Results 1–20 of 2083 for speaker:Lord Malloch-Brown

Written Answers — House of Lords: Cyprus: British Council (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The information requested by the noble Lord is as follows: Education Northern Cyprus funding—Financial Year (FY) 2006-07: £56,000. FYs 2004-05 to 2006-07—Eight Turkish Cypriots have attended the European Research Institute course in Birmingham. Republic of Cyprus funding—FY 2006-07: £7,500. Arts Although the majority of arts events are held in the Republic of Cyprus, participants are...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Cyprus: British Council (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Since 2004, a total of six teachers from Northern Cyprus attended short courses and seminars as part of professional development, as well as international seminars, courses and training programmes in the UK. Eight Turkish Cypriots have attended the European Research Institute course in Birmingham. The British Council provided a travel grant for one visitor from Northern Cyprus to attend the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Cyprus: British Council (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The British Council supports the professional development of teachers in primary and secondary education by giving them opportunities and/or grants to attend seminars and training worldwide. Primary Education In 2004, the British Council, in collaboration with the Turkish Cypriot educational authorities, initiated a three-year reform project (costing £50,000) to improve English language...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Cyprus: Official Visits (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The Government give high priority to supporting the UN in its efforts to find a just and lasting settlement to the Cyprus problem that benefits all Cypriots. Only by engaging with both communities in Cyprus can we help make progress towards this objective. Officials and Ministers will therefore maintain dialogue with representatives of the Turkish Cypriot community at all levels, both in...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Human Rights: Freedom of Association (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Forced marriages are an abuse of fundamental human rights and cannot be justified on religious or cultural grounds. They are very different from arranged marriages, where both parties give their full and free consent. In 2005, the joint Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Home Office Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) was established as the UK's one-stop shop for developing government policy on forced...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Royal Prerogative (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The royal prerogative is the only currently available basis to legislate in respect of ceded overseas territories, and may continue to be used for the exercise of reserved powers in relation to other overseas territories. To rework the system by which overseas territories are governed would require the introduction of primary legislation in Parliament, perhaps in relation to each overseas...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Turkey: Human Rights (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The UK is a strong supporter of Turkey's EU accession process and we continue to have a close dialogue with the Turkish Government on reforms necessary to meet EU standards, including on human rights and conditions of detention. There are currently no plans to raise the issue of the closure of the prison on Imrali Island in the context of the EU/Turkey dialogue or in any human rights fora.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Turkey: UK Residents (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Figures provided by the Office of National Statistics show that there are 37,827 people of Turkish ethnicity living in London. UK settlement visas issued to Turkish nationals applying worldwide Year Visas issued 2004-05 1,829 2005-06 2,351 2006-07 2,326 Source: MSR Stats Search Screen, 27 June. Please note that these statistics have not been published and should be used...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Uzbekistan: Death Penalty (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: In August 2005, the Government of Uzbekistan announced that the death penalty would be abolished from 1 January 2008. While this is a significant step, the legislation does not state clearly what will happen to those prisoners already on death row. According to the Uzbek Government, no executions have been carried out since February 2005. Some human rights groups claim that the Uzbek...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Visas (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The conclusion of the investigation was that the file packages were incorrectly addressed. All the files in question have been traced and accounted for. New instructions have been issued to overseas missions, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office internal postal service and the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, to ensure that individual files for the independent monitor reach UKvisas direct in...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Visas (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The table below lists all posts which are currently collecting visa applicants' biometric and other data, as at the end of June 2007. At the completion of phase two of the biometric programme in UKvisas, every visa-issuing post will be collecting visa applicants' biometric and other data. The data are processed and held in accordance with the data protection principles within the Data...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Visas (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: At the end of June 2007, the posts for which VFS is collecting biometric and other data are: Post Country Kathmandu Nepal Colombo Sri Lanka Dhaka Bangladesh Abuja Nigeria Lagos Nigeria Accra Ghana Manila Philippines Pretoria South Africa Maputo Mozambique Windhoek Namibia Singapore Singapore Bangkok Thailand Harare Zimbabwe Kuala...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Visas (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The processing of visa applicants' personal data by contractors is governed by obligations set out in a specific schedule in contracts entered into with the contractors. The obligations in the current contract require the contractors to meet all the requirements of the Data Protection Act. These contracts contain sensitive commercial information. Their release would damage the Government's...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Zimbabwe (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We believe that change by peaceful means is still the best approach to resolving the current crisis. Zimbabwe desperately needs policy reform to reverse its current decline. We are supporting the efforts of all those working for democratic change in Zimbabwe.

Afghanistan: Provincial Reconstruction Teams (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, it is a great honour to speak for the first time in this House. This Chamber has a long reputation for wisdom and judgment and, on the basis of the interventions this evening, for early warning. We have seen in today's debate the emergence of a collective view that it is incumbent on the Government to take very careful stock of the progress that we have and have not made in...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Bosnia and Herzegovina (18 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We are concerned by the lack of political progress in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). BiH's politicians need to reach agreement on police reform and achieve full co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague so that BiH can sign its stabilisation and association agreement with the EU. Constitutional reform will also be necessary if BiH is to deliver effective governance for...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Bosnia and Herzegovina (18 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The UK recognised Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) as an independent state in 1992. BiH's constitutional arrangements and internal boundaries are those set out in the Dayton Accords which were concluded in Paris on 14 December 1995. We remain firm in our support for the Dayton Accords: they are the basis of the peace and stability that BiH now enjoys. We regularly make this clear, both...

Written Answers — House of Lords: British Citizenship (18 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We are not in a position to comment on another country's nationality laws. Under British nationality law, a British national is able to hold other nationalities concurrently with their British nationality. When an individual provides evidence that they have been recognised as a national of another country, this does not affect their entitlement to British nationality. Therefore, if an...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Chagos Islands: Diego Garcia (18 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The US authorities have repeatedly given us assurances that no terrorist suspects have been, or are being, held on Diego Garcia, or at any time have passed in transit through Diego Garcia or its territorial waters or airspace.

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU: Constitution (18 Jul 2007)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The treaty establishing a constitution for Europe, on which the Government proposed a referendum, is now defunct. The mandate for a reform treaty agreed by the European Council states clearly: "The constitutional concept, which consisted in repealing all existing Treaties and replacing them by a single text called 'Constitution', is abandoned". As my right honourable friend the then Prime...


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