Foreign and Commonwealth Office Questions and Answers (January, February 2016)
Q. Asked by Andy Slaughter
Asked on: 22 January 2016
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Trade Promotion: United Arab Emirates
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which companies received funding under the Tradeshow Access Programme to attend the Dubai security fair.
A. Answered by: Anna Soubry
Answered on: 02 February 2016
59 businesses have applied for Tradeshow Access Programme funding in support of their exhibiting costs at the Dubai security fair 2016. Funding will not be issued to the applicants until there is confirmation of attendance and eligibility for support. A list of supported business will be made available once they have received their funding.
Q. Asked by Hilary Benn
Asked on: 14 April 2016
Foreign and Commonwealth Office United Arab Emirates: Torture 33947 To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of compliance by the United Arab Emirates with international treaties and norms on the use of torture.
A Answered by: Mr Philip Hammond
Answered on: 19 April 2016
The British Government consistently and unreservedly condemns torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and it is a priority for us to combat it wherever and whenever it occurs. We are aware of recent allegations made against the United Arab Emirates and we have expressed our concerns to the authorities, including our expectation that all cases will be thoroughly investigated in line with international standards. During those representations the United Arab Emirates confirmed that they are committed to investigating any allegations of mistreatment. The United Arab Emirates are a State Party to the Convention against Torture.