Results 2061–2080 of 2910 for speaker:Alok Sharma

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (28 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: I know that the hon. Gentleman is incredibly concerned for the welfare of his constituent, as we are for all the men. The Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and I have all raised the case in meetings with our counterparts. We are providing consular support, as the hon. Gentleman knows, and my office has written to the families to say that I stand ready to meet them ahead of the verdict...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (28 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: The theme of the UK’s presidency of the UN Security Council has been conflict prevention in Africa, with a focus on the Lake Chad basin, South Sudan and Somalia. The UK has also held an open debate on modern slavery. Throughout our presidency we have been action-oriented, transparent and consultative, and my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has chaired two Security Council meetings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (28 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: Mr Speaker, I know that both you and my hon. Friend care deeply about Burma. The UK has helped to deliver a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution that sets up a fact-finding mission to investigate reports of human rights abuses, and it will be composed of independent, international experts.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (28 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: As my hon. Friend knows, we have very good relations with both India and Pakistan, but on issues of a bilateral nature it is for those two countries to reach a settlement; it is not for us to prescribe a solution or act as a mediator. Of course we encourage both sides to maintain good relations and we will continue to talk to them.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Royal Yacht (27 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: Holding answer received on 23 March 2017 There have been no formal discussions between the Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson) and the private sector on the construction or commissioning of a new royal yacht. A new royal yacht is not on the Government's agenda. If private money is raised, we wish donors well.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Royal Yacht (27 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: Holding answer received on 23 March 2017 The Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson) has not had any formal discussions with the Secretary of State for Department for International Trade, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for North Somerset (Dr Fox) on the effect of a privately-funded royal yacht for securing trade deals.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences (24 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: The Government is committed to producing the next UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, in a focused, consultative and inclusive way. While HMG funding on Women, Peace and Security is focused on the implementation rather than the production of the UK National Action Plan, we have provided funding to enable civil society consultations in four focus countries and we are working...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (24 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: The Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) only started in April 2015. The table attached gives a breakdown of Women, Peace and Security-related projects in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Bosnia, (c) Kosovo, (d) the Democratic Republic of Congo, (e) Somalia and (f) South Sudan including their funding allocations by financial year. The CSSF recognises at its core the importance of mainstreaming...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Human Rights (23 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: Holding answer received on 22 March 2017 We have repeatedly called for an independent investigation into human rights violations in Rakhine state. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has already issued a substantive report on the widespread and alarming level of human rights violations carried out by the military in Rakhine State since 9 October. The UN Special Rapporteur on...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Human Rights (23 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: Holding answer received on 22 March 2017 We have repeatedly called for an independent investigation into human rights violations in Rakhine state. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has already issued a substantive report on the widespread and alarming level of human rights violations carried out by the military in Rakhine State since 9 October. The UN Special Rapporteur on...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Rohingya (21 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: We are deeply concerned by recent reports detailing human rights violations against the Rohingya in Rakhine State of Burma. These include reports by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Burma and by a range of international human rights organisations. We are also concerned by the humanitarian situation facing the people in...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Rohingya (21 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: We are deeply concerned by recent reports detailing human rights violations against the Rohingya in Rakhine State of Burma. These include reports by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Burma and by a range of international human rights organisations. We are also concerned by the humanitarian situation facing the people in...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Rohingya (21 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: We are deeply concerned by recent reports detailing human rights violations against the Rohingya in Rakhine State of Burma. These include reports by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Burma and by a range of international human rights organisations. We are also concerned by the humanitarian situation facing the people in...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Human Rights (20 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: I raised concerns about human rights and political violence with the Government of Bangladesh during my visit to Dhaka from 2 to 4 March. In my meetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leaders Begum Khaleda Zia and Raushan Ershad MP, I called on all parties to participate in future elections and to ensure that they were free, fair and credible. In my meeting with Foreign...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sri Lanka: Christianity (16 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: The freedom to practise, change or share your faith or belief without discrimination or violent opposition is a fundamental human right that all people should enjoy. We condemn all violence against religious minorities, including the attack on a church in North West Sri Lanka in January. The UK regularly raises human rights concerns with the Sri Lankan government. Most recently, the Minister...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Foreign Relations (16 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: ​I last met with Foreign Minister, Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on 3 March during a visit to Dhaka. We discussed a range of bilateral and global issues, including trade and investment opportunities between the United Kingdom and Bangladesh, as well as visa, migration and consular matters, including the disappearance of UK national Yasin Talukder. I emphasised the UK Government's support for...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong: Politics and Government (14 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: The six-monthly report to the House from the Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson), published on 24 February, sets out the Government's latest assessment on developments in Hong Kong. The report makes clear the Government's view that the 'One Country, Two Systems' framework established by the Sino-British Joint Declaration continues to...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights: EU Action (14 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: The UK contributes to EU instruments addressing human rights through our contributions to the EU budget. The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights has a budget of €132.75 million under Heading 4 of the EU's multi-annual financial framework 2014-2020. The Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) helps countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey make political and economic...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North Korea: Guided Weapons (14 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: ​We are in regular contact with the United States and other international partners regarding the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) provocative and destabilising behaviour. The Foreign Secretary's, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson), statement of 6 March condemned the latest missile tests as a clear violation of UN Security Council...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Grants (14 Mar 2017)

Alok Sharma: ​The Empowerment Fund is currently under development. Details of the Fund, including governance and oversight arrangements will be announced to Parliament in due course.


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