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  1. Petition - Proscription of Hezbollah: Paradise Golf Resort, Morocco (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: I am grateful to the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake) and, indeed, to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Steve McCabe) for speaking in the debate and to all the other Members who are present. It is clear that a number of Members have a significant interest in the issue, including those who have intervened—my right hon. Friend the Member for...
  2. Petition - Proscription of Hezbollah: Paradise Golf Resort, Morocco (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: The right hon. Gentleman is tempting me to give an opinion from the British Government on a property matter that is the subject of recourse to the law in the country that has appropriate jurisdiction. I do not think that I can do that. It is the view of the Moroccan Government that this is a private and commercial matter. As I said earlier, in some circumstances states just walk away and say,...
  3. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Modern Slavery: Libya (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: Eradicating modern slavery is a top UK priority. We are helping to build Libyan capacity to tackle this abhorrent crime, and providing humanitarian aid and protection for migrants and refugees, not just in Libya but on the whole route of those travelling to that country. Last year, the UK supported more than 20,000 emergency interventions for migrants and refugees in Libya.
  4. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Modern Slavery: Libya (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: After the debate, I asked the organiser of the petition to come in to my office to see me, and she, one of the supporters of the petition and I had a meeting last week, which gave my officials a chance to talk with her about the huge interest and concern that the petition demonstrated. Briefly, the matter worries us considerably. There is work going on across Government in relation to the...
  5. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Modern Slavery: Libya (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: Even though time is tight, I must thank my right hon. Friend for the remarkable support he gave to the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development when he was a Whip and his remarkable contribution to Government over the years. My right hon. Friend is right. We have a £75 million programme focused on migration along routes from west Africa via the Sahel to Libya. This...
  6. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Modern Slavery: Libya (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: My right hon. Friend the International Development Secretary yesterday inaugurated exactly the programme the right hon. Lady mentions. It is a matter of great concern to the UK, and we are in contact with the Libyan Government about it. I had a high-level meeting in Geneva last week about the issues she raises.
  7. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Modern Slavery: Libya (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: My right hon. Friend is quite right. Modern slavery is a key part of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s agenda—we have allotted £150 million to it—and the work of the Church of England, in making sure that people see victims and are attuned to their needs, is vital.
  8. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Modern Slavery: Libya (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: I thank the hon. Lady for her remarks about Becky Dykes, who was part of the middle-eastern team in Lebanon. She, like my right hon. Friend the International Development Secretary, spoke for all of us. The hon. Lady is right to keep the attention on slavery, but I want to do as much as I can to reassure her that we have this very much in focus, although of course there is more to be done....
  9. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Occupied Palestinian Territories (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: I will answer briefly, Mr Speaker. The UK Government consistently call on the Israeli Government to ease movement and access restrictions in the OPTs. Since 2011, we have been funding the United Nations Access Coordination Unit to work with the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority.
  10. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Occupied Palestinian Territories (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: The hon. Gentleman has drawn attention to a serious aspect of the difficulties of restrictions. It is much in the UK’s mind, and we will continue to raise it.
  11. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Occupied Palestinian Territories (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: The United Nations Relief and Works Agency has a unique role in protecting and providing essential services for 5 million Palestinian refugees. We are deeply concerned about the impact of potential cuts in US funding on stability in the region, and about the continuity of UNRWA’s vital services. We will go on supporting them.
  12. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Occupied Palestinian Territories (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: It just does not. We do not give aid to terrorists, and the Palestinian Authority knows that.
  13. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Occupied Palestinian Territories (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: My hon. Friend raises an important point. We have just this year allocated £3 million to co-existence projects so that those from the Palestinian community and Israelis can work more effectively together. One of the problems in recent years has been a growing divide between communities. We want to find projects that will break down barriers rather than erect them.
  14. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Occupied Palestinian Territories (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: The answer to the second question is yes, and I am hoping to attend that conference myself. On the first question, as I said in answer to the hon. Member for Hammersmith (Andy Slaughter), that is a decision for the United States; we are concerned about the impact but our support for UNRWA will continue.
  15. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Occupied Palestinian Territories (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: I welcome the hon. Gentleman to his position; we look forward to hearing much more from him. I met the head of UNRWA recently in London. Our commitment for next year to its programme budget is £38 million. It assists in the provision of basic education for some half a million children. As I have explained, we are concerned about the loss of funding to UNRWA and our support for it remains...
  16. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Yemen: Humanitarian Aid (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: Donor countries have spent over $2 billion in humanitarian aid in 2017. This does not capture all the aid flows to Yemen, including significant contributions from Gulf countries who channel much of their aid independently. The UK is the second largest donor to the UN Yemen appeal and the third largest donor to Yemen in the world.
  17. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Yemen: Humanitarian Aid (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: We are working hard to ensure that commercial and humanitarian access to Yemen remains unhindered. It is vital that both commercial and humanitarian aid gets through. The hon. Gentleman is right to raise this, and the UK is working hard to make sure that process continues to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
  18. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Yemen: Humanitarian Aid (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: I will be very happy to see that proposal; I have not seen it yet. Looking after psychological and mental health used to be seen as some kind of benevolent add-on in terms of aid and support. Bearing in mind the crisis and trauma that so many youngsters go through, it is very important that it is brought right up front and the UK is a firm advocate of that. I will certainly look at the report.
  19. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Yemen: Humanitarian Aid (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development made a significant contribution to humanitarian access by visiting Djibouti and Riyadh just before 20 December, and the resulting decision has improved humanitarian access there. Arms sales are strictly controlled, as the House well knows. We will continue our support for the coalition, which is fighting a serious...
  20. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (17 Jan 2018)

    Alistair Burt: As the House knows, we constantly challenge the Palestinian Authority in relation to anything that might encourage or glorify violence. I can assure the House that we ensure that no payments are made to those who have those connections. We do all we can to encourage the Authority to understand that naming places after those who have been involved in terrorism does not contribute to the peace...