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Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Developing Countries: Climate Change (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK is committed to supporting efforts to assist developing countries avert, minimise and address loss and damage. As COP26 Presidency, the UK will work with the incoming Egyptian Presidency for COP27 and UNFCCC Subsidiary Body Chairs to follow up on the actions set out in the COP26 Decision text. This includes the Glasgow Dialogue which will discuss the arrangements for the funding of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rivers: Pollution (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We have existing regimes to set ambitions for local water bodies through River Basin Management Planning, including nutrient limits in certain areas. The draft River Basin Management Plans were published on 22 October 2021 for consultation, which will end on 22 April 2022. The Government has taken powers in the Environment Act to create new, legally-binding targets in four priority areas...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water: Pollution (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Environment Agency (EA) receives over 100,000 incident reports a year, every one of which is recorded and assessed. The EA then focuses its efforts and resources on where they will have the most impact - so those which pose the greatest risk to the environment. The EA's Incident Triage Project is looking at how the EA can best use its resources and maximise benefits for the environment....

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tonga: Volcanoes (24 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK is deeply concerned by the appalling devastation caused by the volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tonga. While full details of the humanitarian impact are still unknown, it is estimated that up to 80,000 people will have been affected. HMG has been working with partners on options for support, helping to ensure a coordinated regional response. On Friday 21 January, the UK sent supplies...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Sudan: Politics and Government (24 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Abdallah Hamdok's resignation as Prime Minister of Sudan reflects the wider political crisis over the future of Sudan's democratic transition following the 25 October 2021 coup. His resignation reinforces the urgent need for all Sudanese political actors to work together to deliver the civilian rule that millions of Sudanese continue to call for. The Troika (UK, Norway, US) and EU issued a...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Homicide (24 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We are concerned by deteriorating security in North West Nigeria. Intercommunal violence and attacks by criminal groups are having a devastating impact on communities in this region, as well as in the Maradi region of Niger. The Minister for Africa discussed insecurity in Nigeria with Foreign Minister Onyeama in a bilateral meeting in November and she will hold further such discussions with...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Northern Ireland Protocol (24 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Foreign Secretary saw Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič last week at Chevening (13-14 January) for her first face-to-face talks. The meeting took place in a cordial atmosphere. They agreed that officials would meet next week in intensified talks and that the principals would meet again on 24 January.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (24 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK has supported the UN's Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) since its inception in 2006. The PBF is an important tool in addressing conflict risks and investing in prevention, with the UN playing a important role through its access and peacebuilding expertise to support conflict prevention and peacebuilding programmes across the globe. Our contribution has helped the PBF to support conflict...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tetraethyllead (20 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Tetraethyllead is listed on the UK REACH Candidate list as a substance of very high concern. There is no transition period associated with these obligations under UK REACH.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fly-tipping: Somerset (20 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Natural England is not aware of, or currently investigating, any recent incidences on the Blackmore Vale Commons and Moors SSSIs. Local authorities are responsible for keeping relevant land (land, which is open to the air, under the direct control of the authority, and accessible to the public with or without payment, as defined in the Environmental Protection Act 1990) clear of litter and...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Microplastics: Health Hazards (20 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Defra and the Environment Agency are working with academia, National Highways, and the UK water industry to improve our understanding of the scale of the microplastic pollution problem and to identify the key sources within the natural environment. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has been monitoring the scientific literature concerning the occurrence and effects of microplastics in food. On...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pheasants (19 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: A released captive-reared pheasant may be regarded as livestock if it remains significantly dependent on a keeper for their survival, for example for the provision of food, water, or shelter.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Northern Ireland Protocol: Packaging (19 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: There is currently nothing to prevent goods from Northern Ireland from using GB packaging.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Republic of Congo: Human Rights (18 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: In partnership with the international community, the UK Government engages with the Government of the Republic of the Congo on a range of issues, including human rights. The UK does not have a resident Embassy in the Republic of the Congo but we monitor the political, economic, and social situation in that country through the British Embassy in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Paulin Makaya (18 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Mr Paulin Makaya has successfully departed the Republic of the Congo (RoC) and is now in the UK. The UK does not have a resident Embassy in the RoC, but engaged with the RoC authorities on his case through our Embassy in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The UK's consular team in Kinshasa was engaged with Mr Makaya's case from his initial arrest through to his later release from...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: France: Travel Restrictions (18 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: I welcome the decision by the French authorities on 13 January to relax the border restrictions which were introduced on 18 December. The UK and France are in regular contact about the requirements for travel between our countries. FCDO travel advice is kept up to date as restrictions change.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Brazil: Indigenous Peoples (18 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK regularly engages with indigenous leaders and civil society organisations regarding the Amazon. Senior HMG officials discussed the indigenous lands' situation with Brazilian authorities most recently in December 2021. We have hosted indigenous leaders at our Embassy in Brasilia and we are in contact with the Brazilian National Foundation for Indigenous People (FUNAI), which is...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Sudan: Politics and Government (18 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Our statement with Troika partners (UK/Norway/US) and the EU on 4 January reinforced our support for Sudan's democratic transition. We urged the Sudanese military and other actors to engage in dialogue to secure a lasting solution to the current political crisis. We therefore welcome the UN's announcement that they will facilitate talks to help resolve the situation. The Sudan Quad (UK, Saudi...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: South Sudan and Sudan: Violence (18 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We are concerned by recent incidents of violence and the tragic loss of life, including in Aweil and Rumameer counties. We are in touch with partners, including the UN peacekeeping missions in South Sudan (UNMISS) and in Abyei (UNISFA) to better understand these incidents and where the international community can help to reduce intercommunal tensions and conflict. In the meantime the British...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Armenia: Azerbaijan (17 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK Government is monitoring the situation on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border following an increase in tensions last year. Through the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and bilateral engagement in Baku and Yerevan, UK officials continue to urge the Armenian and Azerbaijani authorities to settle all outstanding matters including the peaceful negotiation of their borders, in...


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