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

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Coronavirus: Vaccination (10 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK is committed to ending the acute phase of the pandemic as soon as possible, and strongly supports the COVAX Facility as a mechanism to enable this. We are among the largest donors to COVAX's Advance Market Commitment, committing £548 million that will help supply at least 1.8 billion COVID-19 vaccines to up to 92 low- and middle-income countries by early 2022. The UK will also donate...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Armenia: Azerbaijan (10 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Minister for Europe and Americas raised this important issue with both Governments directly, including during her visits to Armenia and Azerbaijan earlier this year and during subsequent engagements with her counterparts. The UK has continued to encourage both Governments to thoroughly investigate all allegations that prisoners of war and detainees were mistreated during and after last...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Lesotho: Droughts (10 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK is concerned by the impacts of the droughts in Lesotho. In 2020, the UK provided £6.5 million to support the immediate needs of vulnerable populations across the Southern Africa region, including £1.9 million to Lesotho through multilateral partners, when drought conditions first occurred. Lesotho currently imports most of its electricity, but the Government of Lesotho is expanding...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Ethiopia: Crimes against Humanity (10 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We are extremely concerned by reports of widespread human rights violations and abuses in Ethiopia committed by all sides in the conflict, including but not limited to mass killings in the north and incidents of ethnic targeting in Addis Ababa and elsewhere. The Foreign Secretary, our Ambassador in Addis Ababa and the Minister for Africa continue to raise human rights issues in our...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Bosnia and Herzegovina: Armed Conflict (10 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK takes talk of secession, and other threats to undo the progress of the last twenty-six years in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) very seriously. We have called on those responsible to cease this destabilising and divisive rhetoric. As a UN Security Council and Peace Implementation Council Steering Board member, the UK is committed to upholding the Dayton Agreement in BiH. The UK, along...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Waste Disposal: Licensing (10 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We are working to replace paper waste tracking forms with electronic waste tracking, and also on reform of the Carriers, Brokers and Dealers licensing regime. Taken together, these reforms will significantly reduce the opportunity for abuse of the waste system, whilst making it easier to prosecute waste criminals successfully. Consultations on the detail of these reforms are due to be...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fly-tipping (10 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Environment Agency tackles a wide range of waste crime including illegal dumping, responding to those incidents which pose the most significant threat to the environment due to their scale, impact or the involvement of organised crime groups. It is the role and responsibility of local authorities to handle smaller scale fly-tipping incidents. Any caller to the Environment Agency who...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Kyrgyzstan: Foreign Relations (9 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The United Kingdom looks forward to celebrating 30 years of bilateral relations with the Kyrgyz Republic in 2022. Plans for how best to mark this important occasion are still under consideration. We continue to strongly support the democratic development of Kyrgyzstan, as the Minister for Europe and Americas reiterated when she met the outgoing Kyrgyz Ambassador, Edil Baisalov, on 2 December.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Ethiopia: Christianity (9 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We are extremely concerned by reports of widespread human rights violations and abuses in Ethiopia committed by all sides in the conflict. The Foreign Secretary spoke to Deputy Prime Minister Demeke on 5 November. Our Ambassador in Addis Ababa spoke to Prime Minister Abiy on 28 October. The Minister for Africa spoke at a Westminster Hall Debate on 3 November and highlighted the horrific scale...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Africa: Coronavirus (9 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We share the concerns raised by Dr Alakija, co-chair of the African Union Vaccine Delivery Alliance, on the inequity in COVID-19 vaccine coverage across Africa compared with the rest of the world. That is why under our G7 Presidency, we gained commitment from G7 Leaders to share at least 870 million surplus doses with low- and middle- income countries by 2022. This includes 100 million by the...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Churches (8 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Government is concerned by increasing insecurity in Nigeria, including recent reports of criminal groups warning churches to close. The Government condemns all attacks on places of worship. We regularly raise rising insecurity and the importance of protecting civilians of all ethnicities and religions with both the Federal Government and State Governments in Nigeria. The British High...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Burundi: Refugees (8 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK Government welcomes the work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in conjunction with governments in the neighbouring region, to facilitate the voluntary return of refugees to Burundi. Working with its development partners, the Government of Burundi launched the 2021 Joint Refugee Return and Reintegration Plan, which aims to support the safe and dignified...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fly-tipping (8 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The maximum penalty for fly-tipping is 12 months’ imprisonment and an unlimited fine if convicted at a Magistrates’ Court, or five years’ imprisonment and an unlimited fine if convicted at Crown Court. The Environmental Protection Act 1990 was amended in 2015 to remove maximum limits on fines for fly-tipping.

Written Answers — Cop26: Climate Change Convention: Egypt (8 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Egypt, as COP27 Presidency, will put in place logistics arrangements for the COP27 conference in Sharm el Sheikh. However, as the current COP Presidency, we will work closely with Egypt over the coming year and will share our experience of organising a carbon-neutral COP, including transport planning. In addition, we will work closely with all Parties, including European ones, throughout the...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Armenia: Azerbaijan (7 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK Government has not made any specific representations to the Governments of Armenia or Azerbaijan following the summit on the 26 November. However, the Minister for Europe and Americas has continued to raise this important issue with both Governments following last year's conflict, including during her recent meetings with the Armenian and Azerbaijani Ambassadors on 4 and 17 November...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Eritrea: Christianity (7 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK Government frequently voices our concern about arbitrary arrests and detentions in Eritrea, including on the basis of religion or belief. We have called for release of such worshippers, directly with the Government of Eritrea, and publicly - through our annual reporting on human rights, at the UN Human Rights Council, and on 25 October through our statement at the interactive dialogue...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict (7 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK Government welcomes the ceasefire but remains concerned about the increase in tensions in recent months that has resulted in loss of life. We continue to raise the importance of securing a peaceful settlement to the conflict through negotiations facilitated by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group Co-Chairs. The Foreign Secretary did so most...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Bosnia: Peacekeeping Operations (6 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: In November, the United Nations Security Council authorised the EU stabilisation force's (EUFOR) mandate for a further 12 months. Although the UK no longer participates in EUFOR following our withdrawal from the European Union, we liaise closely with Commander EUFOR and his team. We also support the NATO HQ in Sarajevo including though the secondment of UK staff officers, who are playing an...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Bosnia and Herzegovina: Serbia (6 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK takes very seriously talk of secession and other threats to undo the progress of the last twenty-six years in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). We have called on those responsible to cease this destabilising and divisive rhetoric. The UK works closely with our partners in NATO and the EU to support the integrity of BiH as a single, sovereign state, comprising two entities. In the UN...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Africa: Coronavirus (6 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK has donated £548 million to COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), that has delivered over 188 million vaccine doses to 44 African AMC countries. In addition to the financial contribution to COVAX, the UK has donated 6 million surplus doses to 14 countries in Africa, mostly through COVAX. COVAX, and its key partners including UNICEF, work with the national governments, charities and...


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