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

Mark Simmonds: HMG works closely with the Pitcairn Island Council, the Pitcairn community and other stakeholders on the protection of biodiversity on the Pitcairn Islands. We are currently drafting a revised Pitcairn Ordinance (Law) on environmental protection to entrench these protections further. The Government is also currently funding, through Darwin Plus, a project to develop a sustainable marine and...

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

Mark Simmonds: Safeguarding children in St Helena is a critical priority for the St Helena Government and the UK. Whilst Territory Governments have the principal responsibility for ensure the safeguarding of children in the Overseas Territories, the UK provides practical assistance and support. DFID and the FCO have been supporting child safeguarding initiatives in the OT’s for the last nine years, most...

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

Mark Simmonds: Safeguarding children in St Helena is a critical priority for the St Helena Government and the UK. There have been a number of allegations in recent years about child safety and police corruption. In response there have been several investigations and reviews into St Helena-including from independent police forces and from child safety NGO. These have resulted in detailed action plans from...

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

Mark Simmonds: The Governor and the elected Government of St Helena take very seriously any allegations of child abuse and police corruption. All allegations are investigated and where evidence is available those responsible are dealt with according to the law. There have been numerous successful prosecutions over the period in question with substantial sentences awarded to those convicted of an offence.

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

Mark Simmonds: Territory Governments have the principal responsibility to ensure the safeguarding of children in the Overseas Territories, for which the UK provides practical assistance and support. DFID and the FCO have been supporting child safeguarding initiatives in the OT’s for the last nine years, most recently through the Safeguarding Children in the Overseas Territories (SCOT) programme...

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

Mark Simmonds: We have consistently raised our concerns about the Act with the Ugandan Government. Most recently, the Secretary of State for International Development, my right hon. Friend the Member for Putney (Justine Greening), and the Minister for Africa, my hon. Friend the Member for Boston and Skegness (Mark Simmonds), raised the issue with the Ugandan President on 6 May. The UK is working closely...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Central African Republic (17 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to be severely unstable. Sectarian violence continues, and there is widespread displacement of civilians. The UK is playing a strong role as part of the international community’s response. We provided early support to the deployment of the African Union mission (MISCA), as well as to the EU security mission (EUFOR), and...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Government Wine Cellar (17 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I have today placed a copy of the annual statement on the Government wine cellar for the financial year 2013-14 in the Libraries of both Houses. Following the outcome of the review of the Government hospitality wine cellar, this third annual statement continues our commitment that there would be annual statements to Parliament on the use of the wine cellar, covering consumption, stock...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: International Justice (UK Support and Funding) (17 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I am pleased to provide Parliament with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s annual account of Government support for the principles and institutions of international justice in 2013-14, and our plans for funding them in the year ahead. Today is international justice day, a particularly appropriate time to focus on this vital area of work. The UK’s support for international justice is...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Alleged Serious and Significant Offences (Diplomatic Immunity): 2013 (15 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: In 2013, 14 serious and significant offences allegedly committed by people entitled to diplomatic immunity in the United Kingdom were drawn to the attention of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by Diplomatic Protection Group of the Metropolitan Police. Eight of these were driving-related. We define serious offences as those which could, in certain circumstances, carry a penalty of 12...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diplomatic Missions (Unpaid Parking Fines) (15 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: In 2013, 5,662 unpaid parking fines incurred by diplomatic missions and international organisations in the United Kingdom were brought to our attention by councils. These totalled £541,599. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has held face-to-face meetings with a number of missions about outstanding parking fine debt. In addition, in April this year we wrote to diplomatic missions and...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diplomatic Missions (Unpaid Congestion Charge) (15 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The value of unpaid congestion charge debt incurred by diplomatic missions and international organisations in London since its introduction in February 2003 until 31 December 2013 as advised by Transport for London was £75,364,182. The table below shows those diplomatic missions and international organisations with outstanding fines of £100,000 or more. Country Number of Fines Total...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diplomatic Missions (Outstanding National Non-domestic Rates) (15 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The majority of diplomatic missions in the United Kingdom pay the national non-domestic rates (NNDR) due from them. Diplomatic missions are obliged to pay only 6% of the total NNDR value of their offices. This represents payment for specific services such as street cleaning and street lighting. Representations by the Protocol Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to missions in...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Conflict Pool (15 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Conflict Pool is a tri-departmental resource managed jointly by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Development. It funds conflict prevention activity in fragile and conflict affected states that are high priorities for the UK. Conflict Pool projects must support the priorities in the Building Stability Overseas Strategy. These...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Conflict Pool (15 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The tri-departmental conflict pool in its current form was created in 2010. The conflict pool is managed on a regional programme basis. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has funded projects in all of the conflict pool’s five regional programmes: in Afghanistan; in Africa where activity has included work in Nigeria, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya; in the middle east...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diego Garcia (15 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: During routine work to add existing records to the store in Diego Garcia, BIOT immigration officials noted water damage to a small number of records, caused by a leaking roof. This is believed to have resulted from extremely heavy weather in June 2014. Although the extent of the damage was not clear on initial inspection at the time, as I said in my answer of 8 July 2014, Official Report,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diplomatic Service: Official Hospitality (15 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The cost of each Queen’s birthday party organised across our network of overseas missions are wholly or partially paid for out of locally held budgets in each country. These figures are therefore not available without incurring disproportionate cost. The Queen’s birthday party offers an excellent opportunity to promote the United Kingdom and build relations with a wide range of contacts...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Israel (15 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), issued a statement on 30 June, following the discovery of the missing Israeli teenagers saying that his prayers and thoughts were with the families of the teenagers. Our ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, attended the funeral. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Ivory Coast (15 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Sanctions have helped improve the situation in Cote d’Ivoire by limiting destabilising factors through restrictions on the sale, supply and transfer of arms and by targeting those who constitute a threat to peace and national reconciliation with asset freeze and travel ban measures. The sanctions remain under regular review and were revised by the UN in April 2014 following a UN Group of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Niger (15 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The UK has seconded a UK national to the EU training mission which is working to build the capacity of the Nigerien security forces. In February 2014, the UK participated in the regional security training exercise Operation Flintlock, hosted by Niger, which fosters regional co-operation to support counter terrorism and stabilisation activities in North and West Africa. The Secretary of State...


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