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Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Support and Funding for International Criminal Justice (17 Jul 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: Today we mark the Day of International Criminal Justice, which provides an opportunity to update Parliament on the UK’s support for the principles and institutions of international justice in the previous calendar year. Support for international criminal justice and international humanitarian law is a fundamental element of the UK’s foreign policy. The UK believes that justice and...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Independent Review of Foreign and Commonwealth Office support for persecuted Christians (8 Jul 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: I have today deposited in the libraries of both Houses of Parliament the Independent Review of Foreign and Commonwealth Office support for persecuted Christians, conducted by the Anglican Bishop of Truro, the Right Reverend Philip Mounstephen. The Review is the conclusion of a project that began in December 2018, when I asked Bishop Mounstephen to carry out this important research with the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: We remain very concerned about the situation in Hong Kong, and I raised those concerns with the Chief Executive on 12 June. Today I urge the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to establish a robust, independent investigation into the violent scenes that we saw. The outcome of that investigation will inform our assessment of future export licence applications to the Hong Kong...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his good luck wishes and ask him not to pass that on to Labour party members in Ealing, because it might discourage their Conservative party counterparts. I also thank the shadow Foreign Secretary for her congratulations; she is a gracious person and I would expect nothing less of her. On more serious matters, we were very concerned about this extradition law...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: I do not think we can divorce civil rights and political rights. My hon. Friend and his Committee are absolutely right to raise those concerns. An independent judiciary, where people can be confident of their basic freedoms, is at the heart of what has made Hong Kong such an extraordinary city. We do not just have a moral obligation to stand up for the people of Hong Kong; we actually have an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his passionate support for the people of Hong Kong, and I want to reassure him on this. On my first visit to China as Foreign Secretary, I spoke to my counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, about the very issue of Hong Kong to underline just how important it is not just to this Government but to everyone in this House.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: Absolutely. I think that what happens in Hong Kong is, for all of us, a litmus test of the direction of travel that China goes in, because we had an internationally binding agreement signed in 1984 that Britain feels very, very strongly about. It is, as my hon. Friend rightly says, at the heart of Hong Kong’s economic success as well as its political freedom.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: The hon. Gentleman puts it beautifully; he is absolutely right. Whatever the pressure that may or may not be exerted on the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, what works in Hong Kong at the moment is that the judiciary is independent, and that must not change.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: I called publicly for the Bill to be halted, and I agree with what the Hong Kong Government belatedly decided to do, which is to commit to not bringing it back until concerns about democratic rights have been addressed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Middle East (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: We are very concerned about the situation in the middle east and the risks of an accidental war. We have made serious efforts to de-escalate tension, including the visit by my right hon. Friend, the Minister for the Middle East, to Tehran at the end of last week.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Middle East (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: The US is our closest ally. We talk to it the whole time. We consider any requests that it makes carefully, but I cannot envisage any situation in which it requests, or we agree to, any moves to go to war.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Middle East (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: The hon. Gentleman is right to ask that question. We have been doing extensive work. The message that we are sending with our partners in the European Union, particularly the French and the Germans, is that, with respect to Iran’s nuclear programme, this is a crucial week. Iran has said that it will reach the limits of what it is allowed for low-enriched uranium by 27 June, which is later...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Middle East (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: No one speaks more wisely on the middle east than my right hon. Friend after his very long and distinguished time in the Foreign Office with responsibility for that brief. He is, of course, right. Neither side wants war in this situation, but it is very important that there are ladders for people to climb down so that discussions and negotiations can take place.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Middle East (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: My right hon. Friend speaks very wisely on this. The truth is that the only real solution to this problem is for Iran to stop its destabilising activities in Yemen, which has seen missiles being fired into airports in Saudi Arabia; in Lebanon, which is seeing Hezbollah activity and attacks happening on Israel; and in Iraq and in Syria. That is the long-term solution.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Middle East (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: May I say gently to the hon. Gentleman that the cause of the problems is that destabilising activity by Iran has continued even after the JCPOA? It has had success in restraining Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and that is why we continue to support it, but we are not going to get proper peace in the middle east unless we end those thoroughly destabilising activities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Climate Change (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: The FCO is playing a leading role in promoting international co-operation on climate change, maintaining the momentum generated by the Paris agreement, and raising ambition, as indicated by our new net zero 2050 target.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Climate Change (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: We are very direct with President Trump. We do not agree with him on climate change, which is why we continue to uphold the Paris accord and why we are championing a UK bid to host the next big climate change conference, COP 26. We want it to be held in London at the end of next year, and if we are successful, it will tell the whole world how seriously we take the issue.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Climate Change (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right that we need to focus on young people, and I am sure there will be a youth event if we are successful in our bid to host COP 26, but in some ways I want to have an oldies event as well, because I want young people to see that older generations really do take this issue seriously. Their concern is that we are not as committed to it as they are, and we must...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Climate Change (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: I agree with the hon. Gentleman that the scenes in Malaysia and other parts of the world of plastic waste that has often come from us are not acceptable. All I can do is salute the extraordinary work done by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in championing an end to plastics in the ocean. The international leadership he has shown is extraordinary.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Climate Change (25 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Hunt: I think we are making progress, despite the setback of not having the United States on board. As for exactly what the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is doing, we have 299 people across the world whose job is entirely or partly to advocate on climate change. We are using our diplomatic network to its fullest effect.


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