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Results 1–20 of 1681 for speaker:Heather Wheeler

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Metropolitan Police: Counter-terrorism (16 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: ​The Metropolitan Police Service investigation is ongoing. This is an active criminal investigation and we have no information as to when it may conclude.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Fires: Australia (16 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: As I set out in my Oral Statement of 9 January in the House of Commons, we have deployed a team of UK experts to Australia. The team includes a senior member of UK Fire and Rescue Service, a medical specialist in trauma and mental health, and a military liaison officer specialising in crisis response. They have been working with Australian counterparts to establish what further UK support...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Prosperity Fund (16 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: ​The middle income countries covered by the Prosperity Fund's Global Trade Programme (GTP) were selected based on findings from qualitative and quantitative analysis, which included assessments on the potential benefits to poverty reduction through supporting their economic development, and their willingness and capacity of countries to engage with UK expertise. The GTP is currently...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Prosperity Fund (16 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: ​No country can defeat poverty without sustained economic growth. Middle income countries are home to around two thirds of the world's poor, and therefore need to not only generate new investment, growth and jobs, but also need to ensure that economic growth resulting from trade is inclusive and genuinely helps to reduce poverty, support gender equality and women's economic empowerment. It...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Australia: Fires (14 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: The Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary and Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon have been in contact with their Australian counterparts to offer our condolences and stress our readiness to help in whatever way they need. As I set out in my Oral Statement of 9 January in the House of Commons, we have deployed a team of UK experts to Australia. The team includes a senior member of UK Fire and Rescue...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Australia: Fires (14 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: The Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary and Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon have been in contact with their Australian counterparts to offer our condolences and stress our readiness to help in whatever way they need. As I set out in my Oral Statement of 9 January in the House of Commons, we have deployed a team of UK experts to Australia. The team includes a senior member of UK Fire and Rescue...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong: Demonstrations (14 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: ​We remain seriously concerned at events in Hong Kong. The Foreign Secretary has made a number of statements that have repeated the UK position that protests should be conducted peacefully, within the law, and that the response of the authorities is proportionate. There is now an opportunity to find a way through the crisis with meaningful political dialogue, that reflects the legitimate...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong: Politics and Government (14 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: ​The Foreign Secretary has discussed our concerns directly with both the Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam and to the Chinese Foreign Minister, State Councillor Wang Yi. The Foreign Secretary has used these opportunities to reiterate the UK position that meaningful and effective political dialogue is the only way to resolve the situation. Since the District Council elections in...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Uighurs (14 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: We have particularly serious concerns about the human rights situation in Xinjiang including the extra-judicial detention of over a million Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in “political re-education camps”, systematic restrictions on Uyghur culture and the practice of Islam, and extensive and invasive surveillance targeting minorities. Reports indicating that forced labour is being...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Uighurs (14 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: We have particularly serious concerns about the human rights situation in Xinjiang including the extra-judicial detention of over a million Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in “political re-education camps”, systematic restrictions on Uyghur culture and the practice of Islam, and extensive and invasive surveillance targeting minorities. Reports indicating that forced labour is being...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Uighurs (14 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: We have particularly serious concerns about the human rights situation in Xinjiang including the extra-judicial detention of over a million Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in “political re-education camps”, systematic restrictions on Uyghur culture and the practice of Islam, and extensive and invasive surveillance targeting minorities. Reports indicating that forced labour is being...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Armed Conflict: Children (13 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: The UK is firmly committed to protecting children in armed conflict. We use our membership as a UN Security Council Permanent Member to prioritise conflict-related child protection issues in Council discussions and ensure that UN operations have the capacity and capability to address them. The UK is the largest single financial contributor to the Office of the UN Special Representative of the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North Korea: Guided Weapons (13 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: We are gravely concerned by North Korea’s testing of ballistic missiles in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. The UK continues to press for diplomacy and dialogue as the best way to resolve the situation. We have repeatedly called on North Korea to engage in good faith in negotiations with the US. We fully support US efforts to persuade North Korea to dismantle its illegal...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: India: Nationality (13 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: The British High Commission in New Delhi and our network of Deputy High Commissions across India are following reports on the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens, as well as the Government of India’s response. We raise our concerns with the Government of India where appropriate. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon discussed the Government of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: India: Nationality (13 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: The British High Commission in New Delhi and our network of Deputy High Commissions across India are following the siutation and the Government of India's response closely. The UK has long regarded protest as a key part of democratic society. Democratic governments must have the power to enforce law and order when a protest crosses the line into illegality; yet must in turn act with restraint...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: India: Nationality (13 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: The British High Commission in New Delhi and our network of Deputy High Commissions across India are following the siutation and the Government of India's response closely. The UK has long regarded protest as a key part of democratic society. Democratic governments must have the power to enforce law and order when a protest crosses the line into illegality; yet must in turn act with restraint...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong: British Nationality (13 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: As the Foreign Secretary stated in Parliament on 26 September, the status of British Nationals (Overseas) (BN(O)) was a part of the delicate balance in negotiations that led to the Sino-British Joint Declaration. We are not seeking to change the status of any one part of that package but rather to ensure it is respected by both sides. As such, we have no plans to change the status of BN(O) or...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong: Human Rights (13 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: The UK will establish a UK autonomous global human rights sanctions regime once we leave the European Union. A global sanctions regime will allow us to respond to serious human rights violations or abuses anywhere in the world. The UK is committed to the promotion and protection of human rights. A human rights sanctions regime will help support our human rights objectives. We will look to...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Jawaharlal Nehru University: Violence (13 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: Reports of attacks against students at Jawaharlal Nehru University are concerning. The British High Commission in New Delhi and our network of Deputy High Commissions maintain a continuous assessment of the human rights situation across India, and raise our concerns with Indian officials where appropriate.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Uighurs (13 Jan 2020)

Heather Wheeler: We note statements made by the Chinese authorities about the ‘graduation’ of Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities from ‘vocational education centres’ in Xinjiang, but we have seen evidence to suggest these centres continue to operate. We have particularly serious concerns about the human rights situation in Xinjiang including the extra-judicial detention of over a million Uyghur...


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