Results 41–60 of 3000 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Armed Conflict (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Less than 10% of required aid has reached Tigray since July 2021. The UN has described Tigray as being subject to a 'de facto blockade' and we share this assessment. We welcome the humanitarian ceasefire announced by both sides on 24 March and are working with a range of stakeholders how to operationalise this to enable swift delivery of aid.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Christianity (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK Government is concerned by insecurity across Nigeria; this violence is having a devastating impact on affected communities of all faiths and ethnicities. We assess that the principal causes of violence are complex and multifaceted and are often linked to criminality and competition over resources. We continue to urge and support the Nigerian Government to take action to implement...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Sudan: Police (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We remain concerned at the political crisis and continued violent repression of protesters in Sudan. The US is right to condemn Sudan's Central Reserve Police for their use of excessive use of force against protestors. We will continue to consider all options to maintain pressure on the Sudanese security forces, including the possibility of sanctions. We would not normally speculate about...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Brazil: Rainforests (28 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK regularly engages with Brazil on deforestation in the Amazon, both at Federal and State levels, bilaterally and with international partners, as well as with the private sector and civil society. The UK will continue to convey to Brazil the importance of respecting its own environmental licensing processes, including on major infrastructure projects. We follow the deforestation...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Humanitarian Aid and Security (24 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK Government is committed to working with Nigeria to respond to the causes and consequences of conflict in Nigeria. At our recent Security and Defence Dialogue, we committed to work together to respond to shared threats, support efforts to respond to rising insecurity in Nigeria, and to promote human rights for all Nigerians. During the Dialogue the Minister for Africa discussed...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Soil (24 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: A Soil Health Action Plan for England (SHAPE) is currently being developed. Stakeholder engagement on the outline of SHAPE is planned for this spring ahead of publication, which is anticipated for 2023. As part of the Soil Structure Measuring and Monitoring Scheme, methodology and guidance for arable and grassland soils is being developed and will be tested with practitioners this spring.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Armed Conflict (23 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: At the UN Security Council on 28 January, the UK called on all parties to the conflict in Ethiopia to come to the negotiating table, and uphold their duty to protect civilians in accordance with their international legal obligations. Since the start of hostilities in November 2020 the UK has urged all sides to enable humanitarian agencies to deliver life-saving aid. In January this year the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Grouse Moors: Controlled Burning (23 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Anyone wishing to burn vegetation on deep peat (peat that is deeper than 40cms), within a Site of Special Scientific Interest and either a Special Area of Conservation or Special Protection Area needs a licence, granted by the Secretary of State. We have published guidance to support the Regulations, which sets out the very limited circumstances where burning on deep peat will be seen as a...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pets: Animal Welfare (23 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: In May 2021 we published the Action Plan for Animal Welfare, which sets out the Government's ambitious programme of legislative and non-legislative measures to further improve our high standards of animal welfare. As a key part of delivering this plan, we introduced the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill in June 2021. The Bill provides enhanced protections for pet, farmed and kept wild...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution (23 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: (1) As set out in the Clean Air Strategy, we are considering closing the regulatory gap between the current Ecodesign and Medium Combustion Plant regulations to tackle emissions from plants in the 500kW to 1MW thermal input range. Alongside this we are considering the case for tighter emissions standards for medium combustion plants and generators. We are continuing to assess the evidence and...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farming: Animal Welfare (23 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: All farm animals are protected by comprehensive and robust animal health and welfare legislation: The Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes it an offence either to cause any captive animal unnecessary suffering or to fail to provide for the welfare needs of the animal; and The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007 set down detailed requirements on how farmed livestock, including dairy...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fish Farming: Animal Welfare (22 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes it an offence to cause unnecessary suffering to any protected animal, or to fail to provide for the welfare needs of an animal, including fish, for which that person is responsible. Current regulations (1009/2009) require that farmed fish are spared avoidable pain, distress or suffering during their killing and related operations. Any allegations of welfare...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Zimbabwe: Health Services (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We regularly engage with the Government of Zimbabwe on a breadth of health care issues. Our Embassy officials met with the Permanent Secretary for Health and Child Care at the beginning of March. The UK is one of the largest donors to Zimbabwean health care. Between 2017 and 2022, the UK will have provided £130 million of support through the pooled Health Development Fund (HDF). The HDF...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Sudan: Politics and Government (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Since the 25 October 2021 military coup, Ministers, British Embassy staff in Khartoum and senior FCDO officials have continued to call for all political actors to engage in dialogue and support the return to the democratic transition. Most recently on 2 March, we released a statement welcoming a report on progress in the UN facilitated talks to end the crisis and the strong consensus it...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: South Sudan: Refugees (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UN estimates that there are 335,000 refugees in South Sudan, the majority from Sudan. The UN also estimates that there are 2.34 million South Sudanese refugees hosted by neighbouring countries including 962,000 in Uganda, 798,000 in Sudan, 390,000 in Ethiopia, 136,000 in Kenya and 56,000 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In South Sudan the UK does not provide specific...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Armed Conflict (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We are appalled at the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence in Tigray. The Foreign Secretary has made sexual violence in conflict one of her top priorities. We are working to promote justice for survivors of sexual violence, to provide support to survivors and children born of conflict related sexual violence and to prevent sexual violence from occurring. We deployed one of the UK's...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Armed Conflict (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We are deeply concerned by the worsening humanitarian crisis in northern Ethiopia. The conflict is causing appalling suffering to the civilian population, with over 400,000 people in Tigray now living in famine-like conditions and almost 30 million in need of urgent humanitarian assistance across the country. The humanitarian response in Tigray is now at standstill owing to the de facto...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Armed Conflict (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: On her visit to Ethiopia in January 2022, Vicky Ford MP (FCDO Minister for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean) met the Ethiopian Minister for Health who committed to increasing the number of humanitarian flights reaching Tigray. Since that meeting, there has been marked increase in humanitarian flights principally carrying medical aid. Almost 20 metric tons of aid reached Mekelle by air...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Convention on Biological Diversity: China (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Biodiversity loss is a global problem that needs a global solution, and the UK is committed to playing a leading role in developing an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework to be adopted at COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity later this year. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we expect the COP itself to take place in the third quarter of 2022. The UK will be...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Convention on Biological Diversity (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK is committed to playing a leading role in developing an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework to be adopted at COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity later this year. Defra continues to work closely with a wide range of NGOs, businesses and civil society organisations to deliver its objectives. Defra is also seeking input from its specialist arms-length bodies and...


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