Results 181–200 of 1921 for speaker:Heather Wheeler

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: India: Nationality (6 Feb 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 India's...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (6 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: The UK is committed to protecting and promoting human rights throughout the world through both bilateral and multilateral engagement, by working with and supporting human rights defenders, who play an essential role in upholding and promoting respect for human rights, democratic freedoms and civil society. We regularly raise concerns about countries that do not comply with their human rights...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Human Rights (6 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: We regularly raise our concerns about the human rights situation with the Government of Pakistan at a senior level. We continue to urge the Pakistani Government to guarantee the rights of all people in Pakistan, particularly the most vulnerable, including women, minorities and children, as laid down in the Constitution of Pakistan and in accordance with international standards.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Human Rights (6 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: The UK is committed to the protection of journalists and promotion of media freedom. We regularly raise our concerns about the human rights situation, including on the freedom of expression, with the Government of Pakistan at a senior level and continue to monitor the situation actively. In support of our commitment to media freedom and the protection of journalists, the UK and other partners...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Human Rights (6 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: The UK supports the rights of Human Rights Defenders to carry out their work safely and without fear. We continue to raise human rights as a concern in our dialogue with the Government of Pakistan. In concurrence to these discussions, the British High Commission in Islamabad continues to support civil society and Non Governmental Organisations in lobbying the Pakistani Government to honour in...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: International Criminal Court (5 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: Contributions by States Parties to the International Criminal Court are financed in accordance with an agreed scale of assessment, based on the scale adopted by the United Nations for its regular budget, adjusted to take into account the differences in membership between the United Nations and the Court. Based on this agreed scale, the UK's contribution to the International Criminal Court for...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: India: Diplomatic Relations (5 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: Holding answer received on 04 February 2020 ​In London, across India (where we have our largest diplomatic network) and in multilateral institutions across the world British officials engage daily with Indian counterparts. Our engagement covers the full range of issues in a broad and deep relationship.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Climate Change (4 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: Climate change is not a distant threat. We must act together to accelerate action. The UK has already doubled its international climate finance funding from £5.6 billion to £11.6 billion, and is investing £220 million in a new international biodiversity fund.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Climate Change (4 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: The UK was disappointed at the lack of progress made at COP25 in Madrid. The UK and Italian diplomatic efforts will be squarely focused on achieving a successful COP26. COP is about more than negotiations; it is about real change happening across countries, civil society and the private sector. These broader elements will be a primary focus of COP26.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Climate Change (4 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: I thank my hon. Friend for that question. This is the first time I have answered a question from her, so I welcome her to her place. I welcome my hon. Friend’s view on international oceans. We are looking for a maximum ambition on oceans to protect them for future generations, and I am working hard with Lord Goldsmith on that ambitious project.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Climate Change (4 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: I hope my hon. Friend, whom I welcome to his place, will excuse my having my back to him as I speak to the Chair. My hon. Friend is absolutely right that climate change is one of the most urgent and pressing challenges we face today, so no country can solve the problem alone. COP26 in November will bring together more than 300,000 delegates from around the world to tackle climate change. It...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Climate Change (4 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: I thank the right hon. Lady for that question. She always puts her questions so perfectly; her diction is superb for the House. Everybody was clear about what she said. We are weaning all the world off coal. The Powering Past Coal Alliance, which is clearing away from coal, is very important. We are leading on that and my hon. Friend the Minister for Africa, who led at the Africa conference,...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Climate Change (4 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: Shall I be succinct, Mr Speaker? We recognise that countries will continue to need to use a mixture of energy sources, including renewable energy and lower-carbon fossil fuels such as natural gas, as part of the transition towards a low-carbon, sustainable economy. I am afraid the right hon. Lady is making too much hot air today.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Climate Change (4 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question. We are working very closely with countries around the world. I have been to five of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations so far, and, at every opportunity I have asked them to have more ambitious targets for reducing their carbon emissions, and that is exactly what will happen when our Secretary of State meets representatives in China very soon.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Australian Bushfires (4 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: The UK deployed a team of experts on 8 January to assess what support Australia needs, and we are working with Australia to establish where we can work together on this issue.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Australian Bushfires (4 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. One of the pieces of work we are doing with Australia, I hope, is on biodiversity and specifically on seeds. We are hoping to work with Kew so that the re-energising of that biodiversity area, which has been so badly affected, will come to fruition, if I can use that word. It is excellent that our experts will be working completely hand in hand with...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Australian Bushfires (4 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. Australia is a signatory to the Paris agreement, and a number of Australian states have already committed to net zero by 2050. Ahead of COP26 we look forward to working with Australia to increase its climate ambition, in line with principles that it has already agreed to.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (4 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: What an excellent question, particularly bearing in mind how important soft power is to our standing in the world. We are proud to host the best league in the world, showcasing the greatest talent in the world, and this year we will welcome our European friends to Glasgow and London for Euro 2020—yes, my hon. Friend can be assured about that.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (4 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: That is exactly what we would like to happen. The Foreign Secretary has already underwritten financial arrangements between Interserve and the employees, and we would like everybody to go back to ACAS and get this settled.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (4 Feb 2020)

Heather Wheeler: I thank my hon. Friend for that very interesting question. He is quite right: the BBC World Service does reach 319 million people weekly. It is incredibly important that that carries on. We have the 2020 agreement between the BBC and Her Majesty’s Government to invest huge amounts of money and we want that to continue.


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