The FCO's human rights work in 2013 - Foreign Affairs Committee Contents


Formal Minutes


Tuesday 11 November 2014

Members present:

Sir Richard Ottaway, in the Chair
Mr John Baron

Sir Menzies Campbell

Ann Clwyd

Mike Gapes

Sandra Osborne

Sir John Stanley

Nadhim Zahawi

Draft Report (The FCO's human rights work in 2013), proposed by the Chair, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 12 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 13 read.

An Amendment made.

Another Amendment proposed, to leave out from "Rajab" in line 21 to the end of the paragraph, and to add "Elections for the lower house of the National Assembly will be held in November 2014 on new more representative constituency boundaries. There will be about 400 candidates including 48 women. However the main Shia Al Wefaq opposition party is calling for a boycott of these elections. Although there has been some progress in implementing political reform and safeguarding human rights, we believe that the FCO should continue to focus attention on the situation in Bahrain and to press for the full implementation of the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry".—(Mike Gapes.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 3

Sir Menzies Campbell

Mike Gapes

Nadhim Zahawi

Noes, 4

Mr John Baron

Ann Clwyd

Sandra Osborne

Sir John Stanley

Question accordingly negatived.

Paragraph, as amended, agreed to.

Paragraphs 14 to 16 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 17 read.

Amendments made.

Another Amendment proposed, in line 9, to leave out the words "democratic and".—(Ann Clwyd.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 0

Noes, 6

Mr John Baron

Sir Menzies Campbell

Mike Gapes

Sandra Osborne

Sir John Stanley

Nadhim Zahawi

Question accordingly negatived.

Paragraph, as amended, agreed to.

Paragraphs 18 to 38 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 39 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 40 to 44 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 45 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 46 to 63 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 64 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 65 and 66 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 67 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 68 to 70 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 71 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 72 to 75 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 76 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 77 to 98 read and agreed to.

Summary read.

An Amendment made.

Another Amendment proposed, in line 16, at end, to add the words "We believe that the Government should play a more prominent part in helping to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Bedouin community".—(Ann Clwyd.)

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Summary, as amended, agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Sixth Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chair make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the following written evidence be reported to the House for publication on the internet:

  Supplementary evidence from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (HRS 0036)

  Supplementary evidence from Professor Malcolm Evans, University of Bristol (HRS 0037)

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 134.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 18 November at 1.45 pm


 
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