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Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Soft Power (14 May 2019)

Mark Field: ...a terrible bunch they are on the Opposition Benches! Needless to say, our engagement with Europe goes well beyond EU membership. To ensure that the UK’s soft power potential is maximised after Brexit, we have already strengthened our diplomatic network, increased programme funding and produced bilateral strategies for each and every EU country. Globally, the FCO continues to support...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Soft Power (14 May 2019)

Mark Field: ...services will work very closely together and there will be a mutuality of interests and an equivalence, not least because of the importance of London as Europe’s capital market, regardless of Brexit.

Iran Nuclear Deal (8 May 2019)

Mark Field: I can give my hon. Friend a full assurance on that. He makes a good point. It is important, particularly in—dare I say it—a post-Brexit world, that this country should engage as far as it can with a range of international organisations, including the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Health Organisation, to name but three. On the issue of human rights,...

China: UK policy — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (7 May 2019)

Mark Field: ..., people trafficking and tackling the illegal wildlife trade, we have and will continue to have a lot in common. I will try to cover all the issues that arose in the debate. On trade, in a post-Brexit world, trading relationships with non-European countries will become ever more important. It is anticipated that in the very near future China will become the world’s largest economy. It...

Hong Kong: Pro-Democracy Activists (10 Apr 2019)

Mark Field: ...financial centre for China and does a lot of domestic work, Hong Kong still enjoys the confidence of many international capital markets. On the specifics of free trade agreements in a post-Brexit world, clearly Hong Kong would be towards the top of the list, given the strength of our relationship. We have made it very clear to China that one of the reasons we want one country, two systems...

Hong Kong: Pro-Democracy Activists (10 Apr 2019)

Mark Field: Just when we thought that we had got away from the Brexit debate, here we are. The hon. Gentleman makes a fair point in this regard: we must not take our eye off the ball when it comes to standing up for human rights as we come to make trade agreements. I am actually much more optimistic and hopeful than he is, and I say that from the perspective of a Foreign Office Minister. As we leave the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Overseas Soft Power (2 Apr 2019)

Mark Field: I had a chance to speak directly with Lord Ricketts in a radio studio a week ago. He recognises, I think, the difficulties that we face in dealing with the Brexit negotiations. I have been out not just to Brussels, but to the OECD in Paris recently. Again, I was very struck, as I worked with counterparts, by the fact that there is an important agenda, and that many European countries...

Forced Live Organ Extraction — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (26 Mar 2019)

Mark Field: ...in the Public Gallery, obviously recognising that these issues are close to the hearts of many representatives. Although it is perhaps understandable that much of the press coverage focuses on Brexit-related issues, a terrific amount of other work goes on. Many hon. Members—Back-Benchers and Front-Benchers alike—focus on that work. As a Foreign Office Minister, I try to do my level...

Kashmir (7 Mar 2019)

Mark Field: ...and wise words. She is absolutely right in many ways about one of the depressing things for all of us as parliamentarians in recent months. Despite all the attention on the battles being fought on Brexit, a huge amount of work is going on on this issue. We all feel strongly about this, and I have spent a lot of time, either on the phone, in video conferences or in person, with our...

Kashmir (7 Mar 2019)

Mark Field: ...the lines of communication between Indian and Pakistani counterparts during the fraught weeks since 14 February. We can be very proud that, at a time when so much of our energy and attention is on Brexit disputes, we have in the Foreign Office individuals who are working hard to do their best to ensure that, when there are flashpoints such as those that have happened in Kashmir, we can...

Jammu and Kashmir (27 Feb 2019)

Mark Field: ..., but obviously in other countries. I should say to the hon. Lady that, as it happens, I am going to be in the region on a long-prearranged trip—provided we get out of this place, anyway, with Brexit votes later on. I am hoping to go to India tomorrow morning for three days. This is obviously a fast-moving issue, and I will speak not just with our high commissioner out in New Delhi, but...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Soft Power (26 Feb 2019)

Mark Field: ...with the UK for decades, if not centuries, and they recognise that we will have strong connections in the years to come. They know that there is obviously a small amount of uncertainty with the Brexit arrangements that are taking place now, but the positivity of the UK’s brand, our reliability as a partner and the sense that we project international values are important.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South East Asia: Foreign Relations (31 Oct 2018)

Mark Field: ...to the UK. We raise issues of concern both bilaterally and through multilateral fora, including the EU. The UK’s objective is to build a deep and special partnership with the EU following Brexit, protecting our shared interests and values. This will be true of our cooperation in a range of multilateral fora and dialogues where we will remain close partners, and where there will be...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (6 Jun 2018)

Mark Field: ...policy of promoting universal human rights. The Foreign Secretary issued revised guidance on this to British Embassies and High Commissions in December, 2017. How best to pursue this policy after Brexit and with which international partners will depend on future circumstances.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Oecd (27 Mar 2018)

Mark Field: ...in the Stockbrokers Arms in Harpenden. This country is a founding member of the OECD, and I am pleased to confirm our strong links with it, which will continue to go from strength to strength after Brexit. I visited the OECD in Paris earlier in the month, when I reiterated our firm support for the visionary future programme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Oecd (27 Mar 2018)

Mark Field: ...way, but I am pleased that the OECD is an important issue in Hove, too. When I saw the secretary-general, he assured me that UK-OECD co-operation is strong and vibrant. Naturally, we talked about Brexit-related issues and the feeling was that we had an important ongoing role to play post Brexit. Above all, what struck me was just how valued the United Kingdom remains in institutions such...

Diplomatic Service and Resources — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Mar 2018)

Mark Field: ...hon. Friends, who talked in their contributions about the idea of DFID coming back into the Foreign Office. There is a sense in which there needs to be a broader focus. Particularly in the post-Brexit world that we will be living in, we need to focus all our energies in a one-Government situation. My right hon. Friend the Member for Newbury talked about official development assistance,...

Diplomatic Service and Resources — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Mar 2018)

Mark Field: ...the British Council, because that was mentioned by my right hon. Friend the Member for Mid Sussex. I fully recognise the fantastic work of the British Council and its soft power potential post-Brexit. I have seen that with my own eyes in virtually all my overseas visits in Asia, and indeed even last week when I was in Paris. Funding for the British Council has increased over the spending...

Diplomatic Service and Resources — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Mar 2018)

Mark Field: ...a resilient and adaptable network, with sufficient capacity to respond decisively to fresh priorities and challenges. This includes exploiting the inevitable opportunities that will arise in a post-Brexit world. We have some 274 posts in 169 different countries and territories. The FCO’s current overseas network provides a crucial platform from which the 30 other Government Departments...

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Democracy in Hong Kong (23 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: ...security, defence and intelligence; and human rights. Please be assured that there is and must be no trade-off between human rights, whether in Hong Kong or in any other part of the world, and any Brexit-related trade matters. I know that there will be ongoing debates in the House, but please be assured that that is my position as Minister and that of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office....


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