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 Apr 2021, 11:27 a.m.
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip’s funeral will take place today. In the UK, it will be broadcast across national TV, radio and online. You can also watch the funeral wherever you are in the world from the @RoyalFamily’s YouTube channel 👇 - Link
17 Apr 2021, 9:28 a.m.
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip’s funeral will take place today. In the UK, it will be broadcast across national TV, radio and online. You can also watch the funeral wherever you are in the world from the @RoyalFamily’s YouTube channel 👇 - 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
Mar. 02 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Apr. 13 Urgent Questions Chinese Government Sanctions on UK Citizens
Mar. 25 Written Statements Myanmar
Apr. 13 Westminster Hall Global Human Security
Mar. 25 Adjournment Debate Conflict in Tigray Region of Ethiopia
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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
22 Mar 2021
In Force
Not stated
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Caribbean Development Bank (Tenth Replenishment of the Special Development Fund (Unified)) Order 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
This Order approves the making of payments on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom (“the Government”) to the Caribbean Development Bank (“the Bank”) of sums not exceeding £21 million as a contribution to the tenth replenishment of the Special Development Fund (Unified) (the “Fund”). The payment approved by this Order will be made pursuant to the Resolution adopted by the contributors to the Fund on 12th February 2021. The Order also provides for the redemption of non-interest-bearing and non-negotiable notes issued by the Secretary of State pursuant to arrangements between the Government and the Bank.
Laid
22 Mar 2021
In Force
Not stated
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Asian Development Bank (Twelfth Replenishment of the Asian Development Fund) Order 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
This Order approves the making of payments on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom to the Asian Development Bank of sums not exceeding £117.64 million as a contribution to the twelfth replenishment of the Asian Development Fund (the “Fund”). The payment approved by this Order will be made pursuant to Resolution No. 408 adopted by the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank on 27th November 2020. The Order also provides for the redemption of non-interest-bearing and non-negotiable notes issued by the Secretary of State pursuant to arrangements between the Government and the Bank.
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Petitions addressed by Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
221,249
c. 1,185 added daily
224,274
(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 2 days, 9 hours

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.

146,345
Petition Closed

Impose sanctions on China over its treatment of Uyghur Muslims

Gov Responded - 28 Jul 2020
6 Sep 2020
closed 7 months, 1 week 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.

116,218
c. 911 added daily
171,255
(Estimated)

Urge the Indian Government to ensure safety of protestors & press freedom

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 15 Feb 2021 Debated on - 8 Mar 2021
17 Jun 2021
closes in 2 months

The Government must make a public statement on the #kissanprotests & press freedoms.

India is the worlds largest democracy & democratic engagement and freedom of the press are fundamental rights and a positive step towards creating a India that works for all.

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Departmental Select Committee

Foreign Affairs Committee

Commons 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.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee
Tom Tugendhat Portrait
Tom Tugendhat (Conservative - Tonbridge and Malling)
Foreign Affairs Committee Member since 29 Jan 2020
Chris Bryant Portrait
Chris Bryant (Labour - Rhondda)
Foreign Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Alicia Kearns Portrait
Alicia Kearns (Conservative - Rutland and Melton)
Foreign Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Stewart Malcolm McDonald Portrait
Stewart Malcolm McDonald (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South)
Foreign Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Andrew Rosindell Portrait
Andrew Rosindell (Conservative - Romford)
Foreign Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Bob Seely Portrait
Bob Seely (Conservative - Isle of Wight)
Foreign Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Henry Smith Portrait
Henry Smith (Conservative - Crawley)
Foreign Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Royston Smith Portrait
Royston Smith (Conservative - Southampton, Itchen)
Foreign Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Graham Stringer Portrait
Graham Stringer (Labour - Blackley and Broughton)
Foreign Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Neil Coyle Portrait
Neil Coyle (Labour - Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
Foreign Affairs Committee Member since 11 May 2020
Claudia Webbe Portrait
Claudia Webbe (Independent - Leicester East)
Foreign Affairs Committee Member since 11 May 2020
Foreign Affairs Committee: Upcoming Events
Foreign Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
<i>At 2.30pm: Oral evidence</i><br/>Dr John N. Nkengasong - Director at African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention<br/>Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw - Executive Chairperson at Biocon Limited<br/>Dr Mark Eccleston-Turner - Lecturer in Law at Keele University<br/><i>At 3.30pm: Oral evidence</i><br/>Dr Yanzhong Huang - Senior Fellow for Global Health at Council on Foreign Relations<br/>Mark Galeotti - Senior Associate Fellow at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)<br/>
20 Apr 2021, 1:45 p.m.
Global health security
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Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Publications


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
16 Apr 2021, midnight Developing Countries: Climate Change Anna McMorrin (Labour - Cardiff North)

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the £11.6 billion committed by the Government to international climate finance between 2021-22 and 2025-26, how much and what proportion of that £11.6 billion the Government plans to spend in each financial year between 2021-22 and 2025-26.

Answered by James Duddridge - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The Government is committed to doubling UK International Climate Finance to £11.6 billion over the next five years. No final decisions have yet been made on budget allocations.

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