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Hello and welcome to the BBC's

Parliament live coverage of the

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House of Commons. In one hour's

time, we will have an urgent

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question about pay at the BBC, this

follows the resignation of the BBC's

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China editor, Carrie Gracie. After

yesterday's free shot full, there

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are a handful of ministers just

getting to their feet. One of them

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will be making a statement on the

transparency of the parole board.

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The main business of the day will be

the second reading of the trade

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Bill. Please join me for a round-up

of all the daily's events in

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Parliament at 11pm tonight. First,

questions to the Foreign Secretary,

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Boris Johnson.

Question number one,

Mr Speaker.

Boris Johnson.

I will

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answer the questions together

tackling illegal wildlife. Trade of

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the massive priority for this

Government and to that end, we will

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host a high-level conference in

London in October this year to drive

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further progress. I can assure the

house that this issue is raised

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consistently by this Government at

all levels with our friends and

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partners around the world.

I am

grateful for the answer. Can you

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deal at a bit more about what action

the thinking globally to assure that

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the appalling ivory trade is

reduced, and whether he thinks

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national plans play an important

part in that?

I am grateful, Mr

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Speaker, for that question, because

the UK Government has been a reader

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for many years now in calling for an

end to the illegal trade in ivory,

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which does so much damage, not only

to the population of elephants, but

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also of course encourages

criminality of all kinds across the

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African continent. I am proud to say

this Government is currently

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consulting on an all-out ivory ban.

The results of that consultation

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will be announced shortly. I'll to

have good news for the house.

I

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commend my Right Honourable Friend

for all be worried he is doing in

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this area, but can I draw his

attention to a shocking

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investigation in the Mail on Sunday

that highlighted the continuing

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illegal trade of tigers. Does he

agree these findings deserve urgent

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attention to ensure this magnificent

species can enjoy a safe future?

I

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commend the excellent journalism of

that publication. In highlighting

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what is taking place... At least in

rat respect. -- in that respect. It

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is an abdominal trade that I think

should be condemned by all right

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thinking people across the house and

the UK Government not only calls on

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the Government there to stop this

appalling trade, but stands ready to

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give any support and help that we

can.

You may be as interested as I

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am in the oceanic environment and I

want to talk about whales, because

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30,000 whales have been killed since

the introduction of the

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International whaling ban and

nations like Japan and Denmark

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actually take a very controversial

view to participating in that. What

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can your Department do to make

whaling history?

I congratulate my

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honourable friend, and upon as

Member for that important question.

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On what we are doing to protect

wills which are of course mammals

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rather than fish. The UK has been in

the lead over many decades in

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calling for an end to illegal

whaling and we only support whaling,

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we only condone whaling I should

say, we only condone whaling where

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it is clearly demonstrably necessary

for subsistence...

Thank you, Mr

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Speaker. Reports from the UN and

others have shown the links between

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not just the illegal wildlife trade,

but also the illegal timber trade in

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financing illegal terrorist rips.

This this only minister's waiter and

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what will he be doing to insure that

these links are broken?

Excellent

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question, because of course the

illegal wildlife trade is intimately

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connected not just with the illegal

timber trade but drug running, gun

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trafficking and human trafficking.

The illegal trade in ivory is

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estimated to be worth about $20

billion per annum and yet the

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Government has cut to the border for

is that it is now looking at

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recruiting volunteers to fill the

gap. What confidence can be housed

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have that this illegal trade will be

tackled if the Government is not

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prepared to put resources into the

border for is that it is now looking

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at recruiting volunteers to fill the

gap. What confidence can be housed

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have that this illegal trade will be

tackled if the Government is not

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prepared to put resources into the

tour de force?

-- into the Border

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Force. I have every confidence in

our Border Force and their ability

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to police the traffic of illegal

items such as ivory, and it should

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be evident I hope to everybody

coming from another country with

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such an illegal item in their

possession that they threw the risk

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not only of prosecution, but of

jail.

According to WWF, ivory

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putting in South Africa increased

last year. Work support has he

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offered to be South African

counterpart to help end this once

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and for all Clubb

once and for all?

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. I have not

held full discussions for the

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Secretary of State for Defence on

the subject, however we feel deep

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respect for anybody who has served

in the Armed Forces underscores the

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Government has been pleased to put

£770 million from the fund into

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supporting veterans but at home and

abroad.

Of course, we very much

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welcome to that.

Of bowling there

are 600 living in considerable

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poverty in Zimbabwe. With the

Minister agree with me that although

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the financial responsibility is out

of the Government, the moral

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responsibility also lies with us and

with that in mind, will he commit to

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meeting with the Secretary of State

to discuss with these people and

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pressing the new president in

Zimbabwe to actually face up to his

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responsibilities to the civil living

in this country?

I will absolutely

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commit to meet with the Secretary of

State for Defence on the subject. We

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met also had the Right Honourable

Member for Mid Sussex on the

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subject. The prime responsibility

for looking after veterans of these

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lovely and I realise that the

Government of Zimbabwe, so we will

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also reason is cost directly with

the president of Zimbabwe.

This

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question related to military

personnel. What legal advice to

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military personnel receive who are

involved in drum strikes. We read in

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the Guardian today that drum strikes

have doubled. What legal advice to

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military personnel receive in

relation to that?

The most ingenious

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attempts, but is not really

irrelevant.

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She can have a go later if she

wants.

We will be having a summit of

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the common mouth later in April this

year. That will provide a fantastic

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opportunity for us to showcase an

institution. An institution that has

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stood the test of time, brings

together 52 of the fastest growing

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economies in the world. I must say

the most remarkable institution and

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an opportunity to pay tribute to Her

Majesty the Queen for a long years

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of unrelenting service.

With the

summit taking place in April, then

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we agree this represents a major

opportunity to patch together a

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trading alliance. India should be

playing a major role in furthering

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this mission.

You are absolutely

right and it's a very good thing

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that the Prime Minister will be

coming and of course India will be

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playing a major role in the events.

Last time I checked, there were 54

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members of the Commonwealth. Many

people from common mouth countries

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are very worried that the diminished

role of Britain worldwide as we

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leave the European Union. What does

he say about that? Many people are

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worried we will use our space in the

Security Council.

Our position is

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absolutely secure. The only thing

threatening our position on the

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Security Council is the

unilateralist design meant policies

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that used to be adopted by the party

and the reader of the party

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opposite, because it is the

retention or prevention of an

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independent nuclear deterrent that

guarantees our membership, as you

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know full well.

On the notion of the

Commonwealth, Mr James Dudley.

To

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make the notion about 52 versus 54

could we increase the number? I

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think the Gambia by the time that we

get to this will already be in,

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making it 53. Could we also adds

Zimbabwe to that list?

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I thank my honourable friend, here's

a great expert on these matters. The

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proper solution is for those

countries to apply... The Gambia is

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a long way down the track only hope

to welcome them back. For Zimbabwe,

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the price of Commonwealth membership

is something that those people to

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aspire to.

That's a wonderful thing.

Among the important issues of human

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rights, poverty, quality, security

and so on that the summit will

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discuss, how much time does he

expect the Commonwealth countries to

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devote to the colour of their

passports?

Not much on that. The one

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thing that will be absolutely

crucial is 12 years of solitude

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full-time education for every girl

in the world. That will be the core

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of Commonwealth summit.

The fourth

jog, can I asked the Foreign

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Secretary to get the list of

chronology of the countries where UK

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pensioners overseas to get inflation

increases, how many of those are

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Commonwealth countries and shouldn't

we hang our heads in shame that have

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the pensioners overseas in

Commonwealth countries there has

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been no change?

I asked him to do

something about that. I happily

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accede to Mill Road honourable

friend 's request.

It Will the issue

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of tax avoidance and tax evasion be

raised in the Commonwealth heads of

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government meeting?

Almost

certainly, yes.

Question five, Mr

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Speaker.

As we create new

partnership with the we must build

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stronger bilateral relations with

the member states and of the same

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time maintain positive relations

with the EU institutions themselves.

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Considerable effort is being made to

ensure that the Foreign Office and

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the country is well placed to do

just this.

Last month the Foreign

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Secretary warned that the UK would

become our vessel state if we could

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not diverge from EU tariffs and

standards but he also accepted that

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the divergence would have

consequences for the UK. Kiddie

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spell out what those consequences

would be?

As we move on to phase two

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of the discussions and negotiations

all of these matters will be in the

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frame and I'm sure that we will be

able to negotiate an agreement that

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is in the long-term interests of the

UK.

The honourable member who is

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responding at the moment has done

enormous amounts simply reasserting

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the bilateralism across Europe this

last year. Can he assures that the

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resources he requires that he needs

to make sure that our position is

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ready proposed EU membership will

not continue the rest of the world

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so we do not rob Peter to pay Paul

or Bill bilaterals up the cost of

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global Britain?

He makes a fair

point. We have created 50 new

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diplomatic positions embassies but

it is not a question of simply

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reducing the number of staff outside

Europe by that same number. The

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money to fund these changes will be

for adjusting some of our processes

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and for some front line staff saving

in Asia, the Americas and Africa. We

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are also bidding for extra money

from the charity -- from the

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Treasury for 100 pupils to support

the process of leaving the EU.

My

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friend from Warrington so vast a

clear question but it didn't get a

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clear and serve. The Secretary of

State said there would be trading

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consequences for the UK if we

diverge from the EU tariff and

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rules. Can he ask him what are they?

It is perhaps slightly below my pay

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grade to say that I preferred my

honourable gentleman to the answer I

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give moments ago but I do. These are

matters for the negotiations will be

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discussed in phase two of those

negotiations which are now

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beginning.

Perhaps the most

important bilateral relationship the

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United Kingdom has within EU member

state is the location of British

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immigration controls in France. Will

the Minister in sure that post

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principally to all that we can to

maintain this important

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relationship?

My honourable friend

has put his finger on a very

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important issue and I think it is an

essential part of our relations with

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France which need to continue

smoothly and I have little doubt

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that it will be discussed to some

extent have a UK Bram Som at which

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will take place later this month.

Can I congratulate the Foreign

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Secretary on surviving yesterday's

Downing Street situations. The

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Foreign Affairs Committee was told

that there would be to the FCO's

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work to Asia, Africa and the

Americas. What impact does he

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believe that has on his department's

ambitions for a global Britain?

I am

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confident that all the combined

efforts across Whitehall and many

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departments, that it will not enter

efforts to be champions of global

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Britain and all ministers in all

departments are making sure that

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global Britain is a reality.

It is

good to hear that he doesn't believe

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that cuts the elsewhere in the world

will have an impact. With increasing

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numbers of people thinking that the

government is handling negotiations

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with the UK badly and given that is

a view shared many couples around

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the world, does he agree that the

appointment of the new Deal Minister

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is the latest sign of a state

hurtling towards retreat and

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isolation?

No, I don't do much of

the last 18 months championing this

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country across Europe and elsewhere,

throughout the 77 countries

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represent an employer to say that

the British flag flies high and has

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great respect and all those

countries.

Number six, Mr Speaker.

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With permission I will answer

questions six, 15 and 23 together.

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We have consistently made clear our

concern about Iran's destabilising

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and destructive activity in the

region, their ballistic missile

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programme that remain sanctioned by

both the EU and the UN, and about

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the reported uranium weapons

supplies to people in the Yemen but

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should be a violation of the UN

Security Council resolution 200 and

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21. We have set out those concerned

with great clarity.

Iran's support

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the terrorist groups across the

region, its culpability in the

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destruction in Syria and its

devotion to wipe the Jewish state of

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the map obviously need to be

condemned by all, but words are not

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enough. Back to will Britain take to

counteract Iran's destabilising

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activities?

We... I have never

personally clear to the Iranian

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leadership at all levels the big

concern we have in this country

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about the very issues that the right

honourable lady raises. In

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particular the supply, the alleged

supply of weaponry to the group, the

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breaches of their obligations under

two to 31. We are blazing this not

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just with the Iranians but with our

partners in order to put pressure on

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Iran to desist from those

activities.

My constituent is still

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in prison in Iran after 20 months.

Despite a lot of attention on her

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case before the festive period, her

husband, Richard, still spend

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Christmas without his wife. When I'm

out of the Foreign Secretary he said

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he would leave no stone unturned to

secure her release, but I would ask

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what steps he has taken to fulfil

that promise.

She and I have

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discussed this case on several

occasions. The best thing I can tell

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the house is that work continues

assiduously at all levels on all our

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consular cases in Iran. It is not a

particularly helpful to secure the

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result that we both want to get into

detailed commentary at this stage of

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about hi we are doing.

More than a

year since we re-establish

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diplomatic ties of the union

government, run continues to

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continue its weapon programme,

continues to fund regional terrorist

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groups. What positive fruit can we

expect this year from Arcos retires

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with the Arabian regime?

My right

honourable friend makes an excellent

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point. I would simply remind the

house of the virtues of our

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approach, which is on the one hand

to be extremely tough with the

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Iranians for what they are doing

wrong and as I say they remain are

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highly disruptive and destabilising

force, but also to do what we can

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have the same time not just to

confront but to engage with the

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forces of reform in Iran that do

exist and that need encouragement

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and that could be imperilled. That

is one of the reasons why we

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believe, and I know this is shared

by many in the house, that we

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believe the JCP away, the Iran

nuclear deal, is valid, is something

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that represents a considerable

diplomatic achievement and should be

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safeguarded.

What steps is the

Foreign Secretary taking to combat

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the growing influence of Iran in

both Syria and Lebanon with weapons

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focused on Israel, a state that

which is TMI alert?

Again, I think

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the right honourable lady is

absolutely right to protect the

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disruptive hand, the destabilising

agency of Iran in the region and

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certainly in the supply of arms to

Hezbollah, weapons to other groups.

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What Iran is up to is well

chronicled and together with our

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friends and partners we are working

out the UN and elsewhere to bring

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the maximum pressure on the Iranians

for them to cease and desist their

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activities.

Maybe correct a new

doctrine, that we have learnt the

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lessons of military interventions in

Iraq, Libya and Syria and never

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again will we temp two use military

force to remove unpleasant per Terry

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and regimes and placed them with

disastrous totalitarian movements?

I

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think my right honourable friend

makes an excellent point and the

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house must bear in mind that of

course the must push back on a

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disruptive behaviour, and this

government will continue to do that,

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but we must be intellectually honest

and recognise that collectively over

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the last 20 years or so Western

Front policy has helped to create

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the conditions allow us in which

every main influence has been

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capable of expanding.

Mr Speaker,

let's be clear, no peaceful protest

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should ever be met with violence and

no peaceful protesters should ever

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be locked up and charged with

crimes, some of them capital crimes.

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Can the Foreign Secretary also made

clear today that the Arabian

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regime's actions over the last

fortnight cannot and must not be

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used as an excuse by the White House

to introduce, reintroduce sanctions

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following method's deadline and

jeopardise the Iran nuclear deal?

I

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agree very much with the sentiments

with which the honourable gentleman

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began and I think it is vital that

the people of Iran and the

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government of Iran should understand

that we in this country support the

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right to peaceful demonstration

within the law. That is a message we

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communicated very clearly. I also

believe that it is important that

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the JCP over a should continue and

that that agreement, which prevents

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the Iranians from acquiring nuclear

weapons in exchange for greater

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economic partnership with the West

world, that agreement remains just

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four, remains valid and we continue

to urge friends in the White House

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not to throw it away.

Does the

Foreign Secretary Sea, as I do, some

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parallels and similarities between

the situation in Iran now and the

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situation in the former Soviet Union

in its declining years and would he

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therefore agreed that the

combination of deterrence,

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containment and constant pressure

over human rights issues is the

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right combination to achieve

hopefully our similar outcome less

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Chamakh I do agree with my right

honourable friend.

Our approach must

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be extremely circumspect and guarded

and tough, but we should also be in

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the business where we see reformers,

where we see progressives in around,

0:25:450:25:50

as there were with Mikhail Gorbachev

and others, expressed the hopes of

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many people in their country in a

different way, whether reformers in

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around capable of taking that

company board in a different

0:26:020:26:06

direction, then they deserve

encouragement.

Question number

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seven.

I will take questions number

seven, ten and 11 together. My

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apologies. These issues on human

rights arrays directly by all

0:26:220:26:29

ministers in all interactions with

counterparts. I have raised them

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nine times in the last four months.

It also support civil society

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organisations on the ground and

ensure that we support through

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multilateral and international

organisations human rights.

0:26:410:26:51

In Egypt, the treatment of the LGBT

community continues to deteriorate.

0:26:510:26:57

They are now considering a Bill to

punish same-sex relationships with a

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maximum ten year prison sentence.

What recommendations would you make

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in these developments?

These are

alarming developments and indeed the

0:27:090:27:14

transition from what was believed to

be an Islamist Government to a

0:27:140:27:17

nationalist Government appears to

have coincided with a crackdown on

0:27:170:27:21

these issues. The Foreign Secretary

has raised it directly with them and

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we will continue to do so with every

interaction with the Egyptian

0:27:250:27:29

Government.

We saw again the perils

of the sea crossing from Libya to

0:27:290:27:35

Europe. Amnesty are saying that

20,000 people are being held in

0:27:350:27:41

detention centres, subject to

torture, and unlawful killings. What

0:27:410:27:46

is the Government doing to put

pressure on the authorities to allow

0:27:460:27:51

rescue ships access to Libyan waters

and ensure that people are not

0:27:510:27:54

trapped in their country and

refugees are able to exercise their

0:27:540:27:59

right to asylum?

This is an issue we

are very focused on and aware of. A

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lot of are focused at the moment is

on the detention centres which he

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reads. We are working to improve

those conditions.

From experience, I

0:28:090:28:17

know that the Foreign Secretary at

welcomes opposition even if his

0:28:170:28:22

minders haven't always, but on two

recent allegations I heard of this

0:28:220:28:28

centre facing difficulties. The

other of child D10 ease in Israel

0:28:280:28:35

and Bangladesh sometimes being

disappeared. Is it not time to place

0:28:350:28:40

greater emphasis on human rights

with these key allies or do arms

0:28:400:28:44

sales proceeds away our ability to

be a critical friend?

Ministers are

0:28:440:28:52

very aware of both these issues.

These are raised continually in our

0:28:520:28:58

interactions with those governments.

We try to do it sensitively bovine

0:28:580:29:02

material level and a diplomatic

level and we believe we can make

0:29:020:29:07

progress on both issues.

Can I ask

my honourable friend whether the

0:29:070:29:13

issue of religious freedom is raised

at every opportunity? Particularly

0:29:130:29:18

in countries where people are

persecuted for their faith or indeed

0:29:180:29:20

lack of it?

Absolutely. Religious

freedom is critical in a world where

0:29:200:29:29

religious and sectarian violence

appears to be increasingly dominant.

0:29:290:29:35

We do so through support through

civil society organisations.

There

0:29:350:29:42

are many countries where appalling

human rights abuse takes place,

0:29:420:29:45

whether that be persecution of

minorities or destruction of

0:29:450:29:50

settlements. Should we make support

conditional in terms of direct

0:29:500:29:55

support for

0:29:550:29:56

conditional in terms of direct

support for, the use all their

0:29:560:30:00

effort to tackle this?

This is a

very important question. Our belief

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is that we need to do the things

simultaneously. We need to use our

0:30:060:30:12

political relationships actively in

order to drive human rights

0:30:120:30:15

improvement and change, but at the

same time, we have an obligation to

0:30:150:30:20

marginalise people in these

countries and we need to continue to

0:30:200:30:25

provide support to them.

Since May,

at least 21 questions have been

0:30:250:30:32

given long prison sentences in Iran

for practising their faith. Does the

0:30:320:30:39

Minister raise the issue of human

rights and freedom?

He certainly

0:30:390:30:45

did.

Mr Speaker, happy New Year. Can

I welcome the Foreign Secretary back

0:30:450:30:56

to his place I hope the Prime

Minister today recognises how

0:30:560:31:00

important it is today that he

continues to have the support of his

0:31:000:31:04

talented French bench team in

ensuring that his work is done

0:31:040:31:06

properly. -- front bench team. On

Boxing Day, the Saudis launched two

0:31:060:31:16

separate areas strikes killing a

total of 68 civilians and at least

0:31:160:31:20

eight children. The UN humanitarian

coordinator showbiz showed they are

0:31:200:31:32

taking out attacks on civilians.

Does the Foreign Secretary and the

0:31:320:31:36

Minister agree with this judgment

against both sides?

We continue to

0:31:360:31:42

press very strongly as the secretary

is aware. We have made some progress

0:31:420:31:51

although it is too early to be

complacent, but it remained a very

0:31:510:31:55

difficult situation and we need to

continue pushing and happy New Year

0:31:550:32:00

to be Shadow Foreign Secretary

commented.

I thank the Minister for

0:32:000:32:03

that answer, but surely when the

Saudis are allies and create a

0:32:030:32:10

restrictive indiscriminate, they are

just as indefensible. Mayor asking

0:32:100:32:15

me wider question about this, which

is how we are going to end the

0:32:150:32:19

conflict? We have a proposal from

the former Minister for the Middle

0:32:190:32:24

East and he wrote in the Sunday

Telegraph this weekend urging a more

0:32:240:32:31

interventionist UK role. He said we

must be "Less risk averse, wanted by

0:32:310:32:38

experience in Iraq and Afghanistan."

He said it is, and I quote," calling

0:32:380:32:45

out to be stabilised by a third

party." Does he agree with his

0:32:450:32:51

colleague's proposal and who does he

propose that third party should be?

0:32:510:32:59

At the moment, we don't believe that

it should be a third party. We made

0:32:590:33:03

a lot of progress. Some of her

colleagues have made a lot of

0:33:030:33:11

progress in a recent visit and we

will watch closely over the next 30

0:33:110:33:13

days. We absolutely agree that these

errors strikes must be investigated

0:33:130:33:18

objectively.

Is seeking to speed up

progress, I look to Sir Desmond with

0:33:180:33:26

enormous confidence.

This will

deliver a marine protection across

0:33:260:33:34

nearly 4 million square colour

matters of the Earth's oceans and

0:33:340:33:38

seas around our overseas territories

by 2020. We are also working to the

0:33:380:33:43

economies programme to enable small

island states to conserve and to use

0:33:430:33:48

their maritime resources only

sustainable manner.

How will it be

0:33:480:33:54

enforced?

LAUGHTER

0:33:540:33:59

A very succinct. This is a wholly

good news story. I think the BBC

0:33:590:34:06

blue planet series has inspired

millions of viewers and we are

0:34:060:34:10

getting this into practical effect.

I can make it very clear to my Right

0:34:100:34:14

Honourable Friend that we are

working with our overseas

0:34:140:34:18

territories to insure that each of

our marine protected areas is backed

0:34:180:34:22

by a robust legislation, effective

monitoring, and the very strong

0:34:220:34:28

enforcement my Right Honourable

Friend would wish to see.

When it

0:34:280:34:35

comes to improving global

conservation, it is third world

0:34:350:34:38

countries who want to be affected

but don't have the resources. What

0:34:380:34:44

resources are made available to

those countries to carry out the

0:34:440:34:47

drop as well?

I am not entirely

clear, but there are international

0:34:470:34:53

treaties and international treaty

obligation and I hope collectively

0:34:530:34:55

the world can get together to make

sure the objectives we all have

0:34:550:35:00

insure our properly put into effect.

Number nine, please, Mr Speaker. The

0:35:000:35:10

honourable friend will recognise

that the UK strive to protect

0:35:100:35:13

cultural helmeted and religious

rights when they are threatened by

0:35:130:35:17

conflict which that the data will

regularly are. As recently as

0:35:170:35:22

September, the United Kingdom was

instrumental in adopting an

0:35:220:35:28

investigative team to collect

evidence of crimes committed by

0:35:280:35:32

diet. More recently still, in

December, the UK ratified the Hague

0:35:320:35:39

Convention for the collection of

intellectual property.

We read the

0:35:390:35:46

focus much attention on the

persecution of Christians in the

0:35:460:35:48

Middle East. Canny minister assures

that he will raise with his

0:35:480:35:56

counterpart in African nations such

as Nigeria and can you be

0:35:560:36:01

persecution of Christians in those

countries which is on an even larger

0:36:010:36:03

scale?

The honourable gentleman will

recognise that I replica

0:36:030:36:13

recognise... These are issues

prevalent in those areas. Beasley

0:36:130:36:18

part of the world that I represent,

I do my best at every opportunity to

0:36:180:36:25

represent the interests of

questions. I wrote a letter to all

0:36:250:36:28

of High Commissioners and

ambassadors prudently asking for

0:36:280:36:30

their own plans for how they were

going to insure minorities in places

0:36:300:36:36

from Nepal to India and elsewhere

are going to be properly dealt with.

0:36:360:36:41

The crackdown by the Miami my

military continues to have

0:36:410:36:50

consequences. It is positive that

the General Assembly has taken a

0:36:500:36:56

strong stands, but dissent from

China, Russia and other countries is

0:36:560:37:00

preventing an international

approach. What influence can be used

0:37:000:37:04

to convince China in particular of

the need for action in this crisis?

0:37:040:37:10

That is the hub of the matter. We

cannot get one through because it

0:37:100:37:15

would be blocked by China and

Russia. We are doing our best

0:37:150:37:20

constantly to have compositions with

our Chinese and Russian

0:37:200:37:22

counterparts. A repeat of the

greatest issue both the Birmingham

0:37:220:37:32

defence minister and the Minister

for the officer of the State when I

0:37:320:37:37

was attending the assembly in Asia

and European foreign ministers

0:37:370:37:43

conference. -- Bernie 's defence

minister.

How is he addressing the

0:37:430:37:52

very serious issue of the Bangladesh

and Myanmar authorities pushing for

0:37:520:37:57

plans to repatriate the raw hinder

population despite the evidence that

0:37:570:38:02

most will hinder have concerns of

further persecution. What is the

0:38:020:38:10

Government's position on the

repatriating of the raw ... There

0:38:100:38:18

can be no question at the moment of

being a safe and dignified return

0:38:180:38:24

from Bangladesh to Burma. I was in

Thailand last week and I spoke with

0:38:240:38:32

the chairman of the new standing

committee that will oversee the

0:38:320:38:39

understanding between those two

countries in order to look at this

0:38:390:38:43

whole issue of returns. The reality

is that we want to see people being

0:38:430:38:48

able to return. The fact is that at

the moment that isn't going to be

0:38:480:38:53

possible, but we do want the

pressure on both sides as a result.

0:38:530:38:58

Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. As

the Minister has acknowledged, the

0:38:580:39:02

terrible human rights abuses of the

Rohingya refugees are continuing. He

0:39:020:39:08

knows that the Miami my Government

has banned the special and that the

0:39:080:39:14

fact-finding mission is impossible.

He has said previously that any

0:39:140:39:19

return of refugees must be safe,

voluntary and dignified. Does he

0:39:190:39:23

think there is any action that the

British Government can take to

0:39:230:39:29

prevent the return of these refugees

until those conditions are

0:39:290:39:33

fulfilled?

There is very little that

can be done other than with

0:39:330:39:40

cooperation at international level.

We are part of the committee trying

0:39:400:39:46

to oversee the Sunday have had

meetings in Myanmar Twohig at

0:39:460:39:51

practical steps that can be taken to

try and use this path. The reality

0:39:510:39:57

is, these are massive national

international problems. We have

0:39:570:40:00

tried to do as much as we can

through the United Nations, but the

0:40:000:40:05

realities of the situation is...

Well, the Right Honourable Lady

0:40:050:40:11

talks about introducing sanctions. I

think all those with the benefit of

0:40:110:40:15

high site can say that the sanctions

were lifted to early. We need to get

0:40:150:40:24

this through the United Nations and

the reality is, almost certainly

0:40:240:40:28

they would be vetoed. We are trying.

We are constantly having a

0:40:280:40:33

conversation with our Chinese and

Russian counterparts about these

0:40:330:40:36

matters.

Ministers are not helped if

ministry frontbenchers chunter on a

0:40:360:40:47

protected places. We need to try to

speed up. Alan Brown.

Thank you, Mr

0:40:470:40:54

Speaker. I will answer this question

and question 17 together. We remain

0:40:540:41:00

seriously concerned with the seizing

of Palestinian property by the

0:41:000:41:09

Israelis. Is real's treatment of

Honourable Palestinian minors held

0:41:090:41:15

in detention remains a human rights

priority. We raised our concerns

0:41:150:41:20

with the Israeli authorities in our

last visit and will continue to do

0:41:200:41:23

some.

Following on from those

concerns, the reality is that the

0:41:230:41:30

Israeli Prime Minister has voted

for... New laws must consider the

0:41:300:41:36

possibility of application to try

occupied territories. When with the

0:41:360:41:44

UK's approach change and join other

EU countries in calling for

0:41:440:41:51

compensation for AIDS and stop

trading with illegal settlements?

0:41:510:41:52

The whole issue around settlements

brings into question the whole point

0:41:580:42:01

of pursuing a two state solution

because none of these issues will be

0:42:010:42:05

dealt with unless we make progress

in relation to that. In the

0:42:050:42:11

meantime, we continue to support

those who are concerned about

0:42:110:42:15

demolitions and settlements. We

continue to make the case there is

0:42:150:42:18

real but these are barriers to

peace. Unless there is a conclusive

0:42:180:42:23

settlement soon, then these issues

will get worse.

Question number 17.

0:42:230:42:35

I want to ask the Minister if he

shares my outrage at the continued

0:42:350:42:39

detention of 16-year-old ahead to

meet me in Israel. It is an

0:42:390:42:47

violation of Article 76 of the

fourth Geneva Convention. Will he

0:42:470:42:51

raise our concerns about this issue

with the Israeli government?

I know

0:42:510:42:55

the family. It is a very unhappy

incident rounds and when you look at

0:42:550:43:05

the incident, the truth is the

soldiers shouldn't be there and the

0:43:050:43:09

young woman shouldn't have needed to

do what she did. It is sad that the

0:43:090:43:13

young people who ought to be friends

are caught up in a situation which

0:43:130:43:17

because of that they to deal

comprehensibility with what is

0:43:170:43:21

happening on the West Bank and

Israel, we can come to a settlement.

0:43:210:43:26

We have indeed made representations.

It is important that Israel follows

0:43:260:43:29

through the law, but the whole issue

when you see it on the video tells

0:43:290:43:34

you shouldn't be happening and we

should be working hard to a

0:43:340:43:38

settlement for this issue to these

young people don't have to continue

0:43:380:43:41

to do what they are doing.

The

biggest current obstacles to the

0:43:410:43:48

advancement of the Middle East peace

process is the long-standing issue

0:43:480:43:52

of Palestinian incitement. What

steps is he taking to assist the

0:43:520:43:58

Palestinian leadership in becoming a

viable partner or peace with Israel?

0:43:580:44:03

There are many obstacles on the way

to peace. One of them remains

0:44:030:44:08

incitement and monks some in the

Palestinian community. Efforts are

0:44:080:44:12

being made for reconciliation

between Fatah and Kamaz have to

0:44:120:44:16

conclude with a process that has led

to acceptance of Quartet principles

0:44:160:44:21

and that will provide a further step

forward, we hope.

Does he agree with

0:44:210:44:26

me that the only way to resolve the

issue of land borders is through the

0:44:260:44:31

resumption of direct peace talks

without preconditions?

Yes, Mr

0:44:310:44:38

Speaker, and effort are continually

being made to move forward in

0:44:380:44:41

relation to the peace process. We

wait to see proposals put forward by

0:44:410:44:46

the US envoys very soon but sooner

or later the Palestinians and

0:44:460:44:49

Israelis have to sit down together

because only they can come to the

0:44:490:44:52

answer that they need. Number 13, Mr

Speaker. Thank you. Our

0:44:520:45:00

long-standing policy in support of a

two state solution is clear. We

0:45:000:45:05

support a negotiated settlement

leading to a safe and secure Israel

0:45:050:45:08

living alongside a viable and

sovereign Palestinian state based in

0:45:080:45:13

1967 borders with agreed land swaps,

Jerusalem as the share capital of

0:45:130:45:17

both states and the just, fair and

realistic settlement for refugees.

I

0:45:170:45:23

am pleased my right honourable

friend agrees that the two state

0:45:230:45:26

solution is the best way forward but

the Israeli Justice Minister is on

0:45:260:45:31

record saying that there is not and

never will be a Palestine state, so

0:45:310:45:37

would my right honourable friend is

therefore join me in expressing

0:45:370:45:41

concern at the impact these comments

have on the prospects of peace and

0:45:410:45:45

outline how the UK can lead on

engagement with those who have this

0:45:450:45:48

view?

There are many statements made

about whether or not there will be a

0:45:480:45:56

resolution to issues between the

Palestinians and Israelis on both

0:45:560:46:00

sides and the United Kingdom is not

responsible for those. What I could

0:46:000:46:04

say is that all the polling done in

both Israel and Palestine suggests

0:46:040:46:09

that people want to see a two state

solution, as I indicated before. We

0:46:090:46:14

will continue to work but that can

be hoped that those in the

0:46:140:46:18

Palestinian areas and in Israel will

also continue to work with a just

0:46:180:46:22

peace.

The Minister must surely

acknowledge that comments like this

0:46:220:46:29

by the Israeli government do not

give the impression that they are

0:46:290:46:32

serious about peace. Does he agree

that the calls for how Mass for acts

0:46:320:46:36

of violence and bridge against

Israeli people in the wake of the

0:46:360:46:40

relocation of the US embassy was

wholly contemptible and should be

0:46:400:46:44

thoroughly condemned by everyone in

this House?

The danger and the

0:46:440:46:49

difficulty of making statements

which are seen to be provocative has

0:46:490:46:52

been seen in the responses in recent

weeks. The United Kingdom is right

0:46:520:46:56

in calling on all sides to refrain

both from those provocations to use

0:46:560:47:01

renewed interest in the issues

between Israel and the Palestinians

0:47:010:47:06

as they pressure to push the peace

because that is the only thing that

0:47:060:47:10

will deal with these issues in the

future.

Question 14.

Our relations

0:47:100:47:18

with India remain excellent. The UK

shares are long-standing and the

0:47:180:47:22

adventure but India covering

economic and commercial ties,

0:47:220:47:25

defence and security and the living

bridge in the people to people

0:47:250:47:29

links, which I saw recently on their

visit to India only three months

0:47:290:47:33

ago.

This April the Prime Minister

will be here once again. The last

0:47:330:47:41

visit had an opportunity for a joint

address to both Houses of Parliament

0:47:410:47:45

and an opportunity to interact with

the Indian Dyas for in this country.

0:47:450:47:51

Plans are therefore similar

arrangements to use this opportunity

0:47:510:47:54

once again?

I very much agree with

my honourable friend. There is no

0:47:540:48:02

doubt that India will play a vital

role in mid April. We are working

0:48:020:48:08

closely with the Indian colleagues

to develop a full agenda for areas

0:48:080:48:11

of mutual interest but they hope

that we are able to do something

0:48:110:48:17

here in parliament, but figured as a

matter for you Mr Speaker, but also

0:48:170:48:21

elsewhere within the community in

London and beyond weather are a

0:48:210:48:25

significant number of Indian

Kasparov.

Given that the republic of

0:48:250:48:29

India is a Commonwealth member has

now held by constituent from

0:48:290:48:35

Dumbarton in custody without charge

for two months, can the Minister

0:48:350:48:38

tell the host of their government's

partnership approach to large

0:48:380:48:43

Commonwealth states is nothing short

of a Faustian pact in which we

0:48:430:48:47

sacrifice our defence of due process

to arbitrate tension on the altar of

0:48:470:48:52

free marketeer is?

I really don't

think that is the case at all. He

0:48:520:49:00

has been a steadfast constituency MP

on this matter. We have met in the

0:49:000:49:09

House of Commons and I very much

respect the way in which he has

0:49:090:49:12

worked very hard on the half of the

family. I recognise this is a very

0:49:120:49:23

difficult and distressing time for

the family. Conjurer staff have

0:49:230:49:27

visited him in a number of

occasions, and I can confirm there

0:49:270:49:31

will be a further visit this

Thursday. I will continue to meet

0:49:310:49:35

the family and we are keeping them

informed at every stage.

Topical

0:49:350:49:44

questions.

Number one topical, sir.

My priorities for the New Year are

0:49:440:49:54

to take forward but's response of

the crisis in Yemen, where we

0:49:540:49:59

support Saudi Arabia's right to

defend the security while insisting

0:49:590:50:03

millions receive the aid that they

desperately need. In April,

0:50:030:50:07

Commonwealth leaders will gather in

London from one of the biggest

0:50:070:50:09

summit this country has ever posted,

demonstrating the unrivalled

0:50:090:50:13

networks of friendships of the

global Britain and later in the year

0:50:130:50:16

we will co-host the summit on

tackling illegal wildlife trade.

0:50:160:50:22

Happy New Year to you. I recently

met ministers from Madagascar, among

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them the president, who voiced a

request for them to become a member

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of the Commonwealth. Commonwealth

countries in Africa seemed to be

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doing much better politically and

financially than others. What

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measures is he taking for Madagascar

to the close relationships with the

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Commonwealth after Brexit?

I am

delighted to hear the news from

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Madagascar. I hope that if he is

correct that Madagascar will proceed

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that, but procedures must be

followed with the Commonwealth

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secretary, as he would expect. I

gather that there are several

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countries in Africa now queueing up

to join the Commonwealth.

President

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Hollande's biographer has said that

the President was by goalie interest

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in the state visit is the

opportunity to, and pickled, trump

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the Queen. Trumpalise the Queen. Can

he save Her Majesty from whatever

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that is, Trumpalise the Queen, and

cancel the visit?

I think Her

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Majesty the Queen is well capable of

taking this American president or

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any American president in her

stride, as she has done over six

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remarkable decades. She has seen

them come and she has seen them go.

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If she seeks advice on whether or

not to invite the President of the

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United States to visit this country,

might I invite her to ask the person

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next door to her who said only last

year I think we have to welcome the

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American president to Britain, we

have to work with him. Those were

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the words quite rightly of the right

honourable lady.

The fire and fury

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took about the trump presidency has

reheated some to bunt claims about

0:52:420:52:47

the role of British intelligence.

Although the ordinary stance of the

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British Government is neither to

confirm nor deny, but, right

0:52:520:52:56

honourable friend take this

opportunity, as the intelligence

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chiefs have, to slay these myths?

As

my honourable friend rightly says we

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do not normally comment on these

matters, but in this particular case

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GCHQ made clear that these

allegations were nonsense, utterly

0:53:130:53:17

ridiculous and should be ignored.

UK

humanitarian workers have told us

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that ten hospitals and Syria have

been directly targeted by Russian

0:53:220:53:25

and Syrian forces over the last few

weeks. These attacks are against the

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can -- the Geneva Convention and

have left hundreds of children

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needing humanitarian help. Can he

indicated he will follow through on

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his previous pledge to donate

British groups to UN peacekeeping

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forces? Can he asked President Putin

to desist from doing these? Can he

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ensure that the Geneva processes

reenergised?

The attacks of the

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Christmas period were deeply

distressing. I spoke to some of the

0:53:530:53:57

medical agencies involved in getting

those with medical issues out of

0:53:570:54:01

eastern foot in order to seek

treatment and the overwhelming need

0:54:010:54:05

is for proper humanitarian access to

the area. The Geneva process, which

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is underway, being driven forward,

breaches its next by date of this

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month, it must keep going to try and

CNN to this conflict which is the

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only thing that will relieve the

suffering. The United Kingdom is

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right behind that.

Can he update the

house as to what will the Foreign

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Office played in ensuring the

opening of the Yemeni seaport?

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Following my right honourable friend

the Secretary of State for

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International Development's visit to

Djibouti and Riyadh in December, the

0:54:410:54:46

Saudi authorities announced that the

coalition would open the port for 30

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days from the 20th of December. Over

nine ships have docked, fuel, food

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and call. That process is continuing

with more ships having been cleared.

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We have been able to make sure that

the board remains open after that

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time and we are working with others

to ensure that is the case.

It has

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been nine months since Kirsty

Maxwell tragically fell to her death

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from a balcony in Benidorm and still

the family do not know what happened

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to the close on her body when she

died or the circumstances of her

0:55:190:55:22

death. The Minister has been very

helpful in trying to assist but we

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are no further forward. Will he put

more pressure on the Spanish

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authorities and to a full-scale

review of what support families to

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have lost loved ones abroad?

We have

been working very close on this

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tragic cultural issue. I am happy to

offer her a further meeting and

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proceed every possible step we can

take to go into the details are more

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depth.

Chris Green. He has gone.

Andrew Berry. The Foreign Secretary

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has commented on the immeasurable

contribution by the RAF in battling

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terrorism in the Middle East. Never

again should Britain with all we can

0:56:080:56:14

offer be reduced to standing on the

sidelines while extremists and

0:56:140:56:18

despots kill hundreds of thousands

with impunity.

I think that they

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honourable friend speaks for many in

this House who now regret what

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happened in 2013 and our failure to

stand by the red lines... Many more

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deaths have subsequently in Sudan

have otherwise taken place.

William

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Hague describe the UN human rights

Council periodic review as a

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valuable mechanism for holding

countries accountable for their

0:56:490:56:52

human rights record. Will the

Foreign Secretary agree with me that

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the periodic review meeting on the

23rd of January provides an

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opportunity to hold Israel to

account for its treatment of

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Palestinian children held in Israeli

military custody -- custody and will

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he do so?

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The questions are simply too long.

If we had brief questions and brief

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answers, far more colleagues would

get in.

The council will indeed be

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used by the United Kingdom to offer

a statement to Israel and I know the

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issues he raises are covered in a

number of different ways in terms of

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our representation to Israel.

Violence in Iran has escalated. Does

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the Minister share my concern that

many Iranians may have been arrested

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for taking to the streets to protest

a regime that brutalises women and

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other minorities.

We believe that

the of the people of Iran to

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demonstrate peacefully in accordance

with the line that is the point I

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will continue to continue to make to

my Iranian counterparts later this

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week.

Following ministerial

appointments in the general

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election, canny Minister provides

assurance to the house that the

0:58:090:58:11

Department for it international

element hasn't become a part of the

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Foreign Office and that giving aid

and will be the primary focus.

Many

0:58:150:58:23

people will say it as light of this

Government reforms and activities as

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one Government and that is what we

are doing.

The uranium people pride

0:58:270:58:36

themselves on their educational

attainment. How has banning teaching

0:58:360:58:40

English language in these schools

help future generations? Nott it

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does nothing to help future

generations of Iranians to ban the

0:58:460:58:49

teaching of English. It is something

we deeply discouraged. Research

0:58:490:58:59

conducted by the international State

crime and should have found examples

0:58:590:59:02

of format of the six stages of

genocide being carried out in the

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Rohingya state against the Rohingya

people. What has the Foreign

0:59:070:59:12

Minister done for the extermination

of the other two stages?

Iwobi

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honourable lady will be assured that

we are keeping abreast of the issue

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about genocide any sort of apparel

to the ICC. It is obviously

0:59:240:59:30

difficult, because Burma is

currently not a Member. We are

0:59:300:59:33

working with other countries to

ensure that the very real concerns

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she expresses are put into place.

Head of a Emmanuel Macron first

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visit here as president next week,

will my honourable friend continued

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the importance of the relationship

between the UK and France and does

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he agree that this relationship

should get stronger not weaker after

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Brexit?

My honourable friend is

absolutely right, the relationship

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between Britain and France is of

huge and historic importance and has

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been intensifying over recent years,

particularly in defence and security

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cooperation. I hope you will be

pleased by some of the developments

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and announcements being made.

Will

he update the house on what

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discussions he has had with the

Government of Mauritius if any?

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Referring to the question of

decolonisation of islands.

As I am

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sure you know, we believe this case

to be without merit and we will

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continue to contest it.

With my

honourable friend and his colleagues

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continue the very important support

to the political process and support

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to be democratic of Congo in 2018?

We certainly shall.

Why is the

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Government taking legal advice on

suing the European Union for

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appearing to treat Britain as a

third country from March 2019 and

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that is the express intention of UK

Government policy?

I am sure the

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honourable gentleman and his

constituents would want, we intend

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to get a superb new relationship, a

deep and special partnership with

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our friends and partners in the EU

and that is the objective of the

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negotiations now.

Canny Foreign

Secretary confirmed that the United

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States remains our closest ally and

that the special relationship rests

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on more than we do wanted, close

military alliances and a shirt view

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of the world? Book-mac I could not

have that have that it better

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myself.

-- I could not have that it

better myself. It was the right

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thing to invite the president of the

United States to this country.

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Steady on. On that point, President

Trump, who is apparently, like,

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really smart, and a stable genius to

boot, what does President Trump have

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to say or tweaked for any invitation

to the UK for any wedding or

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otherwise to be withdrawn?

I think

that... If I understood the

1:02:281:02:37

honourable gentleman's question

correctly, he wishes to present the

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invitation to the President of the

United States? I don't believe that

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is sensible. The United States is

our closest, most important security

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and indeed begin on partner and will

continue to be so.

Given events in

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Iran, is it not time that their

assets were frozen worldwide.

I

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appreciate the sentiment the

honourable gentleman expresses and

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they clearly do not represent the

forces of progress to which I was

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alluding earlier on in Iran. We are

keeping them under continuous

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review.

The situation in Kashmir is

a human outrage on a regular basis.

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Tension between Pakistan and India

is threatening world peace. Can we

1:03:301:03:36

bring Pakistan and India together

and move the peace process forward?

1:03:361:03:43

I hope that provide that

opportunity. Both India and Pakistan

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are a long-standing friends to the

UK. And the issue of Kashmir, we do

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not intervene because it is an issue

for those two countries to

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determine.

The plight of the

Rohingya people continues to shock.

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So many of them are unaccompanied

children. That has the Foreign

1:04:051:04:10

Secretary what discussions he has

had with his counterparts in

1:04:101:04:13

Bangladesh to enjoy these vulnerable

children are protected?

We have

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regular competitions. I am seeing

the Bangladesh High Commissioner for

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the UK in May office this afternoon

and this will be literally the first

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thing on our agenda.

The number of

UK nationals who have been deported

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back to the UK on suspicion of

terrorism.

I am very happy to do

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that.

I am sorry, we are very short

time. I wouldn't want the honourable

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gentleman to feel excluded.

The

Muslim Brotherhood is a

1:04:501:04:59

well-financed organisation. Before

Christmas, the Foreign Secretary

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made a similar long delays that he

would scrutinise their visa

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applications into the United

Kingdom. What actions have happened

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as a result of that?

Act until the

honourable gentleman that in

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addition to looking harder at their

visa applications, we are also

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looking hard at the engagement of

the Muslim Brotherhood and its

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associate in charities in this

country, but I'd be very happy to

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supply further details of what we

are doing in respect of the Muslim

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Brotherhood visas to the honourable

gentleman.

Order. If it appertains

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to the exchanges, because I think I

heard the honourable lady

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corruptible but at ago, I think that

would be if their characterisation.

1:05:431:05:48

If she wishes to erupt on her feet

rather than from her seat, that

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would be good. Emily Thornberry.

I

need to correct the record to say

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that I've never thought it was a

good idea to invite the president of

1:06:021:06:06

the United States to the United

Kingdom. I got the invitation was

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issued in undue haste and once it

had been issued, it's very difficult

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to withdraw it.

The Foreign

Secretary is beetling into the box.

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If the right honourable gentleman

wishes to stand up at the box, we

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are happy to hear it.

I am not sure

in order. I must redirect the Right

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Honourable Lady to her words on the

14th of May 2017 on the Andrew Marr

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programme in which you said, "I

think we have to welcome the

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American president to Britain. We

have to welcome him."

Order. I think

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honour is served. The Shadow Foreign

Secretary has offered us hope and

1:06:541:06:58

the Foreign Secretary with some

alacrity has Beatles back to the box

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in order to respond and I think

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