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  1. Upcoming Business – Commons: Select Committee (22 Nov 2017)

    International Development: DFID's work on Bangladesh, Burma and the Rohingya crisis. 10:00 am; Room 8, Palace of Westminster
    Witnesses: Mr Khondker M Talha, Deputy High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the United Kingdom Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Richard Montgomery, Director of Asia, Caribbean and Overseas Territories Division, Department for International Development Patrick...
  2. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (17 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: The Foreign Secretary updated the House of Commons on 7 November, on his evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee. I kindly refer the honourable member to the Hansard record of his speech on the Counter-Daesh update which clarifies his remarks.
  3. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen: Foreign Relations (17 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: Foreign ministers usually attend meetings of the Quint nations on Yemen.
  4. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iran: Embassies (17 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: The British Embassy in Tehran offers a variety of chargeable services in addition to its freely provided consular services. The table below sets out all fees received for services offered by the British Embassy in Iran for each year since FY2016-17. The British Embassy in Iran was closed between November 2011 and August 2015. No services were offered during this period and as a result no data...
  5. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (17 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: As with her court appearance in October, we have never had sight or clarity over the exact charges Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is facing and therefore cannot categorically say whether those it is reported she was subject to on Saturday 4 November are new or the same as those put to her previously. We are urgently seeking clarification from the Iranian authorities. The Foreign Secretary spoke...
  6. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (17 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: The Foreign Secretary updated the House of Commons on the outcome of his conversation with Foreign Minister Zarif on 7 November. I kindly refer the honourable member to the Hansard record of his speech on the Counter-Daesh update, which included a report of his discussion with Foreign Minister Zarif.
  7. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (17 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: The Foreign Secretary has raised Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's case with his Iranian counterpart multiple times since November 2016. Most recently on 7 November 2017 he spoke with Foreign Minister Zarif in a telephone call. I kindly refer the honourable member to the Hansard record of his speech on the Counter-Daesh update, which included a report of his discussion with Foreign Minister Zarif.
  8. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (17 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: The Foreign Secretary has raised Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's case with his Iranian counterpart multiple times since November 2016. Most recently on 7 November 2017 he spoke with Foreign Minister Zarif in a telephone call. I kindly refer the honourable member to the Hansard record of his speech on the Counter-Daesh update, which included a report of his discussion with Foreign Minister Zarif.
  9. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Islamic State (17 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: Defeating Daesh remains a top UK priority, and we continue to play a leading role in the 73 member Global Coalition. The UK is taking a comprehensive approach to tackling Daesh and other terrorist organisations overseas adapting the CONTEST principles of Prevent, Pursue, Protect and Prepare. Her Majesty's Government has a comprehensive Counter Terrorism and Common Vulnerabilities Exposures...
  10. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: British Overseas Territories: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (17 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: ​The UK is committed to strengthening the links between Commonwealth countries. The only category of Commonwealth membership is that of sovereign states. Any decision to create a new membership status would need to be agreed by consensus of Commonwealth Heads of Government. Whilst the Overseas Territories are unable to attend the Heads of Government Meeting in their own right, their...
  11. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (16 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: The Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and I regularly raise all our dual national detainee cases, including Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, at the highest levels and at every opportunity. I last raised our cases with the Iranian Ambassador on 14 November. Officials in London and Tehran, including our Ambassador also regularly raise these cases.
  12. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: Visits Abroad (16 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: ​It is longstanding practice under successive Governments that we do not routinely disclose information relating to internal discussion and advice. My Rt Hon. Friend the member for Witham (Ms Patel) resigned as Secretary of State for International Development on 8 November. I refer the Hon Member to the exchange of letters between my Rt Hon. Friend the member for Witham (Ms Patel) and...
  13. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: Visits Abroad (16 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: ​I refer the Rt Hon Member to my answer to written question 112026 of 13 November.
  14. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Algeria: Foreign Relations (16 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: I refer the honourable member to my response to his question of 19 October (Named Day PQ 108765, answered 24 October).
  15. Written Answers — Department for International Development: Palestinians: Cartoons (16 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle. The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence; I raised the issue of incitement...
  16. Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Leprosy (16 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: DFID officials have regular discussions on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) with a range of partners, including experts both within the World Health Organisation and with officials of countries affected by NTDs. Ministers have engaged with experts internationally on tackling on NTDs, including, participation in the NTD Summit in April 2017. As well as being the minister with responsibility...
  17. Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Leprosy (16 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: DFID provided £1,127,646 between 2015 and 2018 to the Leprosy Mission England and Wales to improve the livelihoods and food security of poor people in Mozambique, including people affected by leprosy. DFID has also committed up to £570,915 between 2016 and 2019 to LEPRA, for work in rural Bangladesh. This project provices early detection services and improved access to quality...
  18. Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Leprosy (16 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: Leprosy is a neglected tropical disease, as defined by the World Health Organisation. DFID supports progress towards the WHO 2020 targets on leprosy through our funding to civil society organisations such as Leprosy Mission England and Wales and LEPRA and to the WHO’s NTD programme. In addition, DFID supports the strengthening of health systems, helping to ensure that countries are...
  19. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Human Rights (15 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: With the conflict now in its seventh year, the human rights situation in Syria remains dire. Human rights abuses especially by the Asad regime and Daesh are widespread. Although there has been a reduction in levels of violence in recent months, there are continued reports of pro-regime forces’ bombardment of civilian areas and infrastructure. The regime has used chemical weapons with...
  20. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen: Diplomatic Service (15 Nov 2017)

    Alistair Burt: There are 11 staff employed as part of the Yemen Office Network based at the British Embassy in Riyadh.