Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Burma about the treatment of the Karen people by the Burmese state.
Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his (a) Bangladeshi and (b) Burmese counterpart on the terms of the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh.
Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to highlight the need to put the Rohingya crisis on the agenda at forthcoming ASEAN summits.
Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential for the treatment of the Rohingya people by the Burmese military being repeated in relation to other minority ethnic groups in Burma; and whether his Department has developed contingency plans to meet that case.
Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what safeguards her Department has put in place to ensure UK aid projects in Burma are not purchasing goods and services from military-owned or controlled companies.
Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is providing to 9,000 displaced ethnic Shan and Karen people from Burma who are no longer receiving support via the Border Consortium.
Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether it is the policy of her Department to always use the word Rohingya when discussing the Rohingya with Burmese Government officials and Ministers.
Roberta Blackman-Woods: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for securing the debate, and for all the work that he does in support of the WASPI campaign and others. Does he agree that many of these women are being dealt with very inappropriately by both jobcentres and the benefits system? A lady who came to my surgery last week had just been made redundant from the Walkers crisps factory. She has a full employment and...
Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Rt. Hon. Alastair Burt, was aware that money from the Access to Justice and Community Services programme in Syria had fallen into the hands of terrorists when he responded to a question in the Chamber by the Rt. Hon. Emily Thornberry on 24 October 2017.
Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to improve the transparency, effectiveness, and fraud prevention of Official Development Assistance spending by his Department.
Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6 September 2017 to Question 9083, what assessment he made of the potential merits of freezing funding to Adam Smith International in February 2017, in line with the decision taken by the Department for International Development.
Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that projects led by his Department and funded through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund do not contribute to human rights violations or enable funding to be diverted to terrorist groups.
Roberta Blackman-Woods: Recent Government figures show that UK funding from Horizon 2020 dropped significantly last year. Will the Secretary of State tell us what he is going to do to address that alarming fall in funding, and will he commit to participating in Horizon 2020 beyond March 2019 should the UK leave the EU then?
Roberta Blackman-Woods: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again, Mr Hollobone. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty) for securing this important debate. As we all know, World AIDS Day was last Friday. I am glad that this debate has given Parliament an opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to tackling HIV and AIDS, both at home and abroad, which...
Roberta Blackman-Woods: I pay tribute to the right hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell) for securing this incredibly important debate. I also thank him for the work he has done in the House and elsewhere in putting Yemen squarely on our agenda, and I pay a similar tribute to my right hon. Friend the Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz) for all the work he has done and the inquiry that he is shortly to...
Roberta Blackman-Woods: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it is totally unfair that these women are not paid their pension when they have a full contribution record, and that instead they are being made to work beyond a time when they are able or are forced to rely on insecure benefits that are too low?
Roberta Blackman-Woods: I, too, welcome the Secretary of State to her new role. I heard what she just said, but on Sunday it emerged that the UK had been providing military assistance to Saudi Arabia to carry out military training as part of Operation Crossways. With the Foreign Secretary hosting Foreign Ministers from the region yesterday for talks, does the Secretary of State think that the UK’s military...
Roberta Blackman-Woods: I want to start by thanking Members from all parties for their powerful and moving contributions this afternoon. Those of us who visited the camps made a commitment to the Rohingya people that we would not just walk away from what we had seen, and that when we came back we would raise the situation that they face and ask for two things: that the humanitarian aid would continue and be stepped...
Roberta Blackman-Woods: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Rohingya crisis. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley. I visited the Kutupalong refugee camp earlier this month, as part of a cross-party delegation to Bangladesh organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. I thank both organisations for organising that...
Roberta Blackman-Woods: The hon. Gentleman makes a really relevant point, which I will come to later. The school that we visited was doing a valiant job of teaching children in shifts, but that is really a drop in the ocean. Much more education and schools are needed in the camps.