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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 January 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Asylum: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reasons the Supporting the asylum dispersal scheme invitation for funding published on 23 November 2017, issued jointly by his Department and the Home Office is not open to equivalent asylum dispersal local authorities in other regions and constituent parts of the UK; and if she will make a statement.
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Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 15 January 2018

The Government is providing funding of up to £2.5 million from the local services element of the Controlling Migration Fund (CMF) which is administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

The funding made available for this scheme comes from an existing MHCLG budget; it is not new funding. Therefore Barnett consequentials do not apply.

The Government has no plans or remit to extend the scheme to local authorities in the devolved nations, which have their own funding arrangements in this area including through the Immigration Enforcement part of the CMF.

Funding is available for 2018/19 and the Government intends to publish its plans for the national evaluation of the scheme in due course. We expect all participating local authorities to contribute to the evaluation exercise so that lessons can be learned to inform the new arrangements for asylum seeker support from 2019.

Grouped Questions: 121909 | 121910 | 121911 | 121913
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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
Asked on: 10 January 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Asylum: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to extend the Supporting the asylum dispersal scheme, or an alternative scheme, to local authorities in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales.
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Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 15 January 2018

The Government is providing funding of up to £2.5 million from the local services element of the Controlling Migration Fund (CMF) which is administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

The funding made available for this scheme comes from an existing MHCLG budget; it is not new funding. Therefore Barnett consequentials do not apply.

The Government has no plans or remit to extend the scheme to local authorities in the devolved nations, which have their own funding arrangements in this area including through the Immigration Enforcement part of the CMF.

Funding is available for 2018/19 and the Government intends to publish its plans for the national evaluation of the scheme in due course. We expect all participating local authorities to contribute to the evaluation exercise so that lessons can be learned to inform the new arrangements for asylum seeker support from 2019.

Grouped Questions: 121908 | 121910 | 121911 | 121913
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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 January 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Asylum: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Supporting the asylum dispersal scheme will result in Barnett consequentials for the devolved governments in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland and (c)Wales.
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Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 15 January 2018

The Government is providing funding of up to £2.5 million from the local services element of the Controlling Migration Fund (CMF) which is administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

The funding made available for this scheme comes from an existing MHCLG budget; it is not new funding. Therefore Barnett consequentials do not apply.

The Government has no plans or remit to extend the scheme to local authorities in the devolved nations, which have their own funding arrangements in this area including through the Immigration Enforcement part of the CMF.

Funding is available for 2018/19 and the Government intends to publish its plans for the national evaluation of the scheme in due course. We expect all participating local authorities to contribute to the evaluation exercise so that lessons can be learned to inform the new arrangements for asylum seeker support from 2019.

Grouped Questions: 121908 | 121909 | 121911 | 121913
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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 January 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Asylum: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if she will publish details of her plans for the national evaluation exercise of the Supporting the asylum dispersal scheme including but not limited to (a) whether and (b) in what ways evidence from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales will be collated and applied in the pilot to inform the new arrangements for asylum seeker support across the UK from 2019.
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Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 15 January 2018

The Government is providing funding of up to £2.5 million from the local services element of the Controlling Migration Fund (CMF) which is administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

The funding made available for this scheme comes from an existing MHCLG budget; it is not new funding. Therefore Barnett consequentials do not apply.

The Government has no plans or remit to extend the scheme to local authorities in the devolved nations, which have their own funding arrangements in this area including through the Immigration Enforcement part of the CMF.

Funding is available for 2018/19 and the Government intends to publish its plans for the national evaluation of the scheme in due course. We expect all participating local authorities to contribute to the evaluation exercise so that lessons can be learned to inform the new arrangements for asylum seeker support from 2019.

Grouped Questions: 121908 | 121909 | 121910 | 121913
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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 January 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Asylum: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which local authorities in England will be eligible to apply for the Supporting the asylum dispersal scheme; what criteria determines eligibility; which local authorities applied for the scheme by its deadline of 21 December 2017; what the outcome is of such applications; what the contractual requirements on local authorities are in terms of refused asylum seekers, and if she will make a statement.
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Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 15 January 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government invited local authorities with the highest numbers of asylum seekers receiving Government support to apply to the scheme. Ten local authorities applied by the 21 December 2017 deadline – Bradford, Coventry, Kirklees, Leeds, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Wolverhampton. Additional applications have been received from Birmingham and Sandwell. Successful local authorities will be notified in due course.

Participating local authorities are expected to work with asylum seekers awaiting a decision and make them aware of the support available once a decision has been made, as well as preparing them for the consequences of a negative decision by supporting a voluntary return to their home countries.

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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 January 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Asylum: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding the Government is providing for the Supporting the asylum dispersal scheme; and for how long his Department plans to provide such funding.
A
Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 15 January 2018

The Government is providing funding of up to £2.5 million from the local services element of the Controlling Migration Fund (CMF) which is administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

The funding made available for this scheme comes from an existing MHCLG budget; it is not new funding. Therefore Barnett consequentials do not apply.

The Government has no plans or remit to extend the scheme to local authorities in the devolved nations, which have their own funding arrangements in this area including through the Immigration Enforcement part of the CMF.

Funding is available for 2018/19 and the Government intends to publish its plans for the national evaluation of the scheme in due course. We expect all participating local authorities to contribute to the evaluation exercise so that lessons can be learned to inform the new arrangements for asylum seeker support from 2019.

Grouped Questions: 121908 | 121909 | 121910 | 121911
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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 05 January 2018
Home Office
Asylum
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incoming Dublin III regulation requests were received by the UK in 2017.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 11 January 2018

The Dublin III Regulation is a long-standing mechanism between EU Member States to determine responsibility for examining asylum claims. It is not an application route for transfer to the UK. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, regularly publishes Member State figures, which can be found at:

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Asylum_quarterly_report.

Grouped Questions: 121357 | 121358 | 121359
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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 05 January 2018
Home Office
Asylum
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which three countries made the most Dublin III regulation requests to the UK in 2017; and how many such requests were made by each of those countries.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 11 January 2018

The Dublin III Regulation is a long-standing mechanism between EU Member States to determine responsibility for examining asylum claims. It is not an application route for transfer to the UK. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, regularly publishes Member State figures, which can be found at:

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Asylum_quarterly_report.

Grouped Questions: 121356 | 121358 | 121359
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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 05 January 2018
Home Office
Asylum
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incoming Dublin III regulation requests based on Article 16 Regulation 604/2013 relating to the dependent persons clause were received by the UK in 2017.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 11 January 2018

The Dublin III Regulation is a long-standing mechanism between EU Member States to determine responsibility for examining asylum claims. It is not an application route for transfer to the UK. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, regularly publishes Member State figures, which can be found at:

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Asylum_quarterly_report.

Grouped Questions: 121356 | 121357 | 121359
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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 05 January 2018
Home Office
Asylum
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incoming Dublin III regulation requests based on the discretionary clause pursuant to Article 17(2) Regulation 604/2013 (“humanitarian clause”) were received by the UK in 2017.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 11 January 2018

The Dublin III Regulation is a long-standing mechanism between EU Member States to determine responsibility for examining asylum claims. It is not an application route for transfer to the UK. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, regularly publishes Member State figures, which can be found at:

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Asylum_quarterly_report.

Grouped Questions: 121356 | 121357 | 121358
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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 08 January 2018
Home Office
Asylum
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incoming Dublin III regulation requests were received by the UK in 2017 broken down by responsibility criterion under Chapter III Regulation 604/2013.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 11 January 2018

The Dublin III Regulation is a long-standing mechanism between EU Member States to determine responsibility for examining asylum claims. It is not an application route for transfer to the UK. At present we do not publish data on cases covered by the Dublin Regulation. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, regularly publishes Member State figures, which can be found at:

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Asylum_quarterly_report.

The Commission has data up to, and including 2016. This shows the UK processed over 6,000 Dublin requests in 2016: over 4,200 outgoing requests to other Member States and almost 1,800 incoming requests. 2017 data is not yet available.

Under the Dublin III Regulation, Member States have two months from receiving a request from another participating Member State to accept or reject responsibility for processing the asylum claim.

Once a Dublin request has been accepted (or legal matters have been resolved), the Regulation provides that the sending Member State has six months to enact the transfer. The Home Office works closely with EU Member State partners to enact transfers as soon as possible and ahead of the six month timeframe.

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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
Asked on: 04 December 2017
HM Treasury
Revenue and Customs: Security Guards
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons HMRC is seeking to outsource security at its offices rather than utilising a directly employed workforce.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 12 December 2017

HMRC’s security arrangements are made up of a number of elements including an Access Control Service. Contractors already provide this service at the majority of HMRC sites with these arrangements. The engagement of a specialist security supplier at all sites will provide HMRC with a consistent, standardised and responsive Access Control Service that will safeguard people, information and assets through a readily available, industry standard trained, specialist security workforce. The flexibility of the service will also enable HMRC to meet future service standards effectively.

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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
Asked on: 04 December 2017
HM Treasury
Revenue and Customs: Security Guards
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has, with the full involvement HMRC workers and trade unions, to (a) refine the new access control service standard, (b) review pilot arrangements at Ruskin Square, Croydon, (c) complete a full equality impact assessment, (d) complete a full people impact assessment and (e) conduct health and safety risk impact assessments for the new access control service standard before any security posts are outsourced at HMRC offices.
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Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 12 December 2017

HMRC is committed to ongoing consultation over the following:

  • Staff and Trade Union involvement in the further refinement of the Access Control Service Standard based on regular reviews and informed by experience, including lessons learnt from the pilot arrangements at Ruskin Square Croydon.

  • Further consultation on the ongoing development of the Equality and People Impact Assessments and the Health and Safety risk impact assessments.

    HMRC is committed to working with its staff and Departmental Trade Unions to build a support package for the people impacted by the introduction of a revised Access Control Service.

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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
Asked on: 07 November 2017
Home Office
Strategic Migration Partnerships: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding her Department allocated to the strategic migration partnerships in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 04 December 2017

The Home Office publishes data on all monthly spending, including grant payments to local authorities, in excess of £25,000. This data can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/home-office-spending

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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
Asked on: 06 November 2017
Home Office
Grenfell Tower: Fires
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications have been received each week for discretionary leave to remain as a survivor or other individual directly affected by the Grenfell Tower fire since 5 July 2017.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 16 November 2017

The dedicated Grenfell immigration policy is a targeted scheme that we expect to benefit a limited number of people.
We have plans to publish statistics on the Grenfell immigration policy in due course and will not be providing updates on numbers in the meantime.

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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
Asked on: 06 November 2017
Home Office
Grenfell Tower: Fires
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of people who are entitled to discretionary leave to remain as a survivor or other individual directly affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 15 November 2017

The dedicated Grenfell immigration policy is a targeted scheme that we expect to benefit a limited number of people. The welfare of survivors is our greatest priority and we have extended the operation of the policy until 30 November to give those who think they might be eligible an additional opportunity to come forward.

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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
Asked on: 07 November 2017
Home Office
Strategic Migration Partnerships
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what tasks each strategic migration partnership are funded to undertake.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 15 November 2017

The Regional Strategic Migration Partnerships are each funded by the Home Office to coordinate, support and deliver participation in the asylum dispersal scheme; the refugee resettlement schemes; the national transfer scheme for unaccompanied asylum seeking children; and to coordinate the provision of ESOL training for eligible migrants.

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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 November 2017
Department of Health
Endoscopy: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many more NHS endoscopies will be performed annually by 2020 by the clinical endoscopists being trained through the accelerated training programme.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 13 November 2017

Health Education England estimate that the additional 200 clinical endoscopists being trained through the accelerated training programme will result in approximately 225,000 additional procedures a year.

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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 November 2017
Department of Health
Endoscopy: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical endoscopists have been trained as part of the accelerated training programme.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 13 November 2017

To date, 48 clinical endoscopists have completed Health Education England’s (HEE) accelerated training programme, of which 17 completed training in 2017. A further 40 clinical endoscopists are currently in training across two cohorts and are due to complete the programme in December 2017 and April 2018.

HEE plan a further three cohort intakes in 2018.

Training of endoscopists outside of England is a matter for each of the devolved administrations in that country.

Grouped Questions: 111917 | 111942
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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 November 2017
Department of Health
Endoscopy: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical endoscopy cohorts have completed training in 2017 as part of the accelerated training programme.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 13 November 2017

To date, 48 clinical endoscopists have completed Health Education England’s (HEE) accelerated training programme, of which 17 completed training in 2017. A further 40 clinical endoscopists are currently in training across two cohorts and are due to complete the programme in December 2017 and April 2018.

HEE plan a further three cohort intakes in 2018.

Training of endoscopists outside of England is a matter for each of the devolved administrations in that country.

Grouped Questions: 111916 | 111942
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