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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Uganda (9 Apr 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We have consistently raised our concerns about the Anti-Homosexuality Act with the Ugandan Government at all levels. I most recently discussed the legislation with the Ugandan high commissioner to the UK on 18 March.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Mozambique (31 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The UK is a strong supporter of the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW) and is strongly committed to advancing women's rights which Mozambique ratified in 1997. Officials at our high commission in Maputo regularly engage with the Government of Mozambique on the issue of women's rights, including in the context of CEDAW, which we consider to be an...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: South Sudan (31 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The UK is co-ordinating closely with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on the South Sudan peace process, including through the UK Special Envoy to the Peace Talks who has been based in Addis Ababa since January. We have committed $1 million to the IGAD mediation efforts, and have provided technical advice and personnel to the Monitoring Verification Mechanism established...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: South Sudan (31 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: South Sudan's neighbouring countries have played an important role in calling for parties to show leadership in reaching a political settlement, and to respect the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement. Our Special Envoy to South Sudan recently visited Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda to encourage them to continue to push for peace in South Sudan. At the same time, since the outbreak of...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (27 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Tomorrow the UK takes on the chairmanship of the voluntary principles on security and human rights for one year. The voluntary principles provide guidance to extractive companies operating in fragile and conflict-affected areas, on effective risk management and on mitigating the risk that the security around their operations might contribute to human rights abuses or exacerbate conflict. The...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Mali (27 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Many of the challenges faced by Mali are shared by its region. The UK has therefore taken a regional approach to tackling the issues. This has also helped to shape the strategic approaches of the EU and UN. (a) We are working both bilaterally and with international partners to strengthen security, including around the region's porous borders. The UK is contributing to, and participating in,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Mali (27 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We have noted the Global Initiative report and agree with much of its analysis. The UK recognises the impact that illicit trafficking and organised crime have on governance and security in Mali and the Sahel. We believe it is essential to focus efforts on improving governance, strengthening regional cooperation and building criminal justice capacity. On 18 December 2013, UK Permanent...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sudan (27 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We are aware of reports that Abdulmonim Adam was arrested for writing about the recent demonstration at the University of Khartoum which resulted in the death of a student. Although we have not raised this specific case, my officials and I have, and will continue to, regularly stress the importance of protecting human rights with the Government of Sudan, and highlight our concerns and their...

US Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (British Foreign & Commercial Policy) (26 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: It is a pleasure to serve under your guidance this afternoon, Mr Davies. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr Straw) on securing this important debate and, as always, on the detailed, measured and articulate way in which he set out his case. Before I get into the granularity of some of the issues that he raises, I want to set out Her Majesty’s Government’s wider...

US Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (British Foreign & Commercial Policy) (26 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I am grateful for the right hon. Gentleman’s intervention, because it leads me on quite neatly to my next remarks. Before I move on, however, I must say that I do not think he can conflate the challenges that some UK banks have—we can come on to the specifics—with the whole range of issues that affect the bilateral trade relationship between the United Kingdom and Iran. For example,...

US Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (British Foreign & Commercial Policy) (26 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: As I said in response to the right hon. Member for Blackburn, I do not think we can conflate the issues relating to the complexity of a bilateral trade relationship with alleged extraterritorial US sanctions. Many other issues are at stake—for example, the fact that the UK Government currently do not encourage or provide support for UK companies to trade with Iran. However, where trade is...

US Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (British Foreign & Commercial Policy) (26 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Act to which reference was made—as well as the subsequent statutory orders, most recently updated in 1997—provides measures to protect British companies from the impact of, and prevent them from complying with, US sanctions. Judgments against UK companies that result from such sanctions, in the way that has been described, cannot be enforced in the UK. That sends a signal to the US...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: FCO Services (25 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: FCO Services operates as a trading fund of the FCO. I have set the following performance targets for 2014-15: An in-year surplus before interest and tax producing a net margin of between 1% and 5% A return on capital employed of at least 3.5% (weighted average) Cost of corporate functions as a percentage of revenue of no more than 7% A utilisation rate for revenue-earning staff of between 75%...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Arctic (24 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Our officials are attending the Arctic Council meeting of senior arctic officials taking place in Canada this week. We will (a) reiterate our support for the principle of designating marine protected areas in international waters, where the science supports it; (b) welcome the work of the Arctic Council’s task force that is developing an oil spill prevention agreement between the Arctic...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Uganda (18 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Our civilian security assistance to the Government of Uganda involves support on aviation and cyber security. We have no plans to review or suspend our assistance, which is in the UK's security interests. Respect for human rights underpins all UK training and support for overseas security programmes.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Uganda (18 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We will continue to make clear our deep concern and disappointment at recent developments. We urge the Government of Uganda to protect all its citizens without discrimination on any grounds, and call on the Ugandan authorities to investigate any such attacks fully. We are separately considering how we can best support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and those working...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Uganda (18 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Our high commissioner to Uganda met with the Ugandan President on 11 March. In recent weeks, she has also met the Ugandan Minister of Justice, Inspector General of Police, the Foreign Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. I will be meeting the Ugandan high commissioner to the UK in March. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Uganda (18 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We have updated our travel advice for Uganda with regards to the environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travellers. Our travel advice is reviewed regularly.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Uganda (18 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Ugandan high commissioner arrived in July 2013. I met the high commissioner during the visit to the UK of the Ugandan Energy Minister on 18 November. I will be meeting with the high commissioner in March to discuss, among other things, the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Cayman Islands (17 Mar 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Cayman Islands Government remain on track to meet the sound fiscal trajectory and other commitments set out in the Framework for Fiscal Responsibility.


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