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Written Question
Poverty: Diseases
Thursday 18th March 2021

Asked by: Baroness Suttie (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the public health impact and (2) the role of UK funding in Product Development Partnerships over the last ten years in tackling poverty-associated diseases such as Tuberculosis.

Answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

UK Government funding by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to Product Development Partnerships has contributed to 66 new health technologies, including diagnostics, drugs and vaccines being available for diseases and health threats that are underserved by commercial markets. These products have reached over 2.4 billion people around the world. This includes the game changing GenXpert technology to detect TB in 4 hours compared to several weeks previously. The technology was subsequently progressed to diagnose Ebola and COVID-19. This technology was developed with our core support by the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics and their partners. Since 2005, we are also one of the major donors to the TB Alliance, which has developed new treatments for TB, including the first child-friendly drug regimen and novel treatments for multi-drug resistant TB, such as Pretomanid, which, in combination with 2 other drugs, offers a highly effective, shorter and less toxic treatment option.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is a leading supporter of Product Development Partnerships, which bring together partners from the public, private and philanthropic sectors to develop new products in a way that de-links the cost of development from the final cost of product.


Written Question
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Friday 12th March 2021

Asked by: Baroness Suttie (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to disburse funding to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, according to the original schedule agreed to by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The impact of COVID-19 on the UK economy has required us to take the difficult but necessary decision to reduce the overall amount we spend on ODA. However, Global Health remains one of the UK's ODA priorities, focusing on overcoming COVID-19 and supporting healthier and more resilient populations in developing countries.

The Foreign Secretary is currently leading a review of ODA spend for 21/22, the outcome of which will be announced in due course.


Written Question
EU Countries: British Council
Friday 2nd March 2018

Asked by: Baroness Suttie (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to expand the British Council's operations in EU member states in the run-up to Brexit.

Answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The British Council plays an important role in maintaining strong and effective partnerships in Europe. British Council operations are primarily a matter for the Council and its Board of Trustees, but we regularly discuss priorities with them and will continue to do so, both for Europe and the rest of the world.


Written Question
British Council: Finance
Friday 2nd March 2018

Asked by: Baroness Suttie (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to make a decision on the future level of funding for the British Council in the developed world.

Answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

​The British Council plays an important role in projecting British values and promoting international cultural relations around the world. The British Council will continue to receive the annual funding that was agreed in 2015 as part of the Spending Review. In 2018/19 that includes £151 million Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding and £13 million non-ODA funding. Future funding for the British Council will be decided as part of the next Spending Review. Any decisions on funding which are taken outside that process will be updated to Parliament.


Written Question
Sudan: Human Rights
Thursday 4th January 2018

Asked by: Baroness Suttie (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to help to improve Sudan's performance against the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights (the Ruggie Principles) and corruption indicators, in particular by supporting the development of a national action plan on business and human rights that entails the full and free consultation of the country's trades unions and civil society organisations.

Answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Sudan remains a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights Priority Country and improving human rights is a key priority in our engagement with the Government of Sudan. The Sudanese Government is ultimately responsible for implementing the commitments contained in the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) on business and human rights. However, we stand ready to support Sudan in implementing their national action plan. We are also looking at further possible steps to improve Sudanese adherence to the UNGP and to ensure UK companies operating in Sudan fulfil their responsibilities.


Written Question
Sudan: Human Rights
Thursday 4th January 2018

Asked by: Baroness Suttie (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that UK companies comply with the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights (the Ruggie Principles) in dealings with Sudan.

Answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Sudan remains a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights Priority Country and improving human rights is a key priority in our engagement with the Government of Sudan. The Sudanese Government is ultimately responsible for implementing the commitments contained in the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) on business and human rights. However, we stand ready to support Sudan in implementing their national action plan. We are also looking at further possible steps to improve Sudanese adherence to the UNGP and to ensure UK companies operating in Sudan fulfil their responsibilities.


Written Question
Department for Exiting the European Union: Operating Costs
Tuesday 14th June 2016

Asked by: Baroness Suttie (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 11 May (HL8207), what representations they have made about the conditions under which political prisoners are held in Azerbaijan, particularly in the light of the reported assault of Ilgar Mammadov by prison guards in October 2015, and the June 2016 judgment by the European Court of Human Rights that the Azerbaijani authorities failed to provide adequate medical care to Leila and Arif Yunus during their imprisonment on political grounds.

Answered by Baroness Anelay of St Johns

The UK raises concerns about the conditions under which political prisoners are held in Azerbaijan at every appropriate opportunity. Our Embassy in Baku has requested to visit a number of prisoners, but the authorities have not yet granted permission. In the Council of Europe, we regularly call for more information on Ilgar Mammadov’s condition.


Written Question
Department for Exiting the European Union: Operating Costs
Monday 13th June 2016

Asked by: Baroness Suttie (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the fact that the Eastern Europe region remains the only region in the UN system yet to produce a Secretary-General, and the fact that seven of the declared candidates for the position are from Eastern Europe, whether, in accordance with United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/286 of 9 October 2006 on <i>Revitalisation of the work of the General Assembly</i>, they are fully committed to giving "due regard to regional rotation" in the selection of the UN Secretary-General.

Answered by Baroness Anelay of St Johns

We have actively campaigned to reform the selection process for a UN Secretary-General. We want greater transparency, a structured process and a gender diverse field. These efforts are designed to ensure we get the best person for the job. We do not subscribe to the notion of regional rotation, but are looking for a candidate with integrity, a proven track record, first class communication skills, suitable and relevant experience and unimpeachable character. They should be committed to transparency and accountability, have strong leadership skills, a bold vision for an activist UN at the heart of the rules-based system, and be committed to cost-effective management and reform.


Written Question
Ilgar Mammadov
Wednesday 11th May 2016

Asked by: Baroness Suttie (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Azerbaijan about the case of Ilga Mammadov.

Answered by Baroness Anelay of St Johns

We have raised the case of Ilgar Mammadov on a number of occasions since his arrest in February 2013. The Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), and the Minister for Europe, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Aylesbury (Mr Lidington), raised it bilaterally with the Government of Azerbaijan during their visits to Baku in December 2013 and November 2014 respectively. The UK issued a press statement in March 2014, expressing concern about the length of the sentence and the conduct of the trial. In the Council of Europe the UK has repeatedly called for the Government of Azerbaijan to fully implement the European Court of Human Rights judgement and release Mr Mammadov.


Written Question
Tunisia: Tourism
Monday 7th March 2016

Asked by: Baroness Suttie (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are funding training for the Tunisian tourism industry in order to improve their security arrangements, and if so, by how much.

Answered by Baroness Anelay of St Johns

Following the terrorist attacks in Sousse the British Government made a commitment to help the Tunisian government improve its security arrangements. This includes helping them improve their counter-terrorism capacity and ability to protect tourists, including British nationals. The UK continues to lead on providing expertise and mentoring for protective security with support from international partners. We do not release details of specific counter-terrorism activities for operational and security reasons.