Results 121–140 of 3000 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Ethiopia (7 Feb 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: HMG undertakes regular contextual analysis of the changing situation in Ethiopia, including of the drivers of conflict and the changing political settlement. This analysis, undertaken routinely by our own staff and by a broad range of external experts informs our policy and programmatic approaches. We are deeply concerned by the growing humanitarian crisis in northern Ethiopia. The...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Land Mines: Bomb Disposal (4 Feb 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Since 2018, under the second iteration of the Global Mine Action Programme (GMAP2), the UK has been one of the most generous countries in the world in funding demining. By the end of financial year 2020/21, GMAP2 had invested £124 million in mine action activities, with at least £17 million more to be spent in this financial year. Under GMAP2 the UK has cleared and confirmed safe 435.2...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: EU Countries: Visas (3 Feb 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We raised the issue of touring artists at the first Partnership Council meeting on 9 June and at the Specialised Committee on Services, Investment and Digital Trade on 11 October. The agenda for the next meeting of the Partnership Council will be agreed with our EU counterparts in due course. We will ensure that priority issues for the UK are discussed at the meeting and our interests...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Land Mines: Bomb Disposal (3 Feb 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK is one of the leading supporters of mine action across the world. Our current Global Mine Action Programme (GMAP2, running from 2018-2022) has helped to raise standards across the global demining sector through its effective and innovative approach. Under GMAP2, the UK has cleared and confirmed safe 435.2 million square metres of land, the equivalent of over 60,952 football pitches,...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Angola: Land Mines (3 Feb 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK is a leading donor in supporting Angola's commitment to be landmine free by 2025. The UK's current Global Mine Action Programme (GMAP2, 2018-22) has, as of September 2021, cleared and confirmed safe over 27 million square metres of land in Angola (the equivalent of 3,784 football pitches) and provided 95,004 people with risk education. The Global Mine Action Programme 3 (GMAP3) is due...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animals: Electric Shock Equipment (3 Feb 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: In England, wildlife is protected by law through legislation such as the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017. Section 11 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 prohibits certain methods of killing or taking wild animals. Under subsection 2(c), a person will be guilty of an offence if they set in position any electrical device for...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Peat: Imports (3 Feb 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We are currently consulting on measures to end the use of peat in horticulture in England and Wales. This includes a ban on the retail sale of peat, which would see domestic peat and imports of peat treated alike. In 2020, bagged growing media containing peat in the retail sector accounted for almost 70% of peat sold in the UK. Our focus on ending the use of peat in horticulture in England...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pest Control (3 Feb 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: In England, wildlife is protected by law through legislation such as the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017. Section 11 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 prohibits certain methods of killing or taking wild animals. Under subsection 2(c), a person will be guilty of an offence if they set in position any electrical device for...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Antarctica: Non-native Species (2 Feb 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The protection of the Antarctic environment is discussed annually at Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings (ATCM), and the UK engages actively to ensure all activities in Antarctica are conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Within the Antarctic Treaty System, tourism and research vessels must operate in accordance with the Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty on...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Cameroon: Human Rights (2 Feb 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK is supportive of the values set out in the African Union's African Commission for Human and People's Rights, and its efforts in promoting the protection of human rights. HMG is working with the Government of Cameroon and international partners, to promote a peaceful resolution to the crisis in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon. This includes delivering Conflict,...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Violence (2 Feb 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK Government is concerned by increasing levels of violence in South East Nigeria. On 1 November 2021, the Minister for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean raised the issue of rising insecurity across Nigeria with Nigeria's Foreign Minister at a meeting at the COP26 summit in Glasgow. She will hold further such discussions with the Nigerian Government during the UK-Nigeria Security...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Zimbabwe: Elections (1 Feb 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: There has been no ministerial contact with the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) partners specifically on Zimbabwe's March 26 by-elections. However, through our Embassies and High Commissions, the UK regularly discusses the political, economic, and human rights situation in Zimbabwe with its international partners. The UK is committed to working in partnership with the SADC and the...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Angola: Land Mines (1 Feb 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Our Global Mine Action Programme (GMAP2) is forecasting spend of almost £1 million in Angola during this financial year (21/22) on mine clearance and other mine action activities such as risk education to help keep affected communities safe. This is additional to the £9.3 million we have already spent on mine action in Angola under GMAP2 since 2018. As of September 2021, GMAP2 funded...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Slovenia: Overseas Students (1 Feb 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK is proud to be celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations with Slovenia in 2022. Our relationship is strong, and is reinforced by the close and enduring friendship and cooperation facilitated through educational exchange. We welcome the launch last year of the UK-Slovenia alumni network and support its goal to deepen and consolidate our educational ties.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Biodiversity and Nature Conservation: Rural Areas (1 Feb 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Government has committed to funding all new burdens on local authorities arising from the Environment Act, including those due to the biodiversity duty on public authorities, Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) and Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRSs). The intention of the strengthened duty, though, is not to oblige public authorities to incur additional costs, but for them to consider...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Consumer Goods: Waste Disposal (1 Feb 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Businesses are obliged to follow the waste hierarchy, set out in the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011. This gives priority to preventing waste, and only then, in order, to reuse, recycling, recovery and last of all disposal. Failure to comply with this hierarchy can lead to enforcement action. Last year, we consulted on a new Waste Prevention Programme for England, which includes...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Antarctica: Tourism (31 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Tourism is discussed annually at Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings (ATCM) and the UK engages actively to ensure all activities are conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Within the Antarctic Treaty System, all activities in Antarctica must be undertaken in accordance with the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, which requires environmental...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Marine Environment: North Yorkshire (31 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Defra, Cefas, the Marine Management Organisation and the Environment Agency (EA), along with other agencies, are continuing to collaborate on the investigation into the cause of crab and lobster deaths along the Tees Valley including Teesport and Scarborough. The EA and Cefas have undertaken extensive tests to try to determine the cause and are reviewing the evidence gathered since the start...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animals: Customs (31 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We operate one of the most rigorous and robust pet travel checking regimes in Europe. All non-commercial dogs, cats and ferrets entering Great Britain (GB) on approved routes (every route other than the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Crown Dependencies) under the Pet Travel rules undergo 100% documentary and identity checks by authorised pet checkers. To enter GB pets must...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pets: Travel (31 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Carriers work closely with operational colleagues at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and Border Force and are committed to preventing illegal imports of pet animals. Authorised pet checkers are trained by APHA prior to being granted approval and receive annual audits of their checking and processing to ensure they uphold our requirements. APHA regularly reviews its border...


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