Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

We pursue our national interests and project the UK as a force for good in the world. We promote the interests of British citizens, safeguard the UK’s security, defend our values, reduce poverty and tackle global challenges with our international partners.


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Secretary of State

Dominic Raab
Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State

Ministers of State
Nigel Adams - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
James Cleverly - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
James Duddridge - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
Wendy Morton - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

17 Jan 2021, 2 p.m.
"We the peoples of the United Nations..." To mark 75 years since the first @UN meeting in London, the @UKUN_NewYork Youth Activists have read the preamble to the UN Charter. Listen below to @GabrielleAlphon, @meicasal and @jonelleawo ⤵️ https://t.co/MMzs52TG5y - Link
17 Jan 2021, 12:40 p.m.
WATCH: Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab on @BBCPolitics’ The #Marr Show outlines his vision for a truly Global Britain, ahead of the UK's presidency of the @G7 in Cornwall this summer. The UK will lead on the world stage to shift the dial on #ClimateChange. https://t.co/ONBCMtqSWy - Link
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Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Nov. 24 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Dec. 16 Urgent Questions Uyghur Slave Labour: Xinjiang
Jan. 13 Written Statements Gibraltar: Future Relationship with the EU
Jan. 13 Westminster Hall Kashmir
Dec. 08 Adjournment Debate Arrest of Egyptian Human Rights Advocates
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Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.


Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
11 Jan 2021
In Force
1 Feb 2021
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Bank for International Settlements (International Development Act 2002 and Immigration (Exemption from Control) Order 1972) (Amendment) Order 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order makes provision to enable the grant of immunities and privileges to the Bank for International Settlements and its governors, executive directors, alternates, officers and employees.
Laid
11 Jan 2021
In Force
Not stated
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Bank for International Settlements (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
This Order confers legal capacity and grants immunities and privileges on the Bank for International Settlements and certain of its officers, members of staff, secondees and experts. These privileges and immunities are conferred in accordance with a Host Country Agreement (CP 368) which has been negotiated between Her Majesty’s Government and the Bank. It will enable Her Majesty’s Government to give effect to that Agreement.
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Petitions addressed by Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
220,869
c. 2,270 added daily
429,633
(Estimated)

Implement sanctions against the Nigerian Government and officials

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 11 Nov 2020 Debated on - 23 Nov 2020
20 Apr 2021
closes in 3 months

The Government should explore using the new sanctions regime that allows individuals and entities that violate human rights around the world to be targeted, to impose sanctions on members of the Nigerian government and police force involved in any human rights abuses by the Nigerian police.

146,344
Petition Closed

Impose sanctions on China over its treatment of Uyghur Muslims

Gov Responded - 28 Jul 2020
6 Sep 2020
closed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The UK Government plans to introduce “Magnitsky law”, a law which targets people who commit gross human rights violations. Through this law or alternative means, this petition urges the UK Government to impose sanctions on China for their human rights violations on the Uyghur people.

30,349
Petition Closed

Impose Financial sanctions on the State of Myanmar (Burma).

Gov Responded - 4 Oct 2017 Debated on - 16 Apr 2018
14 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 10 months ago

Impose harsh financial sanctions on the State of Myanmar due to the current ongoing ethnic cleansing being pursued by elements of its security forces.

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Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Select Committee

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.


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Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
1 Sep 2020, 5:59 p.m. Matthew Offord (Conservative - Hendon) Matthew Offord (Conservative - Hendon)

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it remains the Government's policy not to support the boycott of Israeli (a) goods and (b) services.

Answered by James Cleverly - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The British Government has made its position on boycotts/sanctions clear. We are firmly opposed to boycotts/sanctions against Israel. We believe that open and honest discussions, rather than supporting anti-Israeli boycotts, best supports our efforts to help progress in the peace process and achieve a negotiated solution.

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