overseas Territories (21 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The sustainability of the UK’s overseas territories is a priority for my Department and for the whole of Government. The UK Government has a fundamental responsibility and objective to ensure the security and good governance of the territories and their peoples and to ensure the good stewardship of their natural environments. On the latter point, the Government has worked closely with the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Cayman Islands (21 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The elected Government of the Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory, has devolved constitutional responsibility for animal welfare and conservation including for legislation and policies governing the Cayman Turtle Farm. The UK is responsible for the international relations of the Cayman Islands and for their compliance with obligations arising under international law. The UK has...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diego Garcia (21 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I have asked officials to review the contents of the material, with a view to assessing their suitability for publication, in accordance with our regular procedures.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Montserrat (21 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The elected Government of Montserrat has devolved constitutional responsibility for conservation and environmental management. The UK Government is supporting the strengthening of the legal and institutional framework for environment management through our support for the Montserrat Strategic Growth Plan. We understand that the Montserrat Conservation and Environmental Management Bill is due...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (21 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We remain committed to helping Nigeria to find the schoolgirls abducted from Chibok. On 12 June the First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), the previous Foreign Secretary, hosted the London Ministerial on Security in Northern Nigeria. At this meeting with Nigeria, her neighbours and other international...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (21 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We continue to provide support to the Nigerian authorities in the search for the Chibok schoolgirls. In addition to the support announced by the Prime Minister, on 12 June we announced a further package of assistance. This package includes training and advice to the Nigerian armed forces; support to the Nigerian Government in bringing increased development and prosperity to the North East; a...


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