Results 1–20 of 2099 for speaker:Rory Stewart

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: British Nationals Abroad: Detainees (20 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: In answer to both PQ 107608 and PQ 107609, from the moment a British National is detained abroad in any circumstances, we have a clear process for providing assistance. Once we are notified of their arrest and/or detention, we aim to make contact with the individual as soon as possible and ensure their access to legal advice and medical assistance if needed. We can offer basic information...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: British Nationals Abroad: Detainees (20 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: In answer to both PQ 107608 and PQ 107609, from the moment a British National is detained abroad in any circumstances, we have a clear process for providing assistance. Once we are notified of their arrest and/or detention, we aim to make contact with the individual as soon as possible and ensure their access to legal advice and medical assistance if needed. We can offer basic information...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Andargachew Tsege (20 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: Mr Tsege was detained in Yemen and taken to Ethiopia in June 2014. Following Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) inquiries the Ethiopian and Yemeni authorities have both stated that they have a bilateral treaty that permited Mr Tsege's extradition to Ethiopia. We have not seen a copy of the treaty in question. The British Government takes Mr Tsege's case extremely seriously and is working...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Andargachew Tsege (20 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: The British Government takes Mr Tsege's case extremely seriously and is working to ensure his welfare and legal access while he is detained. This Government has provided significant support to Mr Tsege and his family. Our Ambassador to Ethiopia has visited Mr Tsege on multiple occasions – most recently on 12 October. It is not common practice for consular visits to be held in private....

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Somalia: Counter-terrorism (20 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: The Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and I have written to the Somali President and Prime Minister, offering our condolences for the loss of life in the 14 October attacks and underlining the UK's solidarity with Somalia in the fight against terrorism. Our Embassy is in regular contact with the Somali government to support security sector reform, and in August I met the Somali Defence...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Andargachew Tsege (19 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: Mr Tsege was detained in Yemen and taken to Ethiopia in June 2014. Following Foreign and Commonwealth Office inquiries the Ethiopian and Yemeni authorities have both stated that they have a bilateral treaty that permited Mr Tsege’s extradition to Ethiopia. The UK Government continues to take Mr Tsege’s case extremely seriously and is working to ensure his welfare and legal access....

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Andargachew Tsege (19 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: ​The British Government consistently lobbies against the application of the death penalty, and against the carrying out of such sentences when they are imposed. In respect of UK nationals overseas, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's role is primarily to look after a prisoner's welfare while they are detained. We cannot give or pay for legal advice, start legal proceedings on their...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Abduction (19 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: We have received no reports on the abduction of young people in Darfur for the purposes of militia recruitment or for body parts for medical purposes. The UK remains concerned by the situation in Darfur, and whilst we have seen a welcome reduction in armed conflict between government forces and armed movements in recent months, the security and humanitarian situation remains fragile. We...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Commonwealth Development (18 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: The Prime Minister and Secretary of State have made it clear that the Commonwealth is absolutely central to our future policy, and that is not just true in respect of forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings; the 20 largest DFID recipient countries include Nigeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi and Sierra Leone, in which our programmes extend from...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Commonwealth Development (18 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: Absolutely. In this, as with everything, the devil is in the detail. For example, through TradeMark East Africa, DFID is not just supporting light manufacturing and trade and tariff negotiations, but reducing delays at borders and investing in infrastructure. Of course, most importantly, we will be providing tariff-free access to the least developed countries in the world after Brexit.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Commonwealth Development (18 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: This is a very good challenge. This is partly to do with Lesotho’s economic status, as DFID has tended to concentrate on the poorest countries in the world. However, we take the current difficulties in Lesotho very seriously, and I hope to visit it in the near future to look directly at this issue.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Commonwealth Development (18 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: Procurement is central to the Secretary of State’s reforms in DFID. She has made open and transparent procurement, and a suppliers review run by my right hon. Friend Lord Bates, central to how we take this forward, and of course that is right. Getting procurement right can help not only businesses, but the poorest people in the world.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Commonwealth Development (18 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: Conflict is probably the biggest single driver of economic catastrophe, poverty and refugees in the world. We will continue to commit half our budget to fragile and conflict-affected states, because without peace there can be no development.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Somalia (17 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: I should like to begin by expressing strong condolences on behalf of the British Government, and indeed the whole House, following the horrifying situation in Mogadishu—this was one of the largest bombs ever. Almost 300 people were killed and 500 were injured. As part of the United Kingdom’s response to that terrorist incident, we have provided support through the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Somalia (17 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: The UK Government are doing three things. First, we are providing £170 million in drought response to Somalia, where people are dying of starvation. Secondly, through the London Somalia conference, we have given new energy to the international community, and a focus on economic development and security. The most important thing we need to do at the moment, however, is to focus on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Somalia (17 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: I want to reinforce how horrifying the attack was and emphasise the threat that al-Shabaab poses to Somalia and the broader regions, and to the United Kingdom. I also reiterate our absolute abhorrence of and determination to clamp down on any British citizen who involves themselves with a group of such extreme horror.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Somalia (17 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: We remain very committed to working not only with the European Union but, critically, with the African Union, the troops of which have taken a lot of pain and sacrificed their lives to keep Somalia together. The US, the EU and the African Union need to work together until the Somali security forces can build themselves up to ensure that the progress that we have made over the past 10 years...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (17 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: May I begin by expressing our condolences to Mr Harron, who has been through a very difficult situation? We are grateful to my hon. Friend for raising this specific case. Consular staff have spoken to Mr Harron’s family, we have dealt with Mr Harron himself, we have provided consular access for friends to visit him and we have provided access to the best legal advice. He is currently on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (17 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: Clearly, the situation in Cameroon is very disturbing. As my right hon. Friend suggests, the Anglophone community has been particularly victimised in terms of internet access, which has now been restored. We call on all parties to refrain from violence and to respect the rule of law, and call particularly on the Government of Cameroon to exercise restraint and address the root causes of the...


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