Results 21–40 of 2083 for speaker:Lord Malloch-Brown

Written Answers — House of Lords: UN: Procurement Task Force (20 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The absorption of the functions of the Procurement Task Force into the investigations division of the Office of Internal Oversight Services in December 2008 secured permanent capacity to deal with outstanding investigations specifically related to the Oil for Food programme. We will work with the Secretary-General to ensure adequate resource provision to enable completion of remaining...

Written Answers — House of Lords: UN: Procurement Task Force (20 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The United Kingdom supported the absorption of the functions of the Procurement Task Force into the investigations division of the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services in December 2008. This anti-corruption unit has now become a permanent part of the oversight structures of the Office of Internal Oversight Services.

Somalia — Question (16 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, we are aware of reports in May 2009 about incursions of Ethiopian security forces in Somalia, but we have not been able to verify these claims. The UK has no presence on the ground. The Ethiopians have stated publicly that, since the withdrawal of their forces from Somalia in January 2009, they continue to conduct only legitimate defensive operations to secure their own border with...

Somalia — Question (16 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for his remarks about me. I fear that it is in all likelihood the case that the Eritrean involvement will be confirmed. As ever, it is enormously important that effective measures are taken against Eritrea. First, we need to make sure that what we do will work, because in the past Eritrea has defied the will of the international community and has, if you like,...

Somalia — Question (16 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for his kind remarks and observe to the Benches opposite that, if in the area of foreign policy in this House we cannot find a spirit of bipartisanship, then on what issue where? It has been a great privilege to be faced by such supportive, if occasionally critical, questioning from the Benches opposite. It is parliamentary business at its best and I thank all...

Somalia — Question (16 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I have been delighted to be seduced and pulled by the neck, nose and other limbs into saying more on the Middle East than perhaps a prudent Minister would have done at the Dispatch Box.

Somalia — Question (16 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, again, I thank the noble Lord for his questions over the past two years on a range of enormously important issues that otherwise often get overlooked. IGAD and the African Union have three essential recommendations: the first is sanctions against Eritrea; the second is strengthening AMISOM and its mandate to allow it to take proactive action; and the third is to supplement AMISOM by...

Samantha Orobator — Question (15 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, we hope that Ms Orobator will be able to transfer to the UK before the birth of her child. We have proposed to the Lao authorities a memorandum of understanding to enable the transfer before the UK/Lao prisoner transfer agreement is formally ratified. However, it is unclear whether the Lao authorities will agree the transfer prior to payment of the $70,000 fine imposed on Ms...

Samantha Orobator — Question (15 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the noble Lord is of course right. Time is running out; 12 August is thought to be the last date by which she could travel. We have had regular consular contact with her, most recently at the end of last week. I am pleased to say that she and the unborn child are in good health. They have been visited by a doctor attached to the Australian embassy in Laos. The issue is that the...

Samantha Orobator — Question (15 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I assure the noble Lord that we are having regular contact with the Laotian authorities to try and persuade them to proceed with the prisoner transfer. Others are looking at ways that perhaps some payment could be made. We are trying to get clarity from the authorities on whether partial payment would be sufficient. The noble Lord should be in no doubt that we are leaving no stone...

Samantha Orobator — Question (15 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, it is a fine of $70,000. She was carrying a large amount of drugs on her at the time of her arrest. As the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, said, she has not appealed the conviction. The fine is part of her sentence. The whole House would agree that it is difficult for Her Majesty's Government to pay that fine directly. There are those who see it as an act of clemency or support to her...

Samantha Orobator — Question (15 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, her situation as someone pregnant with a child is one of particular humanitarian concern, but I do not want anyone to be misled about the gravity of her offence. She was found with 680 grams of heroin concealed on her body at the time of her arrest. I can confirm to the noble Lord that she has waived the right to appeal; she accepted the sentence. The difficulty is that, under the...

Samantha Orobator — Question (15 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the difficulty is that the Laotian authorities may well consider that once she has returned here their ability to enforce any extension on payment has been removed. Let me again assure the noble Lord that we are determined to find a way through this. While she is in good health and being well cared for, it is obviously enormously important that she comes home.

Written Answers — House of Lords: British Overseas Territories (14 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: There is no legal requirement to report general or individual entrustments to Parliament or to publish them as Command Papers, but the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is committed to keeping Parliament fully informed about the Overseas Territories.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Crown Dependencies (14 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The Crown Dependencies contribute neither to the UK's share of the UN Regular Budget, nor to the core budgets of the UN's autonomous specialised agencies, with the exception of the Universal Postal Union where they make a small contribution. The Crown Dependencies do not contribute to the UK's gross public expenditure on development assistance, which totalled £6,027,115,000 in financial year...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Kenya (14 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We have noted the recent report by Human Rights Watch on the October 2008 disarmament operation by the Kenyan military in north-eastern Kenya and the report to the Human Rights Council in June 2009 by UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston on extrajudicial killings. As with previous reports alleging human rights violations, we have urged the Kenyan Government to instigate independent...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Kenya (14 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The UK, with others in the international community, has regularly urged the Kenyan Government to ensure that all internally displaced persons are treated in accordance with international humanitarian principles.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Kenya (14 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The UK has provided support to civil society organisations to assist communities to reconcile and engage in the peace process following the disputed 2007 elections. In the past two financial years, civil society support amounted to £1.2 million. We have provided a further £1.4 million over the past two years to support the Annan process and the National Accord. We will continue to offer our...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Kenya (14 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: There has been little action on judicial reform in Kenya, although a reform group has been set up to look at the judicial services commission. We continue to urge the Kenyan Government to implement all of the recommendations of the Waki Commission, including those on reform of the judiciary. This will be vital in combating the culture of impunity and restoring the trust of the Kenyan people...

British Overseas Territories: International Negotiations — Question (13 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, negotiations between British Overseas Territories and the Government of the United States for the acceptance of detainees formerly in United States custody does not fall within the delegated authority for conducting international negotiations which has been given to any overseas territory. The external affairs of a territory remain part of the special responsibilities of the...


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