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Vicky Ford: ...to democratic, civilian and constitutional rule without delay. In meetings with ECOWAS' President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou in February, and with Vice President Finda Koroma in March, I [Minister Ford] set out the UK's continued support for ECOWAS' mediation efforts.
Vicky Ford: ...in Burkina Faso. We are monitoring the political and security situation closely, and working with partners to encourage a swift, peaceful and constructive resolution to events. I [Minister Ford] set out the UK's continued support for the Economic Community of West African States' (ECOWAS) regional mediation efforts in a meeting with ECOWAS President, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, on 22 February....
Vicky Ford: ...not raised the treatment of these specific people so far, our High Commission in Kampala has repeatedly raised concerns about freedom of expression issues with the Ugandan Government. I [Minister Ford] raised these concerns with President Museveni and Foreign Minister Odongo during my visit to Uganda on 19 January 2022. I [Minister Ford] stressed the importance of Uganda upholding their...
Vicky Ford: We are deeply concerned that official statistics have recorded 100,000 disappeared people in Mexico. On 2 March I [Minister Ford] discussed human rights with the Mexican Minister for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. We are working with the Federal, State and municipal governments in Mexico on the development of a new investigation protocol to support law enforcement agencies in the...
Vicky Ford: Our thoughts remain with the victims and their families of this tragic accident, and I [Minister Ford] appreciate the distress caused by the ongoing delays. Officials at the British Embassy in Addis Ababa have been in contact with the Ethiopian Ministry of Transport and Air Accident Investigation Department to discuss the release of the final air accident report and will continue to lobby...
Vicky Ford: ...Parties to the 2018 Peace Agreement. For now the Parties have stated that they remain committed to peace, but there remains a risk of miscalculation and further violence. On 23 March I [Minister Ford] urged all parties to de-escalate, condemning the violence and calling on the Government of South Sudan to exercise leadership and oversight of the nation's security forces. With our...
Vicky Ford: May I ask my right hon. Friend whether the inquiry will look at the safety of tall buildings in which people work as well as those in which people live?
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Vicky Ford: While my hon. Friend is listing the Government’s great achievements, may I remind him that when Labour was last in government there were 1 million young people not in education, training or employment, and now we have one of the lowest levels of youth unemployment anywhere in Europe?
Vicky Ford: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?
Vicky Ford: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way to a new Member?
Vicky Ford: The EFTA court?
Vicky Ford: Will my right hon. Friend give way?
Vicky Ford: I hear the hon. Gentleman saying that the economy is not growing, but my memory of the statistics is that we are the second-fastest-growing economy in the developed world, after Germany. On what metric does the hon. Gentleman say that we are not a fast-growing or strong economy?
Vicky Ford: Chelmsford is one of the busiest commuter stations in the country, but Chelmsford commuters have experienced frequent and significant delays. Will the Minister please provide an update on what actions are being taken to counter these delays?
Vicky Ford: What assessment he has made of the effect of Government investment in infrastructure since 2010.
Vicky Ford: What plans he has to ensure that (a) environmental and (b) animal welfare standards are maintained after the UK leaves the EU.
Vicky Ford: Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman give way?
Peter Bone: ...was the point I made: that this House could ultimately reject a DL. That is clearly what happened: we vote on it. I remember, and we vote on them all the time—my hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford) mentioned at least eight times that they had been annulled.
Vicky Ford: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to help prisons to increase levels of (a) drugs testing and (b) searches for mobile phones.