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Results 1–20 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') 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...

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...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — [Unallotted day] — The UK’s Relationship with Africa (19 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend East (James Duddridge), and the hon. Members for York Central (Hugh Bayley) and for Cheltenham (Martin Horwood), on securing this important debate on the UK’s relationship with Africa. All hon. Members who have spoken have done so with a huge amount of knowledge and passion, setting out the UK’s modern approach to its...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The British Government fully support the efforts to combat terrorism in Nigeria. On 12 June, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary chaired a meeting with regional Foreign Ministers and representatives from the US, France and others to strengthen the international response. A package of measures was announced to support building peace and security in Nigeria.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The hon. Gentleman raises an excellent point and I can confirm that the announcements we made after the meeting chaired by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary last Thursday specified offering direct tactical training and advice to the Nigerian and regional forces and strengthening the Nigerian Government’s capacity to deliver a co-ordinated and effective response, including support...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: My hon. Friend raises an important part of resolving the challenges that northern Nigeria faces. That is why, the week after I went to Abuja to discuss with President Jonathan how the UK could be of assistance, I went to Cameroon to meet the Cameroon Government and assist them in continuing to strengthen our security co-operation. At the London meeting, we maintained the regional momentum by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The hon. Lady is absolutely right to refocus on the importance of regional co-operation. At the meeting in the fringes of the end sexual violence in conflict conference last week, the Nigerian Foreign Minister as well as regional Foreign Ministers, including the Chadians and Nigeriens, as well as representatives from multilateral institutions such as the African Union and the United Nations...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right to highlight the enormous diversity within Nigeria—now the largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa, with parts of the country such as Lagos state growing at an extremely rapid rate. There is now, I think, a real focus both from the international community through the multilateral organisations and from the regional countries on ensuring not only that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The original offer from the UK Prime Minister to President Jonathan, which I went to discuss with the President in Abuja, sets out four specific areas, including the use of the Sentinel aircraft, building capacity in the Nigerian military as well as for intelligence co-operation, interpretation and, indeed, putting resources into education into the northern parts of Nigeria under the UN safe...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Central African Republic (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I look forward to visiting the Central African Republic as soon as practicable. In the meantime, we remain acutely concerned by the serious situation across the CAR. We will continue to work closely with the UN and international partners to strengthen the international response to the crisis in the CAR.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Central African Republic (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising this important issue. I have met the interim President of the Central African Republic twice to discuss how the international community can best support efforts to restore peace and stability. The referral to the ICC, building on the work of the African Union, is a very significant step by the interim President. It demonstrates that the ICC is there...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Central African Republic (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for raising that important issue, which is of great interest to me personally. Last week, on the fringes of the ESVC summit, I held a very large and well-attended meeting with child soldiers—who described their personal experiences—along with excellent, hard-working non-governmental organisations such as War Child. The aim was to find a way in which the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Central African Republic (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The International Criminal Court deserves our full and unconditional support. My hon. Friend has made the important point that the people who are responsible for crimes such as those that have been reported in the CAR and elsewhere must be brought to justice. I think that the move by the interim president is significant and welcome, especially as the CAR is not able to prosecute domestically,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Diego Garcia (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The current agreement with the US runs until December 2016. I expect my officials to begin substantive discussions with US colleagues about post-2016 arrangements later this year. The independent feasibility study on resettlement should be complete by early 2015.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Diego Garcia (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: My hon. Friend is assiduous in his commitment to the Chagossians in his constituency, but we need to be careful that we do not prejudice the outcome of the independent study, which has the full involvement of the Chagossians. I can assure my hon. Friend that the US is being kept informed, but the challenges to resettling these low-lying islands, which lack basic facilities and infrastructure,...


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