Wayne David Portrait

Wayne David

Labour - Caerphilly

Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

(since September 2020)
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
10th Apr 2020 - 2nd Sep 2020
Defence Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 11th May 2020
Defence Sub-Committee
5th Mar 2020 - 11th May 2020
Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement)
12th Oct 2016 - 16th Jan 2020
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
1st Jul 2015 - 27th Jun 2016
Shadow Minister (Justice)
1st Jul 2015 - 27th Jun 2016
Shadow Minister (Scotland)
1st Jul 2015 - 27th Jun 2016
Shadow Minister (Justice) (Political and Constitutional Reform)
11th Oct 2011 - 7th Oct 2013
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
8th Oct 2010 - 7th Oct 2011
Shadow Minister (Wales)
12th May 2010 - 8th Oct 2010
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
5th Oct 2008 - 6th May 2010
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
2nd Jul 2007 - 5th Oct 2008
Welsh Affairs Committee
4th Jun 2007 - 8th Nov 2007
European Scrutiny Committee
16th Jul 2001 - 6th Nov 2007
Conventions (Joint Committee)
17th May 2006 - 31st Oct 2006
Standards and Privileges
28th Oct 2004 - 12th Jul 2005
Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee
1st Aug 1994 - 31st Jul 1998


Department Event
Tuesday 26th October 2021
11:30
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
26 Oct 2021, 11:30 a.m.
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (including Topical Questions)
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Department Event
Tuesday 30th November 2021
11:30
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
30 Nov 2021, 11:30 a.m.
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Friday 22nd October 2021
Prayers
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 114 Labour No votes vs 0 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 3 Noes - 336
Speeches
Tuesday 19th October 2021
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: Iran

It is a real pleasure to serve under your chairpersonship, Ms Nokes. I had hoped to speak yesterday about Sir …

Written Answers
Monday 18th October 2021
Liver Diseases: Health Services
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of outcomes in …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 15th March 2021
1. Employment and earnings
9 February 2021, received £140 from YouGov, 50 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RT, for a survey. Hours approx. 45 mins. …
EDM signed
Monday 18th January 2021
Godfrey Colin Cameron
That this House is deeply saddened by news of the death of Godfrey Colin Cameron, a hardworking member of Parliamentary …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 5th February 2020
Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) (No. 2) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to prohibit unpaid work experience exceeding four weeks; and for connected purposes.

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Wayne David has voted in 260 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
James Cleverly (Conservative)
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
(31 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
(6 debate interactions)
James Duddridge (Conservative)
(6 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(10 debate contributions)
Ministry of Defence
(6 debate contributions)
Wales Office
(4 debate contributions)
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Caerphilly Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petition Debates Contributed

Recognise the state of Palestine to help stop the conflict from Israel. Not recognising the Palestinian state allows Israel to continue their persecution of the Palestinians.

The Government should introduce sanctions against Israel, including blocking all trade, and in particular arms.


Latest EDMs signed by Wayne David

14th January 2021
Wayne David signed this EDM on Monday 18th January 2021

Godfrey Colin Cameron

Tabled by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)
That this House is deeply saddened by news of the death of Godfrey Colin Cameron, a hardworking member of Parliamentary security staff and member of the PCS trade union who passed away aged just 55 after contracting covid-19; extends our sincere condolences to his devoted wife Hyacinth, children Leon and …
139 signatures
(Most recent: 8 Feb 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 117
Scottish National Party: 15
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 2
Alba Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
22nd July 2020
Wayne David signed this EDM on Tuesday 1st September 2020

Sarah Chapman’s grave

Tabled by: Apsana Begum (Labour - Poplar and Limehouse)
That this House is alarmed at the imminent plans to mound the grave of Sarah Dearman (nee Chapman), a key organiser of the matchgirl’s strike in 1888 in Manor Park Cemetery, East London; notes that Sarah Chapman played a leading role in the historic strike and that the matchgirls as …
15 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Oct 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 11
Scottish National Party: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Wayne David, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Wayne David has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Wayne David has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Wayne David has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


78 Written Questions in the current parliament

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19th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with (a) the Welsh Government and (b) the other devolved administrations on implementing a framework for compensation for the victims of contaminated blood to ensure that there is parity of support for all the victims across the UK.

Work is currently underway across the government on a number of infected blood issues. I will update the House shortly on progress.

The (then) Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster wrote to the Chair of the Infected Blood Inquiry on 2 July 2018, approving legal support funding for people infected, and their families. Details of how to apply for funding are on the Inquiry’s website - Statement of Approach: Legal Representation at Public Expense.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether candidates standing for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections will be provided with a freepost to electors.

As for previous Police and Crime Commissioner elections, all candidates standing at the May 2020 Police and Crime Commissioner elections are entitled to have a candidate address published on the choosemypcc.org.uk website. The Government will meet the cost of providing, on request, to eligible electors a printed booklet of all the candidate addresses for their police area.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
27th Jan 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to publicise the Police and Crime Commissioner elections on 7 May 2020.

The statutory responsibility to raise awareness of the Police and Crime Commissioner elections rests with the Electoral Commission and the Returning Officers running the polls, although political parties and candidates also have a major - but non-statutory - role. It is expected that candidates seeking votes will undertake activity to set out their policies and encourage participation.

In parallel to this, poll cards provide electors with details of the Government run freephone telephone number and website to obtain information about candidates, which can be downloaded from the website. A paper booklet can also be requested and sent for free to an elector’s home address. Booklets can be ordered in large print, braille and audio versions.

The Government supports these statutory activities by providing funding to Police Area Returning Officers (PAROs) to raise awareness. The Government also undertakes a range of promotional activities, including via social media and the provision of advertising material to PAROs.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the recommendation from industry to integrate military and civil space operations into a National Space Operations Centre to jointly operate key national infrastructure and maximise data sharing on the UK's space capability.

The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy will consider the ways in which our international and national security strategy must evolve as the world changes. This will include an assessment of the space capabilities needed by the UK in the future.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
22nd Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of representations from industry to develop a sovereign space-based positioning, navigation and timing capability on the UK's space capability.

The Government’s Space-Based Positioning Navigation and Timing Programme (SBPP) is exploring innovative and alternative ways of delivering vital satellite navigation and timing services to the UK. These services are critical for electricity networks, communications systems, and the maritime, aviation and defence sectors, as well as for getting from A to B.

In October a ‘Request for Information’ consultation was opened with industry and academia to ensure the right space-based solutions are explored by the new programme. This has now closed, we are grateful for the inputs received and are now considering this feedback that will set out approach and workstreams going forward.

Once approved, the SBPP Pre-Market Engagement strategy will set out the next steps and timings for engagement with and the opportunities for industry in 2021. Further details will be shared as soon as possible.

This work will boost the UK’s already thriving space industry and expertise, whilst paving the way for a more ’Global Britain’, with greater independence from foreign systems.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to (a) publish the results of the consultation on improvements to animal welfare in transport and (b) bring forward legislative proposals to ban the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening.

The public consultation ended on 25th February and we are currently analysing all the responses we received. We will be publishing the Government response later this year.

We hope to have legislation in place to end live animal exports for slaughter and fattening by the end of the year.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on ensuring that residents of Caerphilly Borough are able to claim refunds on holidays they are unable to take as a result of the local covid-19 lockdown.

The legal obligations of airlines to issue refunds is a reserved matter. The CAA is the independent regulator that enforces these obligations of airlines across the whole of the UK.

Both the CAA and the Department have urged travel businesses to act fairly and offer a refund to all customers who are entitled, depending on the terms and conditions of the contract in place. Consumers who are entitled to refund should contact travel providers or their credit card issuers for reimbursement.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of outcomes in liver disease care in England compared to (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) other comparable countries.

Public Health England (PHE) has not made a direct comparison of outcomes in liver disease care in England, Scotland and Wales.

In 2017, PHE published the Second Atlas of Variation in risk factors and healthcare for liver disease in England. This included comparisons of liver disease outcomes across the European Union, in particular France and Sweden as comparable countries to the United Kingdom. The Second Atlas of Variation in risk factors and healthcare for liver disease in England is available at the following link:

https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile/atlas-of-variation

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the increasing trend in alcohol consumption and harm; and what steps his Department is taking to tackle that increase.

There is a programme of work underway to address alcohol-related health harms and their impact on life chances, including the establishment of specialist alcohol care teams in hospitals and support children of alcohol dependent parents.

The new Office for Health Improvement and Disparities will lead our efforts to improve treatment and support, with £80 million of new investment. We have also committed to publish a new United Kingdom-wide cross-Government addiction strategy which will consider a range of issues, including drugs, alcohol and problem gambling. We will consider the emerging evidence around increased alcohol harms during the pandemic and what further action is needed as we develop the strategy.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the (a) Welsh Government and (b) other devolved Administrations on ensuring there is parity of support for all victims of the contaminated blood scandal across the UK.

My Rt. hon Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care recently met with his counterparts in the devolved administrations to discuss this issue.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when the Government plans to publish information on BA flight 149, 1 August 1990, and the detention of British citizens from that flight in Kuwait.

Any information that the FCDO holds in its records on Flight BA149, and the detention of the passengers and crew from that flight by the then Iraqi government, will be made available at The National Archives in line with FCDO's obligations under Public Records Act, subject to any legal exemptions. Further information about the FCDO's record release programme is available at www.gov.uk/archive-records.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Bahrain on (a) the return of Abuljalil AlSingace's confiscated research to him or his family and (b) his release from detention.

We continue to monitor and raise the case of Dr Abduljalil al-Singace and others as necessary, with the Bahraini Government as well as with the oversight bodies.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Bahrain to ensure that Hassan Mushaima (a) receives food appropriate to his dietary requirements, (b) is granted full access to his medical records and (c) is immediately released from prison.

Responsibility for the provision of dietary and medical care to Hassan Mushaima lies with the Government of Bahrain, who have made clear that access to medical care for those in detention is guaranteed by the Constitution of Bahrain.  We continue to monitor and raise the case of Hassan Mushaima and others, as necessary, with the Bahraini Government as well as with the oversight bodies.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the UK’s support to Tunisia’s covid-19 vaccination programme; and what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the provision of further support from the international community to that programme.

I discussed the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic with the Tunisian Foreign Minister, Othman Jerandi, in the margins of the G20 in Italy on 29 June. The UK is committed to rapid equitable access to safe and effective vaccines. We are among the largest donors to the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Advance Market Commitment, committing £548 million. The UK is also donating 80% of its surplus vaccines to COVAX. This support to COVAX has been critical to it supplying COVID-19 vaccines to over 120 countries and economies, including Tunisia. By the end of June, Tunisia received over 760,000 doses from COVAX and will eventually receive 20% of their entire national requirement from COVAX absolutely free.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the current (a) political and (b) humanitarian situation in Lebanon.

Lebanon is facing a severe economic and political crisis, which the World Bank has warned could rank in the top ten, possibly top three, most severe crises globally since the mid-nineteenth century. Its people are suffering from the failure of Lebanon's political elites to form a government and deliver much-needed and long-promised reforms, exacerbated by the public health crisis caused by COVID-19 and the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion in August 2020.

The UK is a long-standing friend of Lebanon. Since 2011, the UK has allocated over £780 million in humanitarian and development funding to Lebanon. The UK and members of the International Support Group for Lebanon stand with the people of Lebanon in their time of need, but we are clear that Lebanon's leaders need to form a capable government and implement a credible reform process as the only sustainable way to address the crisis. I made this clear in my public message following Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Hariri's resignation on 15 July.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much Official Development Assistance he has allocated to Lebanon in (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22.

FCDO's 21/22 planned country allocations (budgets) will be published in our Annual Report later this year alongside our audited 20/21 accounts. HMG's final 2021 ODA spend, including country data will be published in the 'Statistics on International Development: Final UK Aid Spend' in autumn 2022. We will continue to publish our spend information by project on DevTracker.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the supply of (a) food, (b) fuel and (c) medicine into Lebanon.

Since 2011, the UK has allocated over £780 million in humanitarian and development funding to Lebanon. We have provided 1.1 million people with sustainable access to clean water and sanitation, and improved infrastructure and services in over 220 municipalities. In the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion in August 2020, the UK was one of the biggest donors to the response, providing over £27 million of assistance to support the most vulnerable. The UK is at forefront of support to Lebanon's response to coronavirus and has contributed nearly £4.5 million for medical supplies via the World Health Organisation and support through the British Red Cross as well as funding 10 isolation centres.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assurances he has sought from the Government of Bahrain on the strengthening of (a) the Bahraini Ministry of Interior Ombudsman and (b) other human rights oversight institutions in that country in response to the provision of support to Bahrain through the Gulf Strategy Fund.

The FCDO's International Programme (IP), and within it the Gulf Strategy Fund (GSF), is a vital tool in promoting positive change and reforms across the world, including in the Gulf. Our programmes help our partners to continue their human rights reform, address key climate change and green growth opportunities and challenges, tackle illicit finance, improve marine conservation, promote economic diversification, promote diversity and inclusion including on LGBTQ+ rights, and develop their institutions.

All cooperation through the International Programme, including the Gulf Strategy Fund, is subject to rigorous risk assessments to ensure all work meets our human rights obligations and our values. The Government does not shy away from raising legitimate human rights concerns, and encourage other states to respect international law.

We now publish an annual summary of the GSF's work on gov.uk. We will not publish further information where doing so presents risks to our staff, programme suppliers and beneficiaries, or which may impact our relationships with our international partners, and therefore our ability to influence their reform efforts. We will provide updates on an annual basis.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the introduction of sanctions against political leaders in Lebanon.

We do not speculate about possible future sanctions designations. The UK, the EU, and others in the International Support Group for Lebanon have long been clear that Lebanon's political leaders must implement the reforms to which they have committed. This is the only way to sustainably address the socioeconomic and political crisis the country faces.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with the Government of Bahrain on immediate release of Mohammed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa from detention in that country.

We continue to monitor and raise the cases of Husain Moosa, Mohammed Ramadhan and others, as necessary, with the Bahraini Government.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Saudi and Emirati led coalition on ensuring the protection of children during the conflict in Yemen.

We regularly raise the importance of complying with International Humanitarian Law (IHL) with the Saudi Arabian Government and other members of the Coalition, including requesting investigations into alleged incidents of concern. The Foreign Secretary raised IHL with Saudi National Security Advisor al-Aiban on 7 June. The UK is committed to ending the recruitment and use of child soldiers and protecting all children in armed conflict. We condemn in the strongest terms all grave violations and abuses committed against children in Yemen and urge all parties to the conflict to immediately cease all violations of applicable international law, respect human rights and exercise restraint. We continue to press all parties to engage constructively with UN-led peace efforts, which is the only way to end the cycle of violence.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to his Saudi counterpart on establishing an independent investigation into allegations of sexual assault and torture of human rights activists and other political prisoners in that Kingdom.

HMG have consistently raised- both publicly and privately- concern over the allegations of torture. In 2019 and 2020, the UK signed two joint statements at the UN Human Rights Council setting out these concerns. The Foreign Secretary, Minister Cleverly and Lord Ahmad raised the cases of the women's rights defenders in their latest engagements with the Saudi authorities.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction in Official Development Assistance spending on the UK’s funding for projects to help protect and rehabilitate vulnerable children from armed conflict.

The UK is firmly committed to ending the recruitment and use of child soldiers and to protecting all children affected by armed conflict. We demonstrate continued UK diplomatic leadership through our active participation in the UN Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict. The UK aims to embed the reintegration of children in armed conflict into longer-term development and peacebuilding strategies. The UK also supports a set of instruments that contribute to safeguarding the rights of children in armed conflict, including the Safe Schools Declaration to protect education from attack.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential for foreign interference in the process towards free and fair elections being held in Libya in December 2021.

Free, fair and inclusive national elections on 24 December 2021, including women's full, equal and meaningful participation, and the withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya are top priorities for the UK in Libya. They are captured in UN Security Council Resolution 2570, drafted by the UK as penholder, and unanimously adopted by the UNSC, and in the communiqué agreed by the Berlin II Conference on 24 June at which I represented the UK. The UK is working with international and Libyan partners, including the interim Government of National Unity, to pursue these priorities, restoring Libya's sovereignty and putting the country on a path to sustained security and prosperity.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with the new Government of Israel on ensuring that the bodies of (a) Mai Afaneh and (b) Ahmed Eriqat are returned to their families.

The UK continues to urge all sides to treat the dead with respect and Israel to return any bodies that they are holding.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the recent outbreak of violence between Hamas and Israel, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on co-ordinating efforts to encourage Hamas to (a) disclose the fate of the two Israeli civilians seized and (b) release the bodies of the two Israeli soldiers claimed as a result of that violence.

The UK welcomed the announcement of a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza on 20 May, which is an important step to ending the cycle of violence and loss of civilian life. The UK position is clear: we urge all sides to treat the dead with respect and urge Palestinian authorities to return any bodies they are holding. The UK maintains a no contact policy with Hamas in its entirety.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether on his recent visit to Saudi Arabia he raised the case of Mustafa Hashem al-Darwish who is facing the death penalty for protest-related crimes he is alleged to have committed as a child in that country.

The United Kingdom strongly opposes the death penalty in all countries and in all circumstances, as a matter of principle. The Saudi authorities are well aware of the UK's opposition to the use of the death penalty. We reiterated our opposition to the death penalty in Saudi Arabia in a joint statement at the UN Human Rights Council on 15 September 2020.

We regularly raise our concerns about the use of the death penalty, including individual cases with the Saudi authorities and we will continue to do so. The Foreign Secretary raised human rights issues, notably around justice reform and freedom of media expression during his visit of 7 June 2021. I raised the use of the death penalty with the Saudi Human Rights Commission during my visit to Saudi Arabia on 24 May.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Iran to ensure that Mehran Raoof is able to meet with a lawyer and receive appropriate legal representation before and at his trial; and whether a representative of his Department will attend that trial which is due to take place on 28 April.

We are supporting the family of Mehran Raoof during this difficult time, are in close contact with them and following their wishes in providing the support they want from us. The Foreign Secretary continues to raise the UK's serious concerns about Iran's practice of detaining foreign and dual nationals with Foreign Minister Zarif, most recently on 3 April, and the Prime Minister has raised the issue with President Rouhani, most recently on 10 March.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing Magnitsky-style sanctions against Mohammed bin Salman.

It is not appropriate to speculate who may be designated under the sanctions regime in the future. To do this could reduce the impact of designations.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Saudi Arabian authorities on the treatment and detention of (a) Prince Turki bin Abdullah, (b) Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and (c) other senior political detainees in that country.

We continue to monitor the cases of Prince Turki bin Abdullah and Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef. The Foreign Secretary raised a number of human rights issues during his visit to Saudi Arabia last year. On 3 March 2021, Lord Ahmad raised a number of human rights issues with the Saudi President of the Human Rights Commission. FCDO Ministers and senior officials regularly raise human rights in our engagement with the Saudi authorities. We have consistently pressed for due process and raised concerns about the use of solitary confinement, lack of family contact and allegations of torture.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of Saudi Arabia on the disbandment of the Rapid Intervention Force after it was implicated in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi by the declassified CIA report.

The UK has always been clear that Jamal Khashoggi's murder was a terrible crime. We condemn his killing in the strongest possible terms, which is why we have sanctioned twenty Saudi nationals involved in the murder under the global human rights regime.

The Foreign Secretary raised the killing of Jamal Khashoggi during his visit to Riyadh last year, and we continue to raise it in our engagement with the Saudi government.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Bahrain on the release on medical and compassionate grounds of Sayed Hasan Ameen before his hearing on 11 March 2021.

We have followed the detention of Sayed Hasan Ameen who was arrested with others for arson, endangering the lives and property of others, and preparing and possessing Molotov cocktails, and will continue to monitor and raise his case if and when appropriate. We understand the hearing took place on 11 March 2021 and that he was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment, which was replaced with a rehabilitation program under alternative sentencing arrangements within the spirit of the new Child Reform Justice Act. We welcome this retroactive application of the new law's content and purpose. Due to Covid restrictions, it was not possible for Embassy staff to attend the hearing in person.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Bahrain on the detention of Hussein Abdulrasool, Fares Husain, Mohammed Jafar and Sayed Hasan Ameen; and whether a UK Government representative will attend their hearing on 11 March 2021.

We have followed the detention of Hussein Abdulrasool, Fares Husain, Mohammed Jafar and Sayed Hasan Ameen, arrested for arson, endangering the lives and property of others, and preparing and possessing Molotov cocktails, and will continue to monitor and raise their cases if and when appropriate. We understand the hearing took place on 11 March 2021 and that all were sentenced to 6 months imprisonment, which was replaced with a rehabilitation program under alternative sentencing arrangements within the spirit of the new Child Reform Justice Act. We welcome this retroactive application of the new law's content and purpose. Due to Covid restrictions, it was not possible for Embassy staff to attend the hearing in person.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make urgent representations to the Government of Bahrain for the immediate and unconditional release of (a) Hussein Ayoob and (b) Mohammed Rashid who have been detained since 7 February 2021.

We are aware of the detention of Mohammed Rashid and Hussein Ayoob, and are monitoring developments. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to follow due process in all cases and meet its international and domestic human rights commitments.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with their EU counterparts on the Georg Eckert Institute review of Palestinian textbooks; and when the findings of that review will be published.

The UK remains in close dialogue with our European partners regarding the ongoing review of Palestinian textbooks, including urging them to complete the review as soon as possible. We understand the EU are now moving towards the final reporting stage of the study and we expect the review to be completed in the near future. The UK has repeatedly lobbied the EU to push for publication, but this is ultimately a decision for the EU.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2020 to Question 126811, on Palestinians: Radicalism, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) possible timeline for the Palestinian Authority's revision of educational textbooks and (b) the potential effect of those revisions on affairs in that region.

We understand that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has already updated textbooks for grades 1-6 and hopes to update the remaining textbooks as soon as possible. The independent review of the content in Palestinian textbooks led by our European partners will include a sample of these textbooks introduced for school year 2020-21. We expect the study to be complete in the near future and will study its findings carefully. The UK will continue to engage with the PA on their plans to revise the remaining textbooks for grades seven and above.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to make an announcement on future funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency, as part of the cross-government review into future Official Development Assistance allocations.

The UK is a long-term supporter of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) which provides protection and core services to Palestinian refugees across the region. UNRWA is also a vital humanitarian and stabilising force in the Middle East region. FCDO is currently running a prioritisation exercise across all its programmes, to ensure that every pound we spend goes as far as possible and makes a world-leading difference. Decisions on support for UNRWA will be taken as part of this process.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what consular assistance arrangements his Department has with embassies and consulates of Commonwealth countries in (a) Andorra, (b) Benin, (c) Burkina Faso, (d) Cape Verde, (e) Central African Republic, (f) Comoros, (g) Congo, (h) Djibouti, (i) Dominica, (j) East Timor, (k) Equatorial Guinea, (l) Gabon, (m) Guinea-Bissau, (n) Honduras, (o) Liechtenstein, (p) Monaco, (q) Nicaragua, (r) San Marino, (s) St Kitts and Nevis, (t) Suriname, (u) Togo and (v) Tonga.

We provide help and support to British nationals around the world 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, through our network of trained staff, including our network of over 200 Honorary Consuls (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/909020/Honorary_Consulates_August_2020.csv/preview). British nationals in these countries who require Consular assistance can contact the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office 24/7 for help or advice by calling 0207 008 5000, or contacting their nearest British embassy, High Commission or Consulate (https://www.gov.uk/world/embassies).

In one of the few countries where there is no British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate, we may provide in country support via agreements with partner countries, and/or existing coverage from FCDO posts in neighbouring countries. Commonwealth embassies may offer to help British nationals. We may also help Commonwealth nationals in non-Commonwealth countries where they do not have diplomatic or consular representation, but will normally ask their nearest embassy to provide any ongoing assistance required.

Details of the remit of our consular support are set out in Support for British Nationals Abroad: A Guide (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/914039/FCO_BritsAbroad_A4web_020920.pdf).

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of visits made by UK citizens to the following countries, per annum, in the past 5 years: (a) Andorra, (b) Benin, (c) Burkina Faso, (d) Cape Verde, (e) Central African Republic, (f) Comoros, (g) Congo, (h) Djibouti, (i) Dominica, (j) East Timor, (k) Equatorial Guinea, (l) Gabon, (m) Guinea-Bissau, (n) Honduras, (o) Liechtenstein, (p) Monaco, (q) Nicaragua, (r) San Marino, (s) St Kitts and Nevis, (t) Suriname, (u) Togo and (v) Tonga.

The FCDO does not require British travellers to register with us when they go overseas. Therefore we do not hold data on the number of citizens who visited these countries. UK nationals visiting these countries who need assistance can call any of our embassies, high commissions or consulates, or the FCO switchboard, 24/7 for advice or help.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
15th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 14 December 2020 to Question 127489 and 3 December 2018 to Question 196145, when his Department stopped recording the countries where the UK does not have embassies or consulate offices.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) maps the extent of the UK's diplomatic and consular representation overseas. This information is publicly available on Gov.uk, and was last updated in September 2020: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-foreign-office-posts. UK nationals overseas who need assistance can call any of our embassies, high commissions or consulates, or the FCO switchboard, 24/7 for advice or help.

Countries not included in the FCDO list of Posts do not have a UK diplomatic presence. The FCDO does not publish a list of countries without UK diplomatic representation as this information is publicly available by comparing the FCDO list of Posts against the official map of countries as recognised by the UN: https://www.un.org/geospatial/content/world-today.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of intensive care units in Gaza to treat covid-19 patients.

We remain concerned about the capacity of the Palestinian health system to cope with the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, especially in Gaza. We welcome the recent 30% increase in hospital beds for patients suffering critical and severe cases, and the recent procurement by World Health Organisation of two additional oxygen generators. The UK continues to monitor the situation closely.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Israel to help encourage the provision of equitable access to covid-19 vaccines for the population of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The UK is committed to rapid, equitable access to safe and effective vaccines as demonstrated by our strong support for the Access for COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. The UK has contributed up to £813 million to the ACT-Accelerator partners. This includes the UK's commitment of up to £548 million to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) - the international initiative to support global equitable access to vaccines, of which the UK is the largest bilateral donor. Our commitment to the COVAX AMC will support access to COVID-19 vaccines for up to 92 developing countries, including in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) by contributing to the supply of one billion doses in 2021, and vaccinations for up to 500 million people (subject to vaccines successfully securing stringent regulatory approvals).

Under International Humanitarian Law, Israel, as the occupying power, has the duty of ensuring and maintaining public health and hygiene in the OPTs to the fullest extent of the means available and with the cooperation of the local authorities. We therefore welcome the restoration of cooperation between the Government of Israel and Palestinian Authority, which shows both sides are willing to put the needs and security of Israelis and Palestinians first.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the economic situation in Gaza.

The UK remains concerned about the economic impact of COVID-19 on the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs), particularly in Gaza. The impact of COVID-19 alongside high unemployment rates, three years of low economic growth and persistent fiscal deficits has resulted in a sharp decline in economic activity across the OPTs. Recent World Bank reports indicate GDP will contract by about 8 percent in 2020. A modest bounce back is expected in 2021 with growth returning to about 2.5 percent.

UK Aid includes helping improve water and energy supply, particularly in Gaza and addressing movement and access restrictions that currently inhibit trade. By focusing on supporting sustainable economic development, we aim to improve daily life for thousands of Palestinians and aid the longer-term recovery from COVID-19.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2020 to Question 106364 and the Answer of 17 November 2020 to Question 114083 and with reference to the CPS response of 19 November 2020 to the Freedom of Information Request reference 9433 that state that the CPS made applications to the Integrated Activity Fund/Gulf Strategy Fund in financial years 2018-19 and 2020-21, for what reason that information was not disclosed in the Answers to those Questions.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) did not apply directly to the Integrated Activity Fund in 2018-19 or to the Gulf Strategy Fund in 2020-21. Any CPS activities undertaken in those years would have been as part of an application by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to operate a country programme.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which countries the UK does not have any direct representation (a) through an embassy and (b) consulate office.

We do not have a list of countries where we do not have embassies or consulate offices. The extent of the UK's diplomatic and consular representation overseas is information publicly available on Gov.uk at https://www.gov.uk/world/embassies.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that Palestinian Authority teaching programmes in receipt of support from UK development spending promote common values of peace, freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination.

The UK does not fund textbooks in the OPTs. The UK Government is concerned about allegations of incitement in the Palestinian Authority's (PA) curriculum. We have a regular dialogue with the PA in which we reiterate the need for both sides to prepare their populations for peaceful coexistence. We continue to urge the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to avoid engaging in, or encouraging, any type of action and language that makes it more difficult to achieve a culture of peaceful coexistence and a negotiated solution to the conflict.

The EU is also financing a study of Palestinian textbooks against defined benchmarks (based on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation standards on peace, tolerance and non-violence in education). This review is currently underway. We have regular discussions with our European Partners on the review and we continue to encourage them to finalise the report as soon as possible. The UK will continue to raise our concerns about incitement in education, and Foreign Secretary raised this issue with the PA during his visit to the OPTs in August 2020.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will take steps to help ensure that the Georg Eckert Institute review of Palestinian textbooks includes an assessment of compliance with UNESCO-derived standards of peace and tolerance in education.

The UK does not fund textbooks in the OPTs. The UK Government is concerned about allegations of incitement in the Palestinian Authority's (PA) curriculum. We have a regular dialogue with the PA in which we reiterate the need for both sides to prepare their populations for peaceful coexistence. We continue to urge the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to avoid engaging in, or encouraging, any type of action and language that makes it more difficult to achieve a culture of peaceful coexistence and a negotiated solution to the conflict.

The EU is also financing a study of Palestinian textbooks against defined benchmarks (based on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation standards on peace, tolerance and non-violence in education). This review is currently underway. We have regular discussions with our European Partners on the review and we continue to encourage them to finalise the report as soon as possible. The UK will continue to raise our concerns about incitement in education, and Foreign Secretary raised this issue with the PA during his visit to the OPTs in August 2020.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2020 to Question 114083 on Gulf States: Overseas Aid, how many applications were made to the Gulf Strategy Fund in 2020-21 by (a) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (b) the Department for International Trade, (c) the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and (d) HM Revenue and Customs; and how many of each Department's applications were for activities delivered in one country.

The Department for Environment Food & Rural, the Department for International Trade, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and HM Revenue and Customs each made one application to deliver a regional programmes. The application from DCMS was not approved. Country-specific programmes are operated by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2020 to Question 114083, with regards to Gulf Strategy Fund activities in the financial year 2020-21, in which countries the six country-specific projects were conducted; and how many projects were conducted in each of those countries.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office applied to the Gulf Strategy Fund to operate a programme in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. As of December 2020, the programme teams in each country will oversee delivery of nine projects in Bahrain, four in Kuwait, nine in Oman, two in Qatar, six in Saudi Arabia and seven in the United Arab Emirates in 2020/21.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2020 to Question 114083, to which countries his Department made six country-specific applications for funding from the Gulf Strategy Fund in financial year 2020-21; and how many of those approved applications were for projects in each of (a) Saudi Arabia (b) Bahrain (c) Kuwait (d) United Arab Emirates (e) Oman and (f) Qatar.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office applied to the Gulf Strategy Fund to operate a programme in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. As of December 2020, the programme teams in each country will oversee delivery of nine projects in Bahrain, four in Kuwait, nine in Oman, two in Qatar, six in Saudi Arabia and seven in the United Arab Emirates in 2020/21.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, further to the answer of 17 November 2020 to Question 114083, how many regional applications made to the Gulf Strategy Fund in the financial year 2020-21 were approved for each of (a) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (b) the Department for International Trade and (c) HM Revenue and Customs.

The Department for Environment Food & Rural, the Department for International Trade, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and HM Revenue and Customs each made one application to deliver a regional programmes. The application from DCMS was not approved. Country-specific programmes are operated by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the delivery of humanitarian aid in Syria is not (a) disrupted and (b) manipulated by the Assad regime.

FCDO have a zero tolerance approach to any suspicions, allegations or instances of aid diversion and have a number of steps in place to mitigate the risk of aid diversion in Syria. We have rigorous and robust checks to ensure aid goes to the people that need it, delivers value for money and protects against aid diversion. UK programmes are delivered by trusted partners with proven expertise. Robust due diligence checks on all partners are carried out by FCDO before entering into any agreements. We conduct regular performance reviews of our direct partners and we require all our partners to provide up to date information on the downstream partners they use. If partners fail to provide us with this information as per our agreements, then their funding can be suspended or permanently stopped. We also use third-party independent monitors to support our delivery partners and verify that aid is being delivered as intended.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking with (a) international organisations and (b) other countries to ensure that those responsible for international war crimes in Syria are held to account.

The UK is committed to highlighting the appalling violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in Syria including those committed by Daesh and to pursuing accountability for the most serious crimes. At the Human Rights Council, we have raised our concerns about war crimes being committed by Russian-backed regime forces and by terrorist groups citing reports by the UN Commission of Inquiry. We continue to support the UN Commission of Inquiry's investigations into human rights violations and abuses in Syria and the work of the UN International Impartial and Independent Mechanism which is gathering evidence for the prosecution of persons responsible for the most serious crimes under international law in Syria. We have also called for follow up to the findings of the UN Board of Inquiry, created last year following UK-led lobbying. The UK has contributed over £13 million since 2012 in support of Syrian and international efforts to gather evidence and assist victims of human rights abuses and violations.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Egyptian counterpart calling for the immediate release of Gasser Abdel-Razek, Karim Ennarah and Mohammed Basheer from detention in that country.

The UK is deeply concerned about the arrest of Gasser Abdel Razek, Mohammed Basheer and Karim Ennarah. We continue to raise our concerns with the Egyptian authorities both in London and in Cairo, including around alleged mistreatment in detention. The Foreign Secretary raised the issue directly with his Egyptian counterpart on 19 November. We are working closely with partners in the international community who share our concerns. All human rights defenders should be able to work without fear of arrest or reprisals.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) treatment and (b) access to legal assistance of Gasser Abdel-Razek, Karim Ennarah and Mohammed Basheer in detention in Egypt.

The UK is deeply concerned about the arrest of Gasser Abdel Razek, Mohammed Basheer and Karim Ennarah. We continue to raise our concerns with the Egyptian authorities both in London and in Cairo, including around alleged mistreatment in detention. The Foreign Secretary raised the issue directly with his Egyptian counterpart on 19 November. We are working closely with partners in the international community who share our concerns. All human rights defenders should be able to work without fear of arrest or reprisals.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the release on medical and compassionate grounds of Loujain al-Hathloul.

Our close relationship with Saudi Arabia allows us to raise our concerns about human rights, including on political detainees, in private and in public. We have expressed significant concerns about reports of continuing arrests and arbitrary detentions in Saudi Arabia. Our Ministers, Ambassadors and Embassy in Riyadh have raised concern over the continued detention of Women's Rights Defenders, including Loujain al-Hathloul, at senior levels with the Saudi authorities. We have consistently pressed for due process, raised concerns about the use of solitary confinement, lack of family contact and allegations of torture. I most recently raised the women's rights defenders' cases with the Saudi Ambassador to the UK on 16 November. We continue to raise concerns and are monitoring the situation closely.

The UK signed a statement at the UN Human Rights Council on 15 September. It noted our human rights concerns in Saudi Arabia, regretted the continued detention of Women's Human Rights defenders and called for the release of all political detainees.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 12 November 2020 to Question 111563, if he will raise the detention and treatment of all political detainees in Saudi Arabia at the G20 Summit and press for their immediate release.

I raised a number of Human Rights issues, ahead of the G20, with the Saudi Ambassador to the UK on 16 November. Saudi Arabia remains a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office human rights priority country.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2020 to Question HL9495 on Government Departments: Overseas Aid, on what date the Gulf Strategy Fund was established; which Government Departments have responsibility for that fund; and which Ministers were involved in the establishment of that fund.

The Gulf Strategy Fund replaced the Integrated Activity Fund on 1 April 2020 and is managed as part of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's International Programme.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2020 to Question HL9495 on Government Departments: Overseas Aid, which Government Departments have made applications to the Gulf Strategy Fund in financial year 2020-21; how many projects each Department has applied for; and how many of those applications have been (a) approved and (b) rejected for each Department.

Six country and two regional programme applications were received from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In addition, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for International Trade, the Department for Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) and HM Revenue and Customs submitted applications to operate regional programmes. The DCMS bid was not approved.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many and what proportion of projects that have been applied for under the Gulf Strategy Fund to date in financial year 2020-2021 (a) were and (b) were not subject to an Overseas Security and Justice Assessment.

Country and regional programmes have been approved. Programme teams are finalising individual projects taking account of a changed operating environment owing to COVID-19 and a reduced window for delivery. A programme summary for the 2020/21 Gulf Strategy Fund will be published next year.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the titles are of the projects that have been approved to date for funding under the Gulf Strategy Fund in the 2020-2021 financial year.

Country and regional programmes have been approved. Programme teams are finalising individual projects taking account of a changed operating environment owing to COVID-19 and a reduced window for delivery. A programme summary for the 2020/21 Gulf Strategy Fund will be published next year.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2020 to Question 5457, what the allocated budget is for the Gulf Strategy Fund (GSF) for financial year 2020-2021; on what date the GSF allocated budget for the 2021-2022 financial year was decided; and what the duration is of the GSF financial cycle.

£8.4 million has been allocated to the Gulf Strategy Fund for 2020/21. The budget allocations for 2021/22 will be agreed as part of the current Spending Review.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy; and whether the Government plans to publish that review by the end of November 2020.

The Foreign Secretary has regular discussions with his cabinet colleagues on the Integrated Review. In light of the decision to move to a one-year spending review, the Government is considering the implications for the completion of the Integrated Review and will provide an update in due course.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy will continue to be aligned with the 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review.

In light of the decision to move to a one-year spending review, the Government is considering the implications for the completion of the Integrated Review and will provide an update in due course.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Bahrain on the persecution of lawyers in that country; and whether he has made recent representations on the cases of Abdullah Al-Shamlawi and Abdulla Hashem, on their prosecution being reviewed and on the disciplinary proceedings against them being discontinued.

We are aware of these cases. Abdullah Al Shamlawi has appealed his conviction and is on bail pending a 14 September hearing at the Court of Appeals. The Criminal Court heard Abdulla Hashem's case in August but has not yet reached a verdict which is expected at the next hearing on 29 September.

The UK supports freedom of expression and freedom of speech as both a fundamental right, and as an essential element of a full range of human rights. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all its citizens, in line with its international obligations.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa on 9 July 2020 Official Report, Column 1118, what steps he plans to take in addition to the (a) representations he has made to the Government of Bahrain and (b) tweet he made on 14 July 2020 to oppose the death penalty verdicts imposed on Mohammed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa by Bahrain's Court of Cassation.

We are deeply concerned that Bahrain's Court of Cassation upheld the death penalty verdicts imposed on Mohammed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa on 13 July. Lord Ahmad raised the case with the Bahraini Ambassador to the UK on 14 July and we will continue to take suitable opportunities to raise our concerns at a senior level with the Bahraini Government. The Government of Bahrain is fully aware that the UK opposes the death penalty, in all circumstances, as a matter of principle.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make urgent representations to the Government of Bahrain on the death sentences imposed on (a) Mohammed Ramadhan and (b) Hussain Moosa before their cases are considered by the Court of Cassation in that country on the 13 July 2020.

We are concerned by the death sentences handed to Mohammed Ramadhan and Hussain Moosa. We continue to raise both cases at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain. The Bahraini Government is fully aware that the UK opposes the death penalty, in all circumstances, as a matter of principle. We continue to monitor their case, as it is taken to the Court of Cassation for final review.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to repatriate UK travellers stranded in Yemen as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) suspended operations in Yemen in 2015. Since then our ability to offer consular assistance to British nationals in Yemen has been extremely limited. Since March 2011, the FCO has consistently advised against all travel to all parts of Yemen, and advised British nationals to leave the country. However, where possible, the FCO remains committed to doing what it can for those British nationals that remain in Yemen.

Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent restrictions put in place by the authorities in Yemen, FCO officials have been in contact with nine British nationals who have expressed a wish to return to the UK. Officials have worked with the UN and regional partners to arrange departures to neighbouring countries, from where onward flights to the UK have then been secured. To date, five British nationals have successfully left Yemen.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish criteria used by the Government's appointed travel partner Corporate Travel Management to facilitate the prioritisation of vulnerable UK citizens on special charter flights back to the UK.

The UK Government is working with the airline industry and governments across the world to help British travellers to return to the UK as part of the plan announced by the Foreign Secretary on 30 March - with up to £75 million available for special charter flights from priority countries, focused on helping the most vulnerable travellers.

The FCO takes final decisions on prioritisations. We will prioritise vulnerable British travellers most at risk from the effects of Coronavirus who normally live in the UK and are trying to return home for these flights, together with their families who normally live with them in the UK. We are giving additional consideration to the local context and the situation of the individual themselves, this can include lock-down processes in country, access to reliable healthcare, possible reduction in access to routine medication, and those at additional risk if they contract the virus for example the elderly or those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applications for emergency repatriation loans have been rejected; and for what reasons those applications have been rejected.

We estimate we have approved more than four times our annual average of emergency repatriation loans so far this year.

All of the following conditions must be met to be eligible for an emergency repatriation loan: the applicant must a) be a British national; b) live in the UK; and c) have exhausted all other options for getting funds to return home. Applications are rejected where these conditions have not been met.

Further information on our financial assistance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/financial-assistance-abroad/financial-assistance-abroad#if-you-need-financial-help-abroad

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
29th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on diplomatic relations after the UK leaves the EU.

All FCO ministers maintain regular, close contact with their European counterparts. This close contact will continue now that we have left the EU. Whilst we will have a different relationship with the EU now we are not a member, we are committed to championing free trade and shared European values and to maintaining our strong bilateral relations. The United Kingdom's outlook will always be global: standing up for our interests, and tackling injustices, together with our friends and allies. The FCO will play a key role through its network of Posts to engage EU Member States.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
24th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the comprehensive spending review.

As the Chancellor confirmed in July, the 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review will be published in the autumn. Further detail will be set out in due course.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
6th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he will extend support provided under the Self-Employment Support Scheme to the end of June 2020.

The Chancellor indicated that the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme would be temporary when he announced it at the end of March, and that it could be extended if necessary. The Government is keeping this under review.

29th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of Service law in holding people accountable for military training supervision.

I refer the hon. Member to the Government response to the Defence Committee's specific recommendations and conclusions

(https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmdfence/525/52504.htm#_idTextAnchor001), and specifically to answers 21 to 28 in the section titled "Accountability".

The exemptions to the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007 relating to operations, "hazardous training in preparation for operations", and Specialist Military Units were addressed in answer 25 of the Government response. The rationale set out then remains valid but as the answer notes, the situation is kept under review.

The Ministry of Defence believes that the range of criminal, disciplinary and administrative powers available provides a sufficient means of holding individuals, the Armed Forces, and the Department accountable for training supervision, but this too remains under review and any necessary changes will be addressed in the next Armed Forces Bill.

29th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Defence Select Committee report, Session 2015-16, Beyond Endurance: Military Exercises and the Duty of Care (HC598), what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the recommendation that the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007 should be amended to provide appropriate legal restraints to the military.

I refer the hon. Member to the Government response to the Defence Committee's specific recommendations and conclusions

(https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmdfence/525/52504.htm#_idTextAnchor001), and specifically to answers 21 to 28 in the section titled "Accountability".

The exemptions to the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007 relating to operations, "hazardous training in preparation for operations", and Specialist Military Units were addressed in answer 25 of the Government response. The rationale set out then remains valid but as the answer notes, the situation is kept under review.

The Ministry of Defence believes that the range of criminal, disciplinary and administrative powers available provides a sufficient means of holding individuals, the Armed Forces, and the Department accountable for training supervision, but this too remains under review and any necessary changes will be addressed in the next Armed Forces Bill.

29th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of sanctions applied to (a) his Department, (b) the armed forces and (c) individuals for failings in the safe supervision of training events.

I refer the hon. Member to the Government response to the Defence Committee's specific recommendations and conclusions

(https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmdfence/525/52504.htm#_idTextAnchor001), and specifically to answers 21 to 28 in the section titled "Accountability".

The exemptions to the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007 relating to operations, "hazardous training in preparation for operations", and Specialist Military Units were addressed in answer 25 of the Government response. The rationale set out then remains valid but as the answer notes, the situation is kept under review.

The Ministry of Defence believes that the range of criminal, disciplinary and administrative powers available provides a sufficient means of holding individuals, the Armed Forces, and the Department accountable for training supervision, but this too remains under review and any necessary changes will be addressed in the next Armed Forces Bill.

16th Sep 2020
What recent discussions he has had with the First Minister of Wales on levels of covid-19 in Wales.

We are supporting the Welsh Government as they manage localised lockdowns in Wales, including the current lockdown in the honourable Member’s constituency of Caerphilly.

We are working more closely than ever before with the Welsh Government. We are meeting regularly to ensure a consistent response in tackling the outbreak, including meetings last week between the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the First Minister and myself.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales