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Written Question
Iran: Diplomatic Relations
3 Jun 2020

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on reported social media comments by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei stating that Britain has always been a source of evil and catastrophe.

Answered by James Cleverly

We have a long-standing bilateral relationship with Iran. This is not without its challenges and we continue to engage with Iran, including at ministerial level, on a range of important issues. However, no representations have been made on the Supreme Leader's comments.

On the reference to Palestine, we are clear that we want to see the creation of a sovereign, independent and viable Palestinian state - living in peace and security, side by side with Israel.


Written Question
Diplomatic Service: British Nationals Abroad
17 Mar 2020

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to strengthen consular support for UK nationals overseas.

Answered by Nigel Adams

Consular support is tailored to the individual circumstances of each case, and prioritises those that need help the most. A key aspect of our support is prevention to help British people keep safe overseas, including representations to authorities overseas to make local environments safer for British people. Where this is not possible we may advise against travel. The Foreign Secretary announced today that we advise against all but essential travel for the next 30 days due to the current outbreak of Covid19, which has affected our ability to provide consular support.

We have specialist teams working on forced marriage, murder, kidnap and cases involving those on death row or at risk of the death penalty. Additionally we work with, and fund, other organisations where these are better placed to provide support, or have specialist skills that we need including the Victim Support Homicide Service, Lucie Blackman Trust, and (for detainees) Prisoners Abroad.


Written Question
International Law
6 Dec 2018

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to strengthen the rules-based international order.

Answered by Alan Duncan

The rules-based international system has made the world collectively more prosperous and safe than ever before. Today, upholding and strengthening this system is a priority for the government. We are reinvigorating and expanding the UK's diplomatic network in order to reinforce our friendships and alliances, to defend the values of democracy and human rights, to reform the multilateral architecture where needed, and to reach agreement on new rules in evolving policy areas. This will allow the UK to play a leading role in shaping a rules-based international system fit for the future.


Written Question
China: Foreign Relations
1 Nov 2018

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress he has made on improving relations between the UK and China.

Answered by Mark Field

The Prime Minister’s visit to China in January opened a new chapter in what has become known as the ‘Golden Era’ in UK-China relations. The recent meeting between the Prime Minister and Premier Li at the Asia-Europe Meeting Summit in October emphasised the broad mutual benefit from the relationship. Our aim is to maintain a strong partnership which supports economic growth for both countries and helps to tackle global challenges. This stronger partnership should mean we can have frank discussions on issues where we disagree.


Written Question
Wildlife: Smuggling
27 Mar 2018

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

What steps his Department is taking to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.

Answered by Harriett Baldwin

The UK is taking a leading role in ending the illegal wildlife trade globally. The Government is funding practical action to reduce demand, strengthen enforcement and develop sustainable livelihoods in the communities affected by the illegal wildlife trade. We will host an ambitious high-level international conference in October to push for further progress.