Lauding the strength and resolve of the international community in supporting Ukraine, as demonstrated by the G7, the Prime Minister will make the case for longer range weapons to be supplied to their armed forces. He is also expected to reiterate his offer of UK support to countries able to provide jets to Ukraine to help in the immediate conflict. The capability step change underlines the Prime Minister’s push to help Ukraine seize a window of opportunity to push back Russian forces and help Ukraine defend and regain territory for the long term. The Prime Minister raised the possible provision of the longer range weapons with President Zelenksyy during his visit to the UK earlier this month. Joined by his wife, Akshata Murty, the Prime Minister will also hang a blue and yellow wreath on the No10 door.
Your government has a mandate and a majority and only this week Parliament was passing important financial services legislation. For without efficient and effective capital markets we cannot hope to exploit the potential of the others. My view is simple: if we can’t be globally effective in financial services, we should all go home now. It’s these steps – and more - that show we mean it when we say financial services need to deliver for everyone. We want to do everything we can to ensure that UK financial services are at the forefront of technological advancements.1 month ago GOV.UK
To this day, it remains the largest loss of life in a single incident in Northern Ireland. The Omagh bombing has been subject to a number of investigations, both immediately after the event and in subsequent years. In 2013, my Rt Hon Friend, the Member for Chipping Barnet, decided not to establish a public inquiry into the Omagh bombing. My Rt Honourable Friend’s decision regarding the holding of a public inquiry was made in light of the situation as it was at that time. The 2008 Gibson Review of the Omagh bombing did not have such statutory powers, meaning that Sir Peter Gibson had no means of compelling witness testimony.1 month ago GOV.UK
Home Secretary Suella Braverman has reaffirmed her department’s commitment to the Windrush generation, whilst hosting her first formal meeting with the Windrush Cross-Government Working Group. The Windrush Working Group was set up in June 2020 and brings together stakeholders and community leaders with senior representatives from several government departments. The Home Secretary reiterated her commitment to ensure those affected receive the compensation they deserve and that the department she leads learns the lessons of Windrush. Bishop Derek Webley, co-chair of the Windrush Working Group said:The Home Secretary has made clear that she’s committed to working with us on these vitally important issues. The group has been integral to driving improvements to the Windrush Compensation Scheme, culminating in its overhaul in December 2020, when the minimum payment was raised from £250 to £10,000.2 months ago GOV.UK
Bosnia and Herzegovina assumes the role just under eleven months following Russia’s unprovoked, premeditated and barbaric full-scale invasion of Ukraine. An invasion which blatantly disregards the OSCE principles and commitments that we all freely signed up to. Mr Chair, no one can deny the Belarusian regime is an active supporter of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. The UK’s new WPS National Action Plan, being launched early this year, will respond to the new global context, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. I wish to conclude by welcoming our colleagues from Bosnia and Herzegovina as FSC Chair this trimester.2 months ago GOV.UK
The freight innovation fund ( FIF ) will go to up to 36 small and medium-sized enterprises ( SMEs ). Roads Minister Richard Holden said:Our freight industry is vital to underpinning the economy and keeps Britain moving, so it is crucial we invest in new innovations to make it greener and quicker. The innovation fund was announced last year within the government’s future of freight plan, the first-ever cross-modal and cross-government plan for the UK freight transport sector. The fund will look to support ideas and tech addressing, in particular, 3 long-standing issues in the freight sector. Today, we are delighted to be working with Department for Transport to launch this freight innovation fund as part of their future of freight strategy.2 months ago GOV.UK
From today (1 January 2023) until 31 March 2023, over 130 bus operators outside of London will charge no more than £2 for their single tickets across over 4,600 routes, helping families, commuters and other passengers save money on travel. With the average single bus fare for a 3-mile journey costing around £2.80 outside London, passengers will save almost a third of the single ticket price, with even bigger savings in some rural areas where tickets can reach over £5. The initiative encourages people to get back on the bus to help the industry continue its recovery from the pandemic. That’s why we’re investing £60 million to encourage everyone to hop on the bus and ‘Get Around for £2’. The government will continue to work closely with bus operators and local authorities and consider future support to help passengers continue accessing reliable and affordable bus services after March.2 months ago GOV.UK
As we’ve heard, in the midst of one of the harshest winters on record, two thirds of Afghanistan’s population face severe hunger. While 97 percent of Afghans are in poverty, two thirds in dire humanitarian need, the priority is for aid to reach those in need. We’ve heard from the chair of the 1988 committee of the deteriorating security situation, and Ms. Seraj endorsed that point. We’ve heard of Al-Qeada, ISIL-K, Da’esh –– members of this Council have suffered from terrorist attacks in Afghanistan. The Taliban is manifestly failing to live up to its commitments and to meet the needs of the Afghan people for prosperity, peace and security.3 months ago GOV.UK