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Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Reservoirs (1 Jul 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Environment Agency monitors water levels across England. At the end of May, across the regions of England, reservoir water levels ranged from 78% of total capacity in north-west England to 94% in east England. Reservoir levels for England were at 85% of total capacity. Most reservoirs are in a normal position for the time of year. The Environment Agency’s National Framework for Water...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dogs: Holidays Abroad (29 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill proposes reducing the number of pet dogs, cats and ferrets that can travel to Great Britain in one non-commercial movement to five pets per vehicle. This was informed by research and engagement with various stakeholders, including authorised pet checkers, carriers, animal welfare organisations and veterinary bodies, to determine a suitable limit that...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animals: Imports (29 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We have introduced the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill into Parliament. This Bill includes a provision to reduce the number of pet dogs, cats and ferrets that can travel in one non-commercial movement from five per person to five per vehicle, or three per person if they are a foot passenger. The Bill also includes a power to make regulations about the importation of pet animals into...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act 1822 (29 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The introduction of the 1822 Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act was an important milestone. The UK was the first country in the world to pass legislation to protect animals and two years after this Act was passed, the organisation that would become the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was formed. In 1875, we were the first country to introduce measures to improve conditions...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Furs: Imports (29 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) data for 2019 indicates approximate values of £52,911,000 gross imports to the UK for raw furskins, tanned or dressed furskins, and articles of apparel, clothing accessories and other furskin articles. HMRC does not collect data on specific fur-bearing species. Under existing domestic legislation it is an offence to keep animals solely or primarily for...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Moreblessing Ali (28 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Minister for Africa and I [Lord Goldsmith] were appalled to hear of the murder of Moreblessing Ali. The British Ambassador in Zimbabwe publicly expressed her sadness at this tragic news and passed on our condolences to Moreblessing's family and friends. It is important that the Zimbabwe police continue to investigate her murder to establish the facts, and those behind this terrible crime...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Religious Freedom (28 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Nigeria's Constitution guarantees freedom of religion or belief. The security situation in Nigeria, and its impact on Christians and other religious or belief minorities is complex. In the North East, terrorist groups such as Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) and Boko Haram have caused immense suffering to both Christian and Muslim communities. These groups seek to undermine the right to...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Venezuela: Migration and Human Trafficking (28 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK supports efforts to ensure global migration is safe, orderly and regular, in line with the UN's Global Compact for Migration and the Sustainable Development Goals. Since 2019, the UK Government has spent £37 million in humanitarian aid in response to the Venezuelan crisis. This is on top of our existing multilateral contributions to the UN-managed Central Emergency Response Fund...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: River Chelt: Sewage (27 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We are the first government to take concerted action to reduce storm sewage discharges. The current use of sewage discharges is unacceptable, which is why this government is committed to a step change on action to protect public health and the environment from storm overflows. The Strategic Policy Statement for Ofwat sets an expectation on water companies to make progressive reductions in...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Marine Protected Areas: Fisheries (24 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: This is a devolved matter and the information provided therefore relates to England only. We have designated over 100 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) since 2010, so that now 40% of English waters are within the protected area network. We have already committed that the next step is to ensure all of our MPAs are properly managed and supported by our proposed legally binding target under the...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Sudan: Peace Negotiations (23 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: On 30 May, the British Ambassador to Sudan welcomed the lifting of the state of emergency and release of detainees as important steps to help create a favourable environment for political talks. We reiterated this at the UN Security Council (UNSC) on 3 June, but continue to call for all those detained arbitrarily to be released, for civil and political freedoms to be respected, and for an end...

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

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We issued a statement on 25 April, setting out our concerns and the need for the Sudanese authorities to deliver their responsibilities to protect civilians. We underscored the importance of an independent investigation into the violence at the UN Security Council (UNSC) on 27 April and helped to secure a UNSC statement condemning the violence on 29 April. We are also in contact with the UN...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: East Africa: Humanitarian Aid (23 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The £72 million of assistance encompassed allocations to Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan. Some of this was for new programming not covered in the £169 million allocation, for example the £25 million announced for Somalia by the Minister for Africa in April.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Violence (23 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Support for international criminal justice and accountability is a fundamental element of our foreign policy. The UK has always been, and remains, a strong supporter of the mission of the International Criminal Court (ICC), in line with its founding Statute. It is important for the stabilisation of North East Nigeria that victims and the families of those affected by the conflict see that...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Package Holidays: Animal Welfare (23 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: This Government takes the welfare of all animals seriously and as set out in the Government's Action Plan for Animal Welfare, we are committed to promoting high animal welfare standards both at home and abroad. Tourists, here, are being offered holiday packages overseas involving unacceptably low-welfare animal activities, attractions, and experiences. Animals that are part of tourist...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Development Aid (22 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The FCDO is creating a dedicated department for conflict prevention and conflict related atrocity prevention within the Office for Conflict, Mediation and Stabilisation. We anticipate that this process will be complete by the end of June, and staff will be based across FCDO's UK offices. The department will design and test a comprehensive approach to upstream conflict and atrocity prevention,...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: LGBT+ People: Equality (22 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is currently working though a business planning process. Decisions on funding for LGBT+ programmes will be made in due course. LGBT+ rights are fundamental human rights. The UK is committed to championing these rights internationally and supporting those who defend them.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Niger: Refugees (22 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Increasing insecurity across Nigeria is having a  devastating impact on affected communities. We continue to urge and support the Nigerian Government to take action to implement long-term solutions that address the root causes of violence, and we committed to work together to respond to insecurity in Nigeria at our Security and Defence Dialogue in February. We are also monitoring the...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Methodist Church (22 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We are aware of the abduction of the Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria alongside other clerics. They have now been released. The UK Government condemns kidnappings across Nigeria, and calls for the release of those still held captive. Through our Security and Defence Partnership with Nigeria, we are working together to help build capacity to respond to kidnaps. We are providing...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Ahmad Usman and Deborah Yakubu (22 Jun 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The recent murders of Ahmad Usman in Abuja and of Deborah Samuel in Sokoto State were barbaric and heinous acts. The UK Government condemns their killings and will continue to urge the relevant authorities to ensure the perpetrators face justice in line with the law. The Minister for Africa expressed her profound sadness at their tragic deaths in the House on 6 June and our Deputy High...


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