Gareth Thomas MP

From Harrow, For Harrow.

Sri Lanka Questions 2011

Sri Lanka Questions 2011

 

Sri Lanka
Asked by: Thomas, Gareth (Harrow West)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which occasions the British ambassador to Sri Lanka or his senior staff have met hon. Members in Sri Lanka in each month since May 2010; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by: Burt, Alistair | Department: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

 Hon. Members visit our global network of posts frequently and we do not hold a central record of meetings. Our high commission in Sri Lanka confirms the following meetings: October 2010"A delegation from the UK Commonwealth Parliamentary Association that included the hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Mrs Grant); the hon. Member for Wimbledon (Stephen Hammond); the hon. Member for Southend West (Mr Amess); the right hon. Member for Torfaen (Paul Murphy); and the hon. Member for East Lothian (Fiona O'Donnell)."February 2011"The hon. Member for Cities of London and Westminster (Mark Field);""The hon. Member for Romford (Andrew Rosindell);""The hon. Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann)."July 2011"The right hon. Member for North Somerset (Dr Fox)."October 2011"The hon. Member for The Wrekin (Mark Pritchard)."I also visited Sri Lanka on an official visit in February 2011.
 
08 Nov 2011 | Written questions | Answered | House of Commons | 78211 | 535 c163W
 

Asylum 
Asked by: Thomas, Gareth (Harrow West)
 
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed Tamil asylum seekers have been returned to Sri Lanka in each month since May 2010; and if she will make a statement.

Answered by: Green, Damian | Department: Home Office
 
The UK Border Agency does not record specific data regarding an individual's ethnicity.The information can be provided only at disproportionate cost as it would require a manual search of individual case files.The UK Border Agency can identify that between 1 May 2010 and 30 September 2011, 573 failed asylum seekers have been returned to Sri Lanka.

02 Nov 2011 | Written questions | Answered | House of Commons | 77341 | 534 c638W

 
Asylum
Asked by: Thomas, Gareth (Harrow West)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency (UKBA) flights to Sri Lanka there have been in each month since May 2010; how many failed Tamil asylum seekers were on each flight; how many are still in contact with UKBA or other Government representatives; and if she will make a statement.
 
Answered by: Green, Damian | Department: Home Office

Where a person is found not to be in need of international protection and they have no other lawful basis to remain in the UK, we expect them to leave the country. We would prefer such people leave voluntarily and we provide a number of comprehensive schemes to assist them with doing so, but if they fail to leave, we will enforce their departure.Most people whose removal is being enforced leave on scheduled flights, but in the case of Sri Lanka, the UK Border Agency has also chartered two flights, one in June 2011 returning 26 people and a second in September 2011 returning 50. These were Sri Lankan nationals; the UK Border Agency only keeps records of nationality rather than ethnicity.We monitor the conditions in countries across the world closely and only seek to return people where it is safe to do so and it would not put the UK in breach of its international obligations. The UK Border Agency does not routinely monitor the treatment of individual subjects once they are removed from the UK given they have been found not to be in need of international protection. However, in the case of Sri Lanka, we currently provide those being returned with the contact details of the high commission in Colombo.

 01 Nov 2011 | Written questions | Answered | House of Commons | 77340 | 534 c492W

 
Sri Lanka: Human Rights
Asked by: Thomas, Gareth (Harrow West)
 
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received reports of human rights abuses committed against those of Tamil origin in Sri Lanka since May 2010; and if he will make a statement.
Answered by: Burt, Alistair | Department: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

We continue to have concerns about human rights in Sri Lanka. These are detailed in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights and Democracy Report 2010 where Sri Lanka is listed as a country of concern. Our high commission in Colombo continues to monitor the situation.We consistently raise our concerns with the Sri Lankan Government, most recently when I spoke to the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister on 20 October. We also regularly urge the Sri Lankan Government to improve the human rights situation for vulnerable groups, to investigate incidents and to prosecute those responsible.

 
Sri Lanka: Prisoners
Asked by: Thomas, Gareth (Harrow West)
 
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of reports of deaths among Tamil prisoners detained in Anuradhapura prison, Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.
 
Answered by: Burt, Alistair | Department: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

We were concerned to hear about the recent prison riots, which led to the death of one Sinhalese prisoner and the injury of other prisoners. There is no suggestion that the riots were ethnically driven. We understand that the Sri Lankan authorities are looking into the causes of the riots. Our high commission has discussed the need to expedite the hearing of cases and overcrowded prison conditions with the Sri Lankan Government.

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