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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Central African Republic (7 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The UK is providing £279,000 to the African Union (AU) to support the deployment of a multidisciplinary team of African experts, including medical doctors, psychologists, lawyers and police officers. The programme will be managed by the AU Mission in the Central African Republic, MISCA, through Medecins D’Afrique, a Pan-African NGO with expertise in emergency response. The programme is...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Lesotho (7 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Through our high commission in South Africa, who cover our relations with Lesotho, we are closely monitoring the political situation in the country following the decision on 10 June by Lesotho's Prime Minister to prorogue parliament for nine months (until 27 February 2015). The UK supports the South African Development Community's (SADC) call for all parties to follow the constitution.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (7 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The UK is playing a leading role in helping Nigeria to tackle the terrorist threat from Boko Haram and related group Ansaru, working closely both with the Nigerian authorities and international partners the UK proscribed Boko Haram in July 2013. Following the abduction in April of the Chibok schoolgirls the Prime Minister offered a package of support including: tactical advice and training...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: World War I: Anniversaries (7 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Battle of the Marne is not part of the UK national programme for the First World War Centenary commemorations. We are in regular contact with the French Government regarding centenary commemorations, and will be guided by their plans to commemorate the Battle of the Marne, supporting them as appropriate.

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs: Backbench Business — Protecting Children in Conflict (3 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I congratulate the hon. Member for East Lothian (Fiona O'Donnell) on securing this important debate and on the passionate, informed and articulate way in which she introduced it. She was right to highlight some of the complexities of those important issues, and I will come to some of the very specific points that she asked about later. It needs to be said that the subject has been at the...

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs: Backbench Business — Protecting Children in Conflict (3 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The hon. Lady is right to make that point and there are huge challenges, primarily because of the scale of what is happening in Syria and the displacement of people, both inside Syria and across geopolitical boundaries. In a moment I will detail some of the support that the Department for International Development is providing to people still within Syria, and those who are outside. Let me...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Democratic Republic of Congo (3 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Parliamentary and presidential elections in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) represent an important opportunity for DRC to demonstrate democratic progress; this includes the transition to a new presidency in 2016. To that end, we continue to encourage the Government of DRC to ensure that a full electoral timetable is produced; that the Congolese constitution is respected; and the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: St Lucia (2 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Consular officials remain in regular contact with the St Lucian authorities about the investigation into Mrs Greenwood’s death. We will continue to use all appropriate opportunities to press upon them the importance we place on bringing this case to trial, including ministerial visits to the UK and to St Lucia. Consular officials are keeping Mrs Greenwood’s family updated and continue to...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (1 Jul 2014)

Foreign Affairs: FCO consular services. 3:00 pm; The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: Mark Simmonds MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Joanna Roper, Director, Consular Services, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Susan Caldwell, Head, Strategy and Network Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences (1 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: One of the principal aims of the Global Summit was to invite members of the public to take part in the summit and to transform awareness of a taboo and often poorly understood subject. We estimate that several thousand members of the public attended the fringe events each day.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences (1 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I refer my hon. Friend to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague)’s statement to the House on 16 June 2014 on the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. There were 175 fringe events during the summit, which included panel discussions and debates, theatre and performance, marketplace with...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences (1 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I refer my right hon. Friend the to the statement made by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to this House on 16 June 2014 on the outcomes of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. 79 Ministers and 129 country delegations were accredited for Summit, plus 950 experts from civil society, non-governmental organisations, academia, health practitioners,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences (1 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) Team has been in place since the launch of the initiative in 2012. The team is now developing the next phase of the PSVI strategy building on the success of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, co-hosted by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Conflict Resolution: Females (1 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), along with the Secretaries of State for International Development and Defence, launched the 2014-2017 National Action Plan (NAP) at the Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit earlier this month. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, working with Department for...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Conflict Resolution: Females (1 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security was launched at the Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit and builds on lessons to date, and address some of the challenges in the previous NAP. The NAP's Implementation Plan will be launched later this year. In line with our UN commitments on women, peace and security we will continue to address violence against women and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Conflict Resolution: Females (1 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The National Action Plan (NAP) articulates our priorities on women, peace and security and is a tool to coordinate implementation of our work at the national level. It serves as a guiding policy document that is able to capture the diverse set of initiatives on this agenda taking place across our security, foreign policy and development work. The NAP’s Implementation Plan, which will be...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Kenya (1 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping, in Kenya. The main threat comes from extremists linked to Al Shabaab, a militant group that has carried out attacks in Kenya in response to Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia. Violent crime also poses a threat. Full details of our travel advice for British Nationals can be found online. The FCO keeps its travel advice under...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Seychelles (1 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Transparency International ranked Seychelles as the 47th least corrupt country globally in their 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index. This was an improvement of four places from 2012. The UK does not provide direct financial assistance to Seychelles but contributes to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) whose support has enabled the country to enact a comprehensive program of economic reforms...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: St Lucia (1 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) hosted the UK-Caribbean Forum on 16- 17 June 2014. St Lucia’s Foreign Minister attended the Forum. In line with our bilateral engagement, we will continue to explore opportunities for visits.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: St Lucia (1 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The FCO is supporting wider HMG efforts to build St Lucia’s judicial capacity to prosecute serious crime, including through forensic analysis training. This targeted support includes the deployment of a Crown Prosecution Service criminal justice advisor to the Eastern Caribbean. Officials will continue to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of our assistance. Last August, I raised the...


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