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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 12 December 2018
Home Office
Immigration: Families and Private Life
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests for a change of conditions of leave granted on the basis of family or private life were received from August 2017 to August 2018; and how many of those applications were (a) granted, (b) refused and (c) still awaiting a decision.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 20 December 2018

There is no specific application type within our electronic systems entitled ‘Change of Conditions’. Answering this question would require manual inspection of all family and private life leave to remain applications within the date range. This would incur disproportionate cost to the public purse.

The available information relates to grants and refusals of in-country leave to remain, based on family life, or private life, which is published in the quarterly Immigration Statistics, Extensions table ex_01_q, latest edition at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-september-2018/list-of-tables#extensions

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 03 December 2018
Department for International Development
Department for International Development: Secondment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff in her Department are seconded to each Government Department.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 06 December 2018

There are currently 93 DFID Staff Members loaned to Other Government Departments. The Breakdown by Department is as follows:

BEIS – 5

Cabinet Office – 8

DCMS – 1

Department for International trade – 3

Dept of Health & social care – 3

DExEU – 1

DFE – 2

FCO – 61

Home Office – 5

Northern Ireland office – 2

ONS – 2

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 03 December 2018
Department for International Development
Department for International Development: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff in her Departmental have joint reporting responsibilities with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 06 December 2018

The information required to answer this question is not held centrally, and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Whilst it is safe to say that DFID Staff Members currently loaned to FCO have joint reporting responsibilities between DFID and FCO due to the nature of those relationships, we are unable to provide further information on staff more broadly. Each DFID Employee has one primary reporting line within DFID and it is information about those reporting relationships which is captured centrally. Some staff may have a secondary reporting line in to FCO but such relationships are managed at a local level and, as such, to draw that information from each individual department within DFID would involve disproportionate costs.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 03 December 2018
Department for International Development
Conflict, Stability and Security Fund
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many Departmental staff are working on the conflict, stability and security fund.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 06 December 2018

The Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF) employs 483 programme funded administrative staff. As at 31 March 2018, 57 DFID staff worked on CSSF programmes (12% of overall CSSF staffing), working closely with colleagues from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence, Home Office, National Crime Agency, Stabilisation Unit and the Department for Transport.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 03 December 2018
Cabinet Office
Conflict, Stability and Security Fund: Civil Servants
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants are working on the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund; and in which Departments those civil servants are employed.
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Answered by: Mr David Lidington
Answered on: 06 December 2018

The Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) conducts an annual staffing audit, with the most recent in March 2018. This indicated that the CSSF employs 483 programme funded administrative staff. The largest proportion of staff (some 73%) are employed in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with others employed in the Department for International Development, Ministry of Defence, Home Office, National Crime Agency, Stabilisation Unit and the Department for Transport. The next annual staffing audit will take place in early 2019.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 29 November 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Climate Change: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to provide additional funding to tackle climate change in next year’s comprehensive spending review.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 05 December 2018

Plans will be set out in the Spending Review in 2019. The Spending Review will set budgets for resource spending for 2020/21 onwards and for capital spending for 2021/22 onwards.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 November 2018
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Climate Change
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Government plans to provide additional funding to tackle climate change in developing countries beyond the £5.8 billion allocated between 2016 and 2021.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 04 December 2018

The UK Government is delivering the £5.8 billion of climate finance we pledged to provide between 2016 and 2021, and we are committed to ensuring we use this funding to best effect. Since 2011 we have supported 47 million people to cope with the effects of climate change, and 17 million to access clean energy.

The Government is playing a strong role in ensuring developed countries fulfil the collective commitment to mobilise $100 billion in climate finance by 2020 from public and private sources. For DFID a key part of this is working with the multilateral agencies which DFID funds, most notably the World Bank and Regional Development Banks, so that they make their best contribution to tackling climate change effectively.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 November 2018
Department for International Development
Climate Change Convention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department plans to make on climate change at the UN COP24 Climate Change conference taking place in Katowice, 2-14 December 2018.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 04 December 2018

Members of my department will be joining the UK delegation for the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24). This is where the world must finalise the rules to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement as we have all committed to do, and raise our collective climate ambition further.

The UK will once again be holding a number of events, including one to highlight the important work we are leading to increase global action on resilience ahead of the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in 2019.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 13 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Yemen: Peace Negotiations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to use the UK’s penholder status on Yemen at the UN Security Council to bring a new resolution forward on ending the armed conflict in Yemen.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 21 November 2018

The UK continues to fulfil its role as penholder on Yemen in the UN Security Council by coordinating sessions with the Security Council President that respond to developments in Yemen and the will of the Council as a whole. On Monday 19 November, the UK circulated a draft UN Security Council resolution calling for a cessation of hostilities, steps to improve the humanitarian situation, and support for the work of the UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths. Both the Foreign Secretary and I have recently visited the Middle East to have constructive discussions with the Saudi-led Coalition on pathways to achieve de-escalation and reduce tensions. The Foreign Secretary was clear that both sides would need to play their part in confidence-building measures.​

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 13 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Yemen: Military Intervention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps his Department is taking to protect the civilians trapped in Hodeidah, Yemen.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 21 November 2018

We are in regular contact with the Coalition about the need to ensure that any further military operations in and around Hodeidah are conducted in accordance with international humanitarian law, including on the protection of civilians, and do not disrupt commercial and humanitarian flows through the port. The UK has been at the forefront of the humanitarian response to the Yemeni crisis and addressing this is a priority for the Government. The Foreign Secretary discussed humanitarian issues with King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia on 12 November. I spoke about these issues to the Saudi Foreign Minister on 30 October, and to the Emirati Deputy Foreign Minister on 7 November.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 13 November 2018
Ministry of Defence
Afghanistan: Ethnic Groups
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the UK mission to Afghanistan is assisting in the protection of Hazaras people in Ghazni and Uruzgan provinces.
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Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 21 November 2018

The UK continues to monitor the number of civilian casualties and displaced persons as a result of the recent violence in Ghazni and Uruzgan. The Afghan Security Forces have been in the lead for the security of the Afghan people since 2015 and owing to its response, the situation in these two provinces is stabilising. The UK is committed to supporting the Afghan Security Forces to ensure their capability continues to improve in order to protect all ethnic and religious groups in Afghanistan.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 13 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Afghanistan: Ethnic Groups
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Afghanistan Government on protecting Hazaras people in Ghazni and Uruzgan provinces.
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Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 21 November 2018

We regularly raise issues concerning freedom of religion with the Government of Afghanistan, underlining, the need to protect the rights of all ethnic and religious groups in line with the constitution of Afghanistan.

We are concerned about the high number of civilian casualties and displaced persons that have resulted from the recent violence in Ghazni and Uruzgan. We urge that all parties to the conflict respect International Humanitarian Law, protecting the civilian population and facilitating the provision of assistance by neutral and impartial humanitarian agencies. We assess that the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) are now working to stabilise the security situation in both provinces. We understand that those who have been displaced are receiving assistance from local authorities.

We continue to monitor the impact that fighting may have had on tensions between different communities. Ultimately, we urge all parties to negotiate a peaceful end to the conflict, which is causing the tragic death of innocent civilians.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 09 November 2018
Department for International Development
Yemen: Humanitarian Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the military offensive on Hodeidah on her Department's aid package to help (a) screen, (b) prevent and (c) tackle malnutrition in Yemen that was announced on 16 October 2018.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 19 November 2018

On World Food Day this year, the UK announced a package of £96.5 million to help UNICEF continue to tackle malnutrition in Yemen over the coming three years. This package will screen 2.2 million children under the age of five for malnutrition and provide urgent treatment for 70,000 of the most vulnerable children.

The recent increase in military activity in and around Hodeidah has had a relatively limited impact on this programme so far, as the programme’s activities are implemented countrywide, not exclusively in Hodeidah. The continued flow of goods through and onwards from Hodeidah port, however, will be critical to ensure that humanitarian supplies can reach those in need.

In Hodeidah city, stocks of supplies, including nutrition and fuel are still available thanks to the pre-positioning by UNICEF and its partners. Efforts are now focused on scaling up lifesaving activities within the humanitarian response.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 09 November 2018
Department for International Development
Yemen: Humanitarian Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment has her Department made on the effect on the humanitarian situation in Yemen of the military offensive in Hodeidah port.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 19 November 2018

The UK continues to raise concerns with the Saudi led-Coalition about the potential impact of any assault on the port and city of Hodeidah and is monitoring the resumption of hostilities in and around Hodeidah closely. As we have consistently made clear, the Coalition must ensure that any further military operations in and around Hodeidah are conducted in accordance with international humanitarian law and do not disrupt commercial and humanitarian flows.

The impact of the violence around Hodeidah on commercial and humanitarian access is one of the main reasons behind the UN’s warning of the growing risk of food insecurity in Yemen. We are concerned by reports that access to the Red Sea mills has been restricted as a result of the latest fighting.

UK aid partners continue to deliver life-saving support on the ground as part of our £170 million response in Yemen this year, including cash transfers to 21,000 people displaced from Hodeidah, as well as access to 75,000 litres of clean water a day.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 09 November 2018
Department for International Development
Yemen: Humanitarian Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to increase the level of (a) food, (b) medicine and (c) fuel imports to Hodeidah port.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 19 November 2018

The UK government continues to raise concerns with the Saudi led-Coalition about the potential impact of any assault on the port and city of Hodeidah and is in regular contact with the Coalition about the need to ensure that any further military operations do not disrupt commercial and humanitarian flows both through the port and onwards across the country. To date, Red Sea ports remain operational and continue to import most of the food and fuel on which Yemenis rely.

We have consistently made it clear, the Houthis must facilitate access throughout areas they control which is where most of the population live.

As a part of our effort to secure vital access for food, fuel, and medicine into and throughout Yemen, the UK is also providing £1.3 million to the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism to give the Saudi-led Coalition confidence that weapons are not coming in to Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen on large commercial ships.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 09 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Yemen: Peace Negotiations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has plans to table a new UN Security Council resolution on the cessation of hostilities in Yemen.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 19 November 2018

At the UN Security Council meeting on Friday 16 November, the UK announced that we would be bringing forward a UN Security Council resolution calling for a cessation of hostilities, steps to improve the humanitarian situation, and support for the work of the UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 13 November 2018
Department for International Development
Yemen: Humanitarian Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian needs of the civilians trapped in Hodeidah, Yemen; and what steps she is taking to help fulfil those needs.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 19 November 2018

The UK continues to raise concerns with the Saudi led-Coalition about the potential impact of any assault on the port and city of Hodeidah and is monitoring the resumption of hostilities in and around Hodeidah closely. The impact of the violence around Hodeidah on commercial and humanitarian access is one of the main reasons behind the UN’s warning of the growing risk of further food insecurity in Yemen.

The UK is supporting the World Food Programme (WFP) with £35 million to respond to urgent food needs in Yemen this year. This funding will provide enough cash transfers and food vouchers to meet the immediate food needs of 4 million Yemenis. In addition, UK funding this year has helped WFP pre-position enough supplies to feed more than a million families for a month, as well as over a million litres of fuel to support hospitals and clean water facilities in Hodeidah governorate.

UK aid partners continue to deliver life-saving support on the ground as part of our £170 million response in Yemen this year, including cash transfers to 21,000 people displaced from Hodeidah, as well as 75,000 litres of clean water a day. Efforts are now focused on scaling up lifesaving activities within the humanitarian response.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 30 October 2018
Department for International Development
Rohingya: Refugees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the recent announcement from the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh that Rohingya refugees will start to be returned from Bangladesh in November 2018, what assurances her Department has sought from the Government of Myanmar on ensuring that conditions are safe for the Rohingya people to return to Myanmar.
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Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 05 November 2018

We are deeply concerned that Bangladesh and Burma have announced that they plan to begin repatriation of the Rohingya to Burma in mid-November. We agree with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) that the conditions for returns do not yet exist. The UK continues to raise our concerns at the highest levels with both military and civilian Ministers in the Government of Burma. The UK and the UN Security Council have been clear, we want both Burma and Bangladesh to take solid and constructive steps to create the conditions that will allow the Rohingya to return safely, voluntarily and with dignity to Rakhine state. The Rohingya need to be well-informed about the situation they may return to, and there needs to be independent international monitoring of any returns.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 18 October 2018
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Climate Change
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the UK meets sustainable development goal 13 on climate change.
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Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 26 October 2018

The UK played a key role in establishing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we are determined to be at the forefront of delivering them.

To support developing countries to respond to the challenges of climate change, the UK has pledged to provide at least £5.8bn of International Climate Finance between 2016/17 and 2020/21. Since 2011 UK climate investments have supported 47 million people to cope with the effects of climate change and provided 17 million people with improved access to clean energy.

The UK is also working with the UN to lead international efforts on resilience for the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in 2019.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 19 October 2018
Cabinet Office
Development Aid: Climate Change
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons sustainable development goal (SDG) 13 has not been included in the list of SDGs that the Prosperity Fund focuses on.
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Answered by: Mr David Lidington
Answered on: 26 October 2018

The primary purpose of the Prosperity Fund is to support inclusive economic development. Programmes contribute to a number of the Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 13, for example through the development of low carbon development technologies and improving energy efficiency. This is set out in more detail in the Prosperity Fund’s forthcoming Annual Report for 2017/18.

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