Results 61–80 of 3000 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park

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

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy identified tackling climate change and biodiversity loss as the UK’s international priority through COP26 and beyond. The UK is committed to playing a leading role at CBD COP15 this year to secure agreement to ambitious global action over the next decade. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we expect the COP...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Gun Sports: Lead (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Nine high-profile shooting organisations released a joint statement in 2020 calling for an end to lead in ammunition used for taking live quarry with shotguns within five years. We welcomed this move away from lead and are committed to ensuring a sustainable, mutually beneficial relationship between shooting and conservation. By 2020, the use of lead ammunition in England had already been...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Wood-burning Stoves (9 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We currently have no plans to introduce a ban on the installation, sale or use of wood-burning stoves in private dwellings. Woodburning stoves are subject to strict controls in terms of emissions of air pollutants and some households in rural areas rely on the use of these appliances to heat their homes. In Smoke Control Areas woodburning stoves use must comply with the relevant legislation...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water Companies: Pay (8 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Ofwat set clear expectations in the 2019 price review that required water companies to improve their corporate and financial behaviours, including through transparency about how executive performance pay and dividends relate to services for customers. Ofwat's expectations for companies on performance related pay were reflected in Ofwat's Board leadership, transparency and governance...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Furs: Imports (8 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Now we have left the EU, the Government is able to explore potential action in relation to animal fur. We are reviewing the evidence gathered both from our Call for Evidence and wider engagement with the fur trade and stakeholders, and a summary of responses will be published soon.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pâté de Foie Gras: Imports (8 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Government has made clear that the production of foie gras from ducks or geese using force feeding raises serious welfare concerns. Now we have left the EU we are able to consider any further steps that could be taken in relation to foie gras that is produced overseas using force feeding practices, such as restrictions on import and sale. We are gathering information and will continue to...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Development Aid: Rainforests (7 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: In 2018, approximately £74.6 million of bilateral International Climate Finance (ICF) was spent, in the form of grants, on forestry and forestry policy and administration with a further £11.8 million spent on forestry through contributions to multilateral climate funds. Details of UK ICF spending are reported to, and published by, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Burundi: Sanctions (7 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We note that the US Government revoked its Burundi sanctions regime in November 2021 and that in February 2022 the EU lifted its suspension on direct financial assistance to the Government of Burundi. The EU retains a separate sanctions regime on Burundi, under which four individuals are designated. The UK's Burundi (Sanctions) Regulations 2021 are no longer in force. No individuals or...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Abduction (7 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK Government condemns all attacks on schools; abductions of children are abhorrent and must stop. We continue to raise attacks on schools with the Government of Nigeria, and the Government of Nigeria has provided assurances that it is making every effort to secure the release of all those still held captive. The UK is working with Nigeria through our security and defence partnership to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food: Waste (7 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Since 2017, Defra has made a series of grants available to help the redistribution sector in their important work. Nearly £12 million has been awarded to over 250 large and small organisations across the country for the provision of, for example, warehousing, vehicles, fridges and freezers to get more surplus food to those who have a need. With the infrastructure support that has been...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Peat Bogs: Conservation (7 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: England's peatlands are our largest terrestrial carbon store. They provide a home for rare wildlife, regulate our water supply and provide a record of the past. However, only 13% of our peatlands are in a near-natural state. In the Net Zero Strategy, we committed to aim to restore approximately 280,000 ha of peatland in England by 2050. At least 35,000 ha of peatlands in England will be...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Security (4 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK Government is concerned about rising insecurity across Nigeria and we condemn all incidents of intercommunal violence, including in the Middle Belt. This violence has a devastating impact on both Christian and Muslim communities. While religious identity is a factor in some incidents of intercommunal violence, we assess that the root causes of violence in the Middle Belt frequently...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Visits Abroad (4 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Access to the region is limited due to security concerns, however, the Minister was able to meet with a range of interlocutors in Abuja, including faith and NGO leaders, who are supporting peace efforts in Nigeria's Middle Belt. The Minister heard a range of views on the differing and complex causes of conflicts in the region, and discussed the impact on affected communities. Causes include...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Mali: Peacekeeping Operations (4 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Of the c.14,500 personnel that make up the UN Peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the UK deploys 300 troops. Separately, we also deploy four Chinook helicopters with around 100 troops providing logistical support to the French counter-terrorism Operation Barkhane. We have been part of Operation BARKHANE since July 2018. As the French mission in Mali concludes, so will the UK's...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Elections (4 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK remains committed to supporting the democratic process in Nigeria, and we continue to stress the importance of free and fair elections ahead of the 2023 presidential race. We warmly welcome the signing of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law on 25 February. We assess that this will help contribute to free, credible and peaceful elections in Nigeria. The UK continues to work with...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Zimbabwe: Elections (4 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK remains concerned by the human rights situation in Zimbabwe. This includes a lack of accountability for human rights violations, including those responsible for the death of protestors in August 2018 and January 2019, at the hands of the security forces. We are also aware of recent reports of police brutality and efforts to frustrate the opposition's right to free assembly. While the...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Elections (4 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK Government remains concerned by insecurity across Nigeria. The Minister for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean met with officials at the Independent National Electoral Commission, where she discussed the importance of free, fair and safe electoral process in Nigeria, including for the 2023 elections. The Minister also met with religious leaders and officials from the Plateau State...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Burundi: Human Rights (4 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK Government welcomes steps taken by the Government of Burundi over the past 18 months, which demonstrate greater commitment to human rights including prisoner releases and engagement with some media outlets. However we remain concerned by reports of human rights violations and abuses being committed against the political opposition and critical voices. We are also concerned about the...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Africa: Military Coups (2 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We are concerned by the deteriorating situation across the Sahel and the impact on regional security. We joined the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union, and international partners to condemn the coups in Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Mali. We call for the return to democratic, civilian and constitutional rule without delay. In a meeting with ECOWAS President,...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Zimbabwe: Politics and Government (2 Mar 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK remains concerned by the human rights situation in Zimbabwe. This includes a lack of accountability for human rights violations, including those responsible for the death of protestors in August 2018 and January 2019, at the hands of the security forces. We are also aware of recent reports of police brutality and efforts to frustrate the opposition's right to free assembly. While the...


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