Results 161–180 of 3000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Featherstone

Gender Equality in Overseas Parliaments (25 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank my hon. Friend. The hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North asked that we put women at the heart of international development, and we have lived up to that. I have not attended an occasion or met a Government anywhere in the world without raising that as a primary issue. The hon. Lady also asked about the post-2015 agenda. The high-level panel report was excellent and, amazingly, it...

Gender Equality in Overseas Parliaments (25 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: Winning seats is the issue for my part of the coalition, because if we do not win seats, we cannot get women or men into them. I totally agree, however, and I think we are working in that direction. The hon. Lady’s party, with its all-women shortlists, and my coalition partners with their A list or B list—I am not sure which—have made advances, and the face of Parliament has definitely...

Job Creation: Developing Countries — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (24 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: What a pleasure it is to serve under your unexpected chairmanship this afternoon, Mr Hollobone. You are a very welcome replacement. Thank you for enabling us to continue with the debate. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Stafford (Jeremy Lefroy) for securing such an important debate. In his opening remarks, he said he had just returned from Liberia and Sierra Leone, which listed...

Job Creation: Developing Countries — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (24 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: My hon. Friend makes an excellent intervention. CDC has gone from strength to strength. Not that long ago there were some question marks over it, but it has moved well away from that. As he says, because it works in the most fragile, conflict-affected and poorest of countries, its success is all the more remarkable. It has created more than 68,000 new jobs.

Job Creation: Developing Countries — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (24 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I will respond to the hon. Lady in a moment on the issue of deadweight loss. Moving on from CDC, in the long term, the key to mass job creation is improving the environment for domestic and other businesses to invest and grow. DFID is focused on these long-term determinants of job growth.

Job Creation: Developing Countries — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (24 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Gentleman is obviously right. We work in that direction and we are working as fast as we can to enable job creation to happen. I have covered a number of things, but part of what DFID does is on the enabling environment for investment and therefore job creation, whether that means cutting the time it takes to get goods across a border from four weeks to one day, or help with filling...

Job Creation: Developing Countries — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (24 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: That is absolutely the case. There are some benign circles that we need to get going in, for example, higher education in developing countries, because skills in health and education need to be supplied locally. We need to up the quality of teaching and professionals in the health service. Indeed, that is how we are moving forward, and I believe I will be giving evidence to the IDC on health...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Cuba (18 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: DFID has no plans to establish a bilateral aid programme with Cuba. We provide assistance through our share of contributions to multilateral agencies, and the British embassy provides some funding to promote economic development.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Cuba (18 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I am afraid that we cannot do as my hon. Friend wishes. We carried out bilateral and multilateral aid reviews to help us to determine where our aid was best focused, and the results did not include Cuba, so we have no plans to give it any bilateral aid.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Thailand (18 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: The United Kingdom has been encouraging commitment to democracy and rule of law in Thailand following the coup. The Government are liaising closely with EU partners and others on a united response. DFID does not have a programme in Thailand, because it is an upper middle-income country.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Thailand (18 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: As I have said, DFID does not have a bilateral aid programme in Thailand, but the UK is working closely with EU and others in the international community, including our ambassador in Thailand, to secure commitment to the values of democracy and the rule of law in the interests of Thailand’s peace and stability.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Thailand (18 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Member is absolutely right. We are particularly concerned by the restrictions on freedom of assembly, association and expression, and by the large number of arbitrary detentions. However, this is an FCO lead, so we do not make those particular representations.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Thailand (18 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: We obviously keep a watching brief on the region, and in fact at the moment it is the other way round, because some funding from our Burmese programme is supporting the Burmese refugee camps in Thailand. At the moment, from what we can see the coup does not seem to be having any impact outside the country.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Female Genital Mutilation (18 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: Female genital mutilation is violence against women and girls. The UK has made the largest donor commitment ever to help end FGM, with a flagship programme of £35 million in at least 17 countries. The Prime Minister will host a summit in July that will step up global efforts to end both FGM and child, early and forced marriage within a generation.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Female Genital Mutilation (18 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank my hon. Friend. He raises a critical issue. When I went to Burkina Faso, one of the leading countries in Africa in tackling and reducing FGM, I visited a school to watch an FGM lesson. It is part of the curriculum there, and I do believe that this needs to be a required part of the curriculum here in high-prevalence areas. In a recent speech on development, the Deputy Prime Minister...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Female Genital Mutilation (18 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank my hon. Friend for that question and I can assure her that I do take every opportunity to raise the issue, because these social norms, which oppress and suppress women and have been going for 4,000 years, are really because of women’s low status in the world in terms of rights and of voice, choice and control over their own lives.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (18 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I returned from Rwanda just over a week ago and I can assure the hon. Gentleman that relations are good. Rwanda is an exemplar in terms of development, but I had to raise the issue of political space and other human rights issues.

Syrian Refugees (Support and Aid) (29 Apr 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Chope. I begin by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Hexham (Guy Opperman) on securing this important debate. As the Syrian conflict enters its fourth year, I genuinely welcome his efforts to bring the plight of Syrian refugees to the House’s attention. I will give a broad description of what we are doing, but I hear loudly...

Syrian Refugees (Support and Aid) (29 Apr 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: This country has an honourable history of receiving asylum seekers, and I am pleased that the first refugees under the new scheme arrived in March. Our young people are going to fight in Syria with what I hope are misguided good intentions. The Foreign Secretary and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have made it absolutely clear that such activity should not be embarked on, as it is...

Syrian Refugees (Support and Aid) (29 Apr 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I will come to that. It is important to recognise the impact the refugee crisis is having on the host communities, which is why we are working with partners to ensure that host community needs are incorporated into all programmes. If the host communities are not supported, only the refugees are getting support, which causes all sorts of knock-on problems. The UK also gives £12 million of...


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