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(Dover)
Asked on: 14 February 2019
Home Office
UK-France Migration Committee
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12th February to Question 218262 on UK-France Migration Committee, for what reason the dates and locations of those meetings were not provided in the answer.
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Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 09 September 2019

As previously advised in the response to Question 218262, the UK-France Migration Committee meets on a bi-monthly basis and is hosted alternately by the UK Home Office and French Interior Ministry. It is not Home Office policy to release detailed information on meetings that ministers and/or officials attend


As regards payments to the French Government, no additional payments have been made beyond those detailed in the response to Question 217548, dated 12th February 2019.

Grouped Questions: 221671
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(Dover)
Asked on: 14 February 2019
Home Office
Human Trafficking and Immigration: France
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2019 to Question 217548 on Human Trafficking and Immigration: France, whether any other payments in cash or kind have been made to France in connection with (a) border security, (b) infrastructure and (c) countering organised crime and people trafficking in addition to those set out in that answer.
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Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 09 September 2019

As previously advised in the response to Question 218262, the UK-France Migration Committee meets on a bi-monthly basis and is hosted alternately by the UK Home Office and French Interior Ministry. It is not Home Office policy to release detailed information on meetings that ministers and/or officials attend


As regards payments to the French Government, no additional payments have been made beyond those detailed in the response to Question 217548, dated 12th February 2019.

Grouped Questions: 221662
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(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 25 February 2019
Home Office
Firearms and Knives: Haringey
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the number of incidents involving (a) knives and (b) firearms in the London Borough of Haringey for 2018.
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Corrected answer by: Kit Malthouse
Corrected on: 09 September 2019
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 05 March 2019.
The correct answer should have been:

The information requested is not collected centrally.

The Home Office collects data on the number of offences involving knives or firearms recorded by the police in England and Wales at the Police Force Area level but not at local authority level.

Information on offences involving knives / sharp instruments or firearms by Police Force Area can be found in the Offences involving the use of weapons data tables published by the Office for National Statistics, available here:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/offencesinvolvingtheuseofweaponsdatatables

The information requested is not collected centrally.

The Home Office collects data on the number of offences involving knives or firearms recorded by the police in England and Wales at the Police Force Area level but not at local authority level.

Information on offences involving knives / sharp instruments or firearms by Police Force Area can be found in the Offences involving the use of weapons data tables published by the Office for National Statistics, available here:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/offencesinvolvingtheuseofweaponsdatatables

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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 05 March 2019

The information requested is not collected centrally.

The Home Office collects data on the number of offences involving knives or firearms recorded by the police in England and Wales at the Police Force Area level but not at local authority level.

Information on offences involving knives / sharp instruments or firearms by Police Force Area can be found in the Offences involving the use of weapons data tables published by the Office for National Statistics, available here:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/offencesinvolvingtheuseofweaponsdatatables

The information requested is not collected centrally.

The Home Office collects data on the number of offences involving knives or firearms recorded by the police in England and Wales at the Police Force Area level but not at local authority level.

Information on offences involving knives / sharp instruments or firearms by Police Force Area can be found in the Offences involving the use of weapons data tables published by the Office for National Statistics, available here:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/offencesinvolvingtheuseofweaponsdatatables

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(Liverpool, Wavertree)
[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: 29 April 2019
Home Office
Surveillance: Cameras
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what date the updated guidelines for the Surveillance Camera Code of Conduct will be published.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Government committed in the Home Office Biometrics Strategy 2018 to review the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice and it will be updated in due course.

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Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
[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: 18 June 2019
Home Office
Visas: Africa
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which UK visa application centres in Africa were closed between 2017 and 2019.
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Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 09 September 2019

UK Visas & Immigration closed no Visa Application Centres in Africa between 2017 and 2019. However, in the same period we opened additional centres in Kenya (Mombasa), Morocco (Casablanca) and Algeria (Oran). We have also introduced an annual Visa Application Centre in the Seychelles for our customers applying for student visas.

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Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 03 July 2019
Home Office
Home Office: Overtime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the amount of unpaid overtime worked by staff in his Department in the last 24 months.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Information about additional hours worked by staff is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. Flexible work arrangements are available for staff to work outside core hours when necessary, e.g. flexi time, time off in lieu or for operational units Annualised Hours Work as an alternative to overtime. However, these arrangements are processed and monitored locally.

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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
Asked on: 16 July 2019
Home Office
Stop and Search: Merseyside
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the stop and search powers available to Merseyside Police officers who suspect an individual of carrying a knife.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Stop and search is a vital policing tool when used correctly and officers have the Government's full support to use these powers in a way that is fair, lawful and effective.

Under Section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, the police in England and Wales have the power to stop and search someone if they have reasonable grounds to suspect they are in possession of an offensive weapon, including a bladed article - such as a knife.

Under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, the police in England and Wales have the power to put in place temporary “no-suspicion” stop and search zones – if they reasonably believe that incidents involving serious violence may take place in that locality during that time period. When this power is authorised, police can search anyone within that area without requiring reasonable grounds to search each person.

In March 2019, the Government announced that it would roll back additional controls on the use of Section 60 powers to make it easier for officers in seven forces, including Merseyside Police, to authorise this power – to help forces further target the recent increases in serious violence.

Whilst it is important for the police to have the right powers, they also need the resources to use them. This is why we are also supporting police with additional funding. On 13 March 2019 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a £100 million fund to tackle serious violence. £63.4 million of this funding has already been allocated to 18 police forces, including Merseyside Police which received £4.2 million, to support surge operational activity, such as increased patrols.

This money is already being put to good use. The BBC recently reported that Merseyside had recovered 14 knives in a single week following stop and searches.

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Asked by Jo Swinson
(East Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Home Office
Drugs: Organised Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people involved in the criminal exploitation of vulnerable young people in county lines operations have been charged with modern slavery offences.
A
Corrected answer by: Victoria Atkins
Corrected on: 09 September 2019
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 09 September 2019.
The correct answer should have been:

It is important that the police and local agencies have the powers they need to tackle local issues quickly and effectively. That is why we reformed the tools and powers available to tackle Anti-Social behaviour through the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.In 2019/20 Lancashire Police are receiving £285.1 million of funding, an increase of £18.4 million, on 2018/19. Funding for 2020-21 for individual forces will be announced as part of the provisional police settlement later this year. Decisions about the allocation of police resources are for Chief Constables and democratically accountable Police and Crime Commissioners, who are best placed to meet the needs of their local community.

The police and Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) are responsible for charging decisions with regards to county lines related criminality. The key is that prosecutions are brought, and the charges should cover the full range of criminality involved including Modern Slavery offences.We are working with the police and the CPS to take full advantage of powers in the Modern Slavery Act when making charging decisions against county line gang members. The CPS have issued an overview of the approach to be taken in criminal investigations and prosecutions linked to ‘county lines’ offending, with a particular focus on the relevance of the Modern Slavery Act.

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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It is important that the police and local agencies have the powers they need to tackle local issues quickly and effectively. That is why we reformed the tools and powers available to tackle Anti-Social behaviour through the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.In 2019/20 Lancashire Police are receiving £285.1 million of funding, an increase of £18.4 million, on 2018/19. Funding for 2020-21 for individual forces will be announced as part of the provisional police settlement later this year. Decisions about the allocation of police resources are for Chief Constables and democratically accountable Police and Crime Commissioners, who are best placed to meet the needs of their local community.

The police and Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) are responsible for charging decisions with regards to county lines related criminality. The key is that prosecutions are brought, and the charges should cover the full range of criminality involved including Modern Slavery offences.We are working with the police and the CPS to take full advantage of powers in the Modern Slavery Act when making charging decisions against county line gang members. The CPS have issued an overview of the approach to be taken in criminal investigations and prosecutions linked to ‘county lines’ offending, with a particular focus on the relevance of the Modern Slavery Act.

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Asked by Douglas Ross
(Moray)
Asked on: 24 July 2019
Home Office
Emergency Services Network
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff have been employed in the programme team to deliver the Emergency Services Network, in each month since that Network was established.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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Asked by Heidi Allen
(South Cambridgeshire)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Armed Forces: Commonwealth
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has received on the level of visa fees for Commonwealth UK Armed Forces personnel applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain; and if she will (a) review and (b) undertake a public consultation on the current policy.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Home Office has listened closely to representations made by a variety of campaigns and MPs on immigration issues affecting Commonwealth members of HM Forces and their families.We have received recent representations from the Royal British Legion “stop the service charge” and are aware of a public e-petition to waive settlement fees for Commonwealth nationals who served in HM Forces.

While there are no current plans to offer an exemption from paying a settlement fee to former military personnel, this specific area of policy is regularly reviewed. There are no plans to launch a public consultation on the question of waiving settlement fees.

The Home Office remains committed to upholding our obligations under the Armed Forces Covenant. The Home Office, along with all Government Departments, recognises the outstanding service of all members of the Armed Forces, including the many service personnel who are foreign and Commonwealth nationals.

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Asked by Andrew Percy
(Brigg and Goole)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Fraud: Older People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to raise awareness of telephone scams that target elderly people.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Police: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Prime Minister's Downing Street Statement of 24 July 2019, how the additional 20,000 police officers will be distributed to each region.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Grouped Questions: 282445
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(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Police: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Prime Minister's statement of 24 July 2019, how many new police officers will be deployed to (a) London and (b) Haringey.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Grouped Questions: 282444
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Animal Experiments: Licensing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, how many project licences that include the forced swim test as an element of the programme of work (a) are currently in operation and (b) have been approved in each of the past five years; whether the forced swim test has been approved for use within multiple generic projects; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Data are not collected on numbers of project licences that include the forced swim test.

The Home Office ensures that animals are only used when necessary and under strict controls which keep suffering to a minimum. Any research which we licence must undergo a thorough harm-benefit analysis including ensuring that the planned work implements the 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement).

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Asked by Neil Coyle
(Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Domestic Abuse
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is Government policy to bring forward the Domestic Abuse Bill in autumn 2019.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
Asked by Jo Stevens
(Cardiff Central)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
UK Visas and Immigration: Sopra Steria
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what penalties the Government could apply to Sopra Steria if it does not comply with its key performance indicators on the biometrics contract it has with UKVI.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 09 September 2019

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given on the 13th June 2019, UIN 262238

Q
(Birmingham, Edgbaston)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Sikhs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the (a) research and (b) reports that her Department has commissioned and requested on (i) the Sikh community and (ii) Sikh groups and organisations in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
Asked by John Mann
(Bassetlaw)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Football: Money Laundering
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the 92 football league teams have been the subject of money laundering investigations in the last five years; and how many of those investigations are ongoing.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Money laundering investigations are a matter for law enforcement agencies, who are operationally independent.

Q
Asked by Stephen Timms
(East Ham)
[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: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 23 July 2019 on Immigration, HCWS1803, when the review of guidance to ensure the right decisions are being made will be completed: and if she will publish its conclusions.
A
Corrected answer by: Seema Kennedy
Corrected on: 09 September 2019
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 09 September 2019.
The correct answer should have been:

My Department recognises the importance of this issue. The Secretary of State will write to the Rt Hon member with an update when a decision has been made.

New guidance for decision makers is currently being drafted. My expectation is that the guidance, once finalised, will be published on gov.uk

A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 09 September 2019

My Department recognises the importance of this issue. The Secretary of State will write to the Rt Hon member with an update when a decision has been made.

New guidance for decision makers is currently being drafted. My expectation is that the guidance, once finalised, will be published on gov.uk

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Asked by Stephen Timms
(East Ham)
[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: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 23 July 2019 on Immigration, HCWS1803, when the update of operational guidance to ensure no further action is taken in cases where there is no evidence an ETS certificate was used in an immigration application will take effect; and if she will publish that updated guidance.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 09 September 2019

New guidance for decision makers is currently being drafted. My expectation is that the guidance, once finalised, will be published on gov.uk

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the status of EU (a) nationals and (b) doctors working in the UK will be if they do not apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 December 2020.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Individuals working in the UK who are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme but fail to do so by 31 December 2020 in a no-deal EU-exit scenario will not have lawful status under UK immigration legislation. The Government has made clear that we will accept late applications to the scheme from those who have reasonable grounds for missing the deadline.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to make the EU Settlement Scheme App available on Apple devices before the UK's scheduled departure from the EU on 31 October 2019.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

EU citizens make a huge contribution to our economy and society, and we want them to stay. The EU Settlement Scheme enables them to do so. The ‘EU Exit: Identity Document Check’ app is an optional aspect of the service which allows applicants to prove their identity remotely using their biometric identity document and an android smartphone device.


We have been working closely with Apple over a number of months and expect the first IOS version of the EU Settlement Scheme app to be available in October.

Despite this there are numerous ways in which those eligible can apply, including by post.

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Asked by Steve McCabe
(Birmingham, Selly Oak)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Police and Crime Commissioners: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of (a) developing or (b) tasking the College of Policing to develop key performance indicators to evaluate the effectiveness of Police and Crime Commissioners.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Government believes in local policing, accountable to local communities. That is why we abolished all central Government targets and introduced directly-elected and locally accountable Police and Crime Commissioners. They are best placed to make decisions with their communities based on their local knowledge and experience and must defend their records to the public every four years via the ballot box.

Q
(Hyndburn)
[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: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Domestic Abuse: Disclosure of Information
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to review how Clare's Law is implemented by police forces in England and Wales.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Domestic abuse is a devastating crime and the Government is committed to doing everything we can to tackle it.

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS, also known as “Clare’s Law”) was rolled out across all 43 police forces in England and Wales in March 2014, and recent data shows that applications and disclosures made under the scheme are increasing.

In the year ending March 2018, there were a total of 5,649 disclosures made under the scheme, representing a 66% increase on the previous year. In the year ending March 2018, applications under the “Right to Know” element of the scheme increased by 47%, and “Right to Ask” applications increased by 111%.

We will continue to work with the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the College of Policing to ensure that the DVDS and the guidance underpinning it are being used consistently and effectively to prevent harm and to keep potential victims of domestic abuse and their families safe.

Q
Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Domestic Abuse: Males
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that specialist support services are available to support men experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Domestic abuse is a devastating crime and the Government is committed to doing everything we can to tackle it. We absolutely recognise that domestic abuse affects men as well as women. We have also published a dedicated male victims position statement to recognise the needs of male victims and to clarify and strengthen our response.

We know that victims’ individual needs must be at the centre of service provision, including through an understanding of their gender and sexual orientation, which is why we have provided specific funding just to male victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, including:

  • £500,000 to improve support to male victims of domestic abuse;
  • Funding for the Men’s Advice Line which provides support and advice to male victims of domestic abuse;
  • Funding to Galop which provides advice and support to LGBT populations affected by domestic abuse;
  • Funding for a number of LGBT-focused projects
  • £452,000 from the Ministry of Justice to 12 organisations in England and Wales to provide services for male victims of rape and sexual violence;
  • MoJ has provided £194,000 funding for a national online service for men and £100,000 for the male rape telephone helpline pilot so that male victims of rape and sexual violence are able to access support and information through other channels.

We have also committed to conducting a review of the National Statement of Expectations and its impact on the local commissioning of male support services, and to improving the gender breakdown of Crown Prosecution Service and police data to better understand the numbers of male victims of domestic abuse who engage with the criminal justice system.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of her Department's capacity to register EU nationals who are already in the UK by the end of December 2020, in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

We are fully committed to ensuring that our operational teams have the re-sources they need to run an efficient and effective migration system. In addition to the new technology and processes, we have over 1,500 UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) European Casework staff in post to process applications, along with 250 staff handling calls and emails, helping people with their individual cases.

In the event of the UK leaving the UK without a withdrawal agreement, the EU Settlement Scheme will remain open until at least 31st December 2020 for EEA nationals and their family members resident in the UK at the date of exit. European temporary leave to remain will be granted to EEA and Swiss citizens newly arriving in the UK after exit to live, study and work here for a period longer than three months.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to increase communication with EU nationals on the EU settlement scheme.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It is vital that the over three million EU citizens and their family members living in the UK understand how and when to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

When the scheme launched fully in March, the department delivered a £3.75m marketing campaign to raise awareness of the scheme. More than one million people have now been granted status and EU citizens and their families have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply.

Advertising and local events are underway to support the cross government Get Ready campaign and further publicity will roll out over the lifetime of the Scheme. All available channels will be used to reach our audiences – such as direct marketing, radio, video-on-demand and outdoor advertising, presentations, email updates, toolkits and webinars to name a few – to direct EU citizens towards reliable sources of information on GOV.UK and the application itself.

No-one will be left behind which is why we are also working in partnership with vulnerable group representatives, local authorities and other experts to make sure everyone knows what they need to do and has the right level of support.

Q
Asked by Keith Vaz
(Leicester East)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Police: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Prime Minister's statement of 24 July 2019, what estimate her Department has made of the cost of training new police officers to be established by 2022 in (a) Leicestershire and (b) the UK.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Government has committed to increasing the number of police officers by 20,000 over the next three years. We are committed to giving police the resources, tools and powers they need to tackle the scourge of crime.

The cost of training new officers will vary over time and across forces. The provision of training for police officers and the associated costs are defined locally. It is for local PCCs and Chief Constables to make arrangements for training within their force.

Q
(Birmingham, Edgbaston)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Offensive Weapons Act 2019
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2019 to Question 263876 on Offensive Weapons Act 2019, when the final impact assessment will be published.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 September 2019

We intend to publish the final Impact Assessment to accompany the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 as soon as possible and once our overall assessment of the costs and impacts associated with the measures in the Act has been finalised.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Home Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings her Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It is the duty of any responsible Government to prepare for every eventuality including the scenario that we leave the EU without agreeing a deal.


We are working closely with operational partners - including the police - on contingency planning so we can ensure the safety and security of our citizens in all scenarios.

Q
(Morley and Outwood)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to complete the ratification of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence; and what recent discussions the Government has had with devolved Administrations on the necessary legislative changes to complete the ratification.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Government signed the Istanbul Convention to signal the UK’s strong commitment to tackling violence against women and girls.

The Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Act 2017 requires Ministers to publish annual reports on their progress towards being able to ratify the Convention. The next progress report is due to be published by 1 November 2019. This will, like previous reports, cover measures taken by the devolved administrations.

Following consultation with the Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Department of Justice, the Domestic Abuse Bill includes measures extending the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the criminal courts in Scotland and Northern Ireland (as well as in England and Wales) to certain violent and sexual offences, and provides for a new domestic abuse offence in Northern Ireland. These legislative changes will support ratification of the Convention.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens have been granted settled status in the UK by constituency.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Official statistics – ‘EU Settlement Scheme quarterly statistics, June 2019’ – providing detailed information regarding operation of the scheme were pub-lished on 22 August 2019, including applications received by local authority. These can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/eu-settlement-scheme-quarterly-statistics-june-2019

Information on applications concluded by nationality, age group and UK country are also included.

The fourth monthly summary report EU Settlement Scheme statistics, July 2019 – on the scheme were published on 15 August 2019. These can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/eu-settlement-scheme-statistics-may-2019 and show that as of 31 July 2019, over one million (1,040,600) EU citizens and their families from across the UK have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Grouped Questions: 285295
Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of EU citizens in each constituency who have not yet applied for settled status and need to do so to remain in the UK.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Official statistics – ‘EU Settlement Scheme quarterly statistics, June 2019’ – providing detailed information regarding operation of the scheme were pub-lished on 22 August 2019, including applications received by local authority. These can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/eu-settlement-scheme-quarterly-statistics-june-2019

Information on applications concluded by nationality, age group and UK country are also included.

The fourth monthly summary report EU Settlement Scheme statistics, July 2019 – on the scheme were published on 15 August 2019. These can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/eu-settlement-scheme-statistics-may-2019 and show that as of 31 July 2019, over one million (1,040,600) EU citizens and their families from across the UK have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Grouped Questions: 285294
Q
(Motherwell and Wishaw)
[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: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Post Office: Biometric Residence Permits
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department plans to pay Post Office Ltd to provide Biometric Residence Permit collections from 31 July 2019 to 31 July 2020.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Information relating to the Post Office Biometic contract will be published in due course.

Q
(Stockton South)
[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: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Cleveland Police: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings her Department has had with Cleveland Police on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Home Office has not met directly with Cleveland Police on this matter. However, it is the duty of any responsible Government to prepare for every eventuality including the scenario that we leave the EU without agreeing a deal.


Home Office officials are working closely with the National Police Co-ordination Centre(NPoCC) and with the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) to determine the impact of EU Exit on policing and plan accordingly.

Q
Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Home Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings her Department has had with Leeds City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It is the duty of any responsible Government to prepare for every eventuality including the scenario that we leave the EU without agreeing a deal.


We are working closely with operational partners - including the police - on contingency planning so we can ensure the safety and security of our citizens in all scenarios.

Q
(Hornsey and Wood Green)
[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: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Asylum: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to end the current system of family reunification for asylum-seeking children; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to issue guidance on the European Temporary Leave to Remain immigration system for (a) prospective migrants to the UK and (b) employers.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

When the UK leaves the European Union on 31 October, free movement as it currently stands will end, if the UK leaves without a deal. The details of new immigration arrangements for EU citizens moving to the UK after a no deal Brexit were announced on 4 September (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2019-09-04/HCWS1817/).


To remain in the UK after 2020, EU citizens moving to the UK after a no deal Brexit, and their close family members, will be able to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain. Under this scheme EU citizens will be granted a period of 36 months’ leave to remain in the UK, which will provide them and their employers, with greater confidence and certainty during the transitional period before the new points-based immigration system is introduced from January 2021.

The rights of EU citizens resident in the UK before Brexit are unchanged and will be protected by the status they can obtain under the EU Settlement Scheme, as more than one million of them have already done. They will have at least until 31 December 2020 to make an application under that scheme.

Until the new points-based immigration system is introduced in 2021, EU citizens will be able to prove their right to take up employment, as now, by using their passport or national identity card. Alternatively, those with status under the EU Settlement Scheme or with European Temporary Leave to Remain may choose to use the Home Office on-line checking service to demonstrate their entitlement. When the new points-based immigration system is introduced from January 2021, employers will need to check that, in respect of any new recruitment, an EU citizen has a valid UK immigration status.

Q
Asked by Alex Norris
(Nottingham North)
[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: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24 July 2019 to Question 273830 on Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes, whether his Department plans to consult with (a) National Referral Mechanism support providers and (b) other stakeholders to ensure that his Department's proposed new needs-based system is consistent with legal obligations and sustainable in the longer-term.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Government is committed to stamping out modern slavery and providing victims with the support they need to rebuild their lives.

We are always working to improve our understanding of the complex needs of victims of modern slavery and to improve the support available.

We are continuing our work to embed a needs-based approach to support, and we have engaged with support providers and wider stakeholders in designing a recovery needs assessment. We will continue to seek partners’ feedback as we implement and refine this new approach, alongside other aspects of our reform programme.

Q
Asked by Sarah Jones
(Croydon Central)
[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: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens in London have received (a) settled status and (b) pre-settled status.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Published information on EU Settlement Scheme conclusions by outcome type and UK country can be found in the Home Office’s ‘EU Settlement Scheme quarterly statistics’, quarterly statistics tables, table EUSS_05, available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/826751/eu-settlement-scheme-quarterly-statistics-tables-28-august-2018-to-30-june-2019.ods.

Published information on EU Settlement Scheme applications by region and local authority can be found in the Home Office’s ‘EU Settlement Scheme quarterly statistics’, local authority statistics tables, table EUSS_LA, available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/826752/eu-settlement-scheme-local-authority-statistics-28-august-2018-to-30-june-2019.ods.

The Home Office does not currently publish statistics on EU Settlement Scheme application outcomes by region.

Q
(Hyndburn)
[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: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Antisocial Behaviour: Lancashire
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to allocate additional funding to Lancashire constabulary to tackle anti-social behaviour.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It is important that the police and local agencies have the powers they need to tackle local issues quickly and effectively. That is why we reformed the tools and powers available to tackle Anti-Social Behaviour through the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

In 2019/20 Lancashire Police are receiving £285.1 million of funding, an increase of £18.4 million, on 2018/19. Funding for 2020-21 for individual forces will be announced as part of the provisional police settlement later this year. Decisions about the allocation of police resources are for Chief Constables and democratically accountable Police and Crime Commissioners, who are best placed to meet the needs of their local community.

Q
Asked by Lyn Brown
(West Ham)
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Metropolitan Police: Forensic Science
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of digital forensics capacity within the Metropolitan Police Service.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The day-to-day management of digital forensic services is an operational matter for the police. The Home Office is funding the police-led Transforming Forensics Programme, which will establish a Forensic Capability Network (FCN) to support police forces to manage commercial, quality and scientific issues in forensics.

Grouped Questions: 286183
Q
Asked by Lyn Brown
(West Ham)
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Metropolitan Police: Forensic Science
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of digital forensics capacity within the Metropolitan Police Service on the a) progress of investigations, and b) charge rate.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The day-to-day management of digital forensic services is an operational matter for the police. The Home Office is funding the police-led Transforming Forensics Programme, which will establish a Forensic Capability Network (FCN) to support police forces to manage commercial, quality and scientific issues in forensics.

Grouped Questions: 286182
Q
(Motherwell and Wishaw)
[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: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Asylum: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department paid to Sodexo to provide the Aspen card service in each year for which data is available; and what estimate her Department has made of the future costs of that service.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
(Liverpool, Wavertree)
[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: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Databases: EU Countries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for national security of the end of data sharing with EU member states.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Much of our national security cooperation with our European partners takes place outside EU structures and so is not dependent on our membership. We continue to work intensively with operational partners to ensure that we are ready for any eventuality.

Q
Asked by Mary Glindon
(North Tyneside)
[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: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Visas: Iraq
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to improve the visa application system in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
(Nottingham 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: 04 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will detail the alternative entry requirements facing EU citizens arriving in the UK after 1 November 2019 following her announcement to end freedom of movement from the EU into the UK.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

When the UK leaves the European Union (EU) on 31 October, free movement as it currently stands will end, if the UK leaves without a deal. The details of new immigration arrangements for EU citizens moving to the UK after a no deal Brexit were announced on 4 September (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2019-09-04/HCWS1817/).

Q
(Hyndburn)
[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: 04 September 2019
Home Office
Lancashire Constabulary
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has had discussions with Lancashire Constabulary on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It is the duty of any responsible Governmnet to prepare for every eventuality including the scenario that we leave the EU without agreeing a deal.

We are working closely with operational partners - including the police - on contigency planning so we can ensure the safety and security of our citizens in all scenarios.

Q
(Newport 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: 04 September 2019
Home Office
Visas: Iraq
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) spousal visas were issued and (b) individual family members were granted entry to the UK from Afghanistan to be reunited with a family member that served as an interpreter with the British Armed Forces (i) between 2012 and April 2019 and (ii) since April 2019.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
(Liverpool, Wavertree)
[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: 04 September 2019
Home Office
Disclosure of Information: EU Countries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for national security should cross-border data sharing with the EU end as a result of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Much of our national security cooperation with our European partners takes place outside the EU structures and so is not dependent on our membership. We continue to work intensively with operational partners to ensure that we are ready for any eventuality.

Q
Asked by Ruth Smeeth
(Stoke-on-Trent North)
[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: 04 September 2019
Home Office
Asylum: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure people who are in receipt of Section 4 support are able to cover (a) travel fares which can only be purchased with cash and (b) other upfront travel costs in order to report at Home Office reporting centres.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
Asked by Ruth Smeeth
(Stoke-on-Trent North)
[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: 04 September 2019
Home Office
Asylum: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to ensure reporting frequencies are not excessively (a) burdensome and (b) expensive for people who live in places where the journey to a reporting centre is significant.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
(East Yorkshire)
[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: 04 September 2019
Home Office
Community Speedwatch
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the level of resources allocated to community speed watch schemes; how many of those schemes have been set up in each police force area; what assessment he has made of the value for money of those schemes; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Decisions on the level of resources allocated and when to adopt these schemes are operational matters for individual Police and Crime Commisioners and Chief Constables in conjuction with local policing plans. They are best placed to understand how to meet the needs of local communuties.

Q
Asked by Douglas Ross
(Moray)
Asked on: 24 July 2019
Home Office
Airwave Service and Emergency Services Network: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria his Department plans to use to allow police forces to assess the comparative performance of Emergency Services Network and Airwave.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 06 September 2019

The Home Department has already committed to respond to the Hon. Member for Moray and the Home Affairs Select Committee in writing on this issue, within the required timescale.

Q
(Don Valley)
Asked on: 24 July 2019
Home Office
Detention Centres: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to provide mental health support to immigration removal centre staff.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 06 September 2019

The Home Office is committed to ensuring that our immigration removal cen-tre (IRC) suppliers provide a high level of service to detainees while also providing value for money to the taxpayer. With regards to our suppliers’ staff, we require all our suppliers to put systems in place to fulfil a duty of care to their employees to ensure the wellbeing and resilience of their staff throughout their tenure in the IRC.

In line with other contractual agreements, IRC suppliers are required to meet set service standards, including ensuring minimum staffing levels are met.

The new contract to manage the IRCs at Gatwick will set high expectations for the quality of management and staffing in key elements of the estate.

Information on numbers of IRC staff is not centrally recorded in the format requested.

Grouped Questions: 281600 | 281601 | 281602 | 281603
Q
(Don Valley)
Asked on: 24 July 2019
Home Office
Detention Centres: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to provide support to individuals employed in immigration removal centres who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 06 September 2019

The Home Office is committed to ensuring that our immigration removal cen-tre (IRC) suppliers provide a high level of service to detainees while also providing value for money to the taxpayer. With regards to our suppliers’ staff, we require all our suppliers to put systems in place to fulfil a duty of care to their employees to ensure the wellbeing and resilience of their staff throughout their tenure in the IRC.

In line with other contractual agreements, IRC suppliers are required to meet set service standards, including ensuring minimum staffing levels are met.

The new contract to manage the IRCs at Gatwick will set high expectations for the quality of management and staffing in key elements of the estate.

Information on numbers of IRC staff is not centrally recorded in the format requested.

Grouped Questions: 281599 | 281601 | 281602 | 281603
Q
(Don Valley)
Asked on: 24 July 2019
Home Office
Detention Centres: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people employed in immigration removal centres were signed off work as a result of mental health illnesses in each of the last 10 years.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 06 September 2019

The Home Office is committed to ensuring that our immigration removal cen-tre (IRC) suppliers provide a high level of service to detainees while also providing value for money to the taxpayer. With regards to our suppliers’ staff, we require all our suppliers to put systems in place to fulfil a duty of care to their employees to ensure the wellbeing and resilience of their staff throughout their tenure in the IRC.

In line with other contractual agreements, IRC suppliers are required to meet set service standards, including ensuring minimum staffing levels are met.

The new contract to manage the IRCs at Gatwick will set high expectations for the quality of management and staffing in key elements of the estate.

Information on numbers of IRC staff is not centrally recorded in the format requested.

Grouped Questions: 281599 | 281600 | 281602 | 281603
Q
(Don Valley)
Asked on: 24 July 2019
Home Office
Detention Centres: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people employed in immigration removal centres took early retirement as a result of ill health in each of the last ten years.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 06 September 2019

The Home Office is committed to ensuring that our immigration removal cen-tre (IRC) suppliers provide a high level of service to detainees while also providing value for money to the taxpayer. With regards to our suppliers’ staff, we require all our suppliers to put systems in place to fulfil a duty of care to their employees to ensure the wellbeing and resilience of their staff throughout their tenure in the IRC.

In line with other contractual agreements, IRC suppliers are required to meet set service standards, including ensuring minimum staffing levels are met.

The new contract to manage the IRCs at Gatwick will set high expectations for the quality of management and staffing in key elements of the estate.

Information on numbers of IRC staff is not centrally recorded in the format requested.

Grouped Questions: 281599 | 281600 | 281601 | 281603
Q
(Don Valley)
Asked on: 24 July 2019
Home Office
Detention Centres: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people employed in immigration removal centres were signed off work as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder in each of the last ten years.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 06 September 2019

The Home Office is committed to ensuring that our immigration removal cen-tre (IRC) suppliers provide a high level of service to detainees while also providing value for money to the taxpayer. With regards to our suppliers’ staff, we require all our suppliers to put systems in place to fulfil a duty of care to their employees to ensure the wellbeing and resilience of their staff throughout their tenure in the IRC.

In line with other contractual agreements, IRC suppliers are required to meet set service standards, including ensuring minimum staffing levels are met.

The new contract to manage the IRCs at Gatwick will set high expectations for the quality of management and staffing in key elements of the estate.

Information on numbers of IRC staff is not centrally recorded in the format requested.

Grouped Questions: 281599 | 281600 | 281601 | 281602
Q
Asked by Stephen Crabb
(Preseli Pembrokeshire)
Asked on: 24 July 2019
Home Office
Vehicle Number Plates: Fraud
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many motoring offences have been committed by drivers of cloned vehicles in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 06 September 2019

Information is not held centrally on motoring offences committed by drivers of cloned vehicles.

Q
Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
Asked on: 24 July 2019
Home Office
Loneliness
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken with the Loneliness Action Group to share learning on loneliness and ensure effective implementation of the loneliness strategy.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 06 September 2019

Government has engaged closely with the Loneliness Action Group in the development and now implementation of its Loneliness Strategy. The Home Office has worked in tandem with other departments in this and Home Office officials have spoken with the Loneliness Action Group about our progress in delivering our commitments in the Strategy.

Government officials have regularly attended the quarterly Loneliness Action Group meetings, to share updates and hear the group's views. The Minister for Sport and Civil Society, who leads Government's work on loneliness, spoke at the Loneliness Action Group conference in May 2019.

Q
Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Children: Exploitation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her Department's policies of the findings of the Children’s Society report entitled Counting lives, published in July 2019.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 06 September 2019

Criminal exploitation in the form of county lines has a devastating impact on those affected and we must work together to identify and safeguard the victims and potential victims of this form of exploitation as early as possible.

Our Serious Violence Strategy sets out our approach to tackling county lines and its related exploitation and through this we have delivered a range of action to enhance our approach to tackling this issue.

This includes providing £3.6m for a new National County Lines Co-ordination Centre. Launched in September 2018 the NCLCC has already led three separate weeks of law enforcement ‘intensification’ leading to 1600 arrests and safeguarding of over 2100 individuals. Through the Early Intervention Youth Fund we are also funding 10 projects with a specific county lines focus to support victims and potential victims of this exploitation. We have also worked to increase awareness of county lines exploitation amongst those best placed to spot it and have published guidance for frontline professionals on how to identify potential victims of county lines and appropriate referral routes.

We welcome the report published by the Children’s Society and will consider its findings carefully as we continue to develop and strengthen our response to county lines.

Q
(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Police: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Prime Minister's statement of 24 July 2019, what the timescale is for the recruitment of 20,000 police officers.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 06 September 2019

The Prime Minister has said that 20,000 extra police officers will be recruited over the next three years.

Q
(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Asylum: Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to review the restrictions that prevent asylum seekers from working.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 06 September 2019

Asylum seekers are allowed to work in the UK if their claim has been outstanding for 12 months, through no fault of their own. Those permitted to work are restricted to jobs on the shortage occupation list published by the Home Office. The Home Office is currently reviewing this matter.

Q
(Hyndburn)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Police: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to allocate the funding for 20,000 extra police officers to local forces according to how many police officers each force has lost since 2010.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 06 September 2019

We recognise that demand on the police is changing and we are acting. We are committed to recruiting 20,000 additional police officers over the next three years to tackle the rise in crime. This is the start of a new relationship between the Government and the police, and we will work even more closely together to protect the public.

The National Policing Board has been set up to provide strong leadership and deliver on our commitment to recruit 20,000 more police officers. Following the first meeting, the government and police will move at pace to drive forward our plans to bolster the police’s ranks.

All force-level funding allocations will be set out in the usual way at the pro-visional police funding settlement in December. The Government is working with the sector through a number of important details, including on allocating officers between different functions and activities to ensure maximum value from this additional resource.

Q
Asked by Neil Coyle
(Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Immigration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it remains her Department's policy to reduce immigration to the UK; and what her policy is on international students coming to the UK to study.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 06 September 2019

We strongly believe in the benefits of migration and we will continue to ensure that we attract the best and brightest talent to the UK. We will deliver a system that welcomes to this country the people who want to contribute, but that enables us to control migration.


We want to attract international students to study in the UK and study at our world class institutions.

Q
(Hyndburn)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Stone: Theft
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to re-establish the Metal Theft Taskforce with an extended remit to include stone theft.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 06 September 2019

We provided over £6 million of funding for the police-led Metal Theft Taskforce to help ensure the reforms to tackle metal theft introduced by the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 were embedded within the normal business of police forces and local authorities.

The Taskforce was not intended to be a long-term arrangement and disbanded in 2014 following the successful implementation of the 2013 Act.
The most recent statistics show that recorded levels of metal theft offences in March 2018 are still 73% lower compared with March 2013.

We continue to work with the police, industry, local authorities and others on this issue and on acquisitive crime more generally.

Q
Asked by Ellie Reeves
(Lewisham West and Penge)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Criminal Investigation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of police capacity to adequately investigate low-level crimes.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 06 September 2019

We recognise that demand on policing is changing and becoming more complex. That is why we provided an additional £1 billion of funding for policing in 2019/20 and PCCs announced plans to recruit an additional 3000 police officers and over 700 police staff.

The Government is now going even further – the Prime Minister announced on 26 July our commitment to recruiting an additional 20,000 police officers in England and Wales over the next three years.

Q
Asked by Ellie Reeves
(Lewisham West and Penge)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of low-level crimes that were reported but not investigated in each of the last 10 years.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 06 September 2019

The Home Office collects and routinely publishes information on how notifiable crimes that have been reported to and recorded by the police in England and Wales have been resolved.


Since April 2013, when the Home Office introduced a new outcomes framework, greater transparency has been provided on how all notifiable crimes recorded by the police have been resolved.


Prior to this information on how notifiable crimes recorded by the police were resolved was limited to those cases resulting in a formal or informal criminal justice outcome.


Published data can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/crime-outcomes-in-england-and-wales-statistics


https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/crimes-detected-in-england-and-wales

Q
Asked by Ellie Reeves
(Lewisham West and Penge)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Police: Emergency Calls
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of police response time to emergency calls.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 06 September 2019

The handling of 999/101 calls, including response times and performance targets is an operational matter for the police.

The Home Office does not collect data on the 999 emergency service.

Grouped Questions: 282489
Q
Asked by Ellie Reeves
(Lewisham West and Penge)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Police: Emergency Calls
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of emergency calls that did not receive a police response within one hour in each of the last 10 years.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 06 September 2019

The handling of 999/101 calls, including response times and performance targets is an operational matter for the police.

The Home Office does not collect data on the 999 emergency service.

Grouped Questions: 282488
Q
Asked by Kate Green
(Stretford and Urmston)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Young Offenders: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether children in secure care or detention are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 06 September 2019

A person’s continuity of residence in the UK for the purposes of eligibility under the EU Settlement Scheme is broken when they serve a sentence of imprisonment. They will not generally be eligible to apply to the scheme while they are serving that sentence.

This is consistent with EU law on free movement, as currently given effect in the UK by the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016. This provision applies to children in detention as it does for all applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Grouped Questions: 282340
Q
Asked by Kate Green
(Stretford and Urmston)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Young Offenders: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a period of imprisonment will be included in an assessment of a child's (a) eligibility and (b) continuous residence criteria under the EU settlement scheme.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 06 September 2019

A person’s continuity of residence in the UK for the purposes of eligibility under the EU Settlement Scheme is broken when they serve a sentence of imprisonment. They will not generally be eligible to apply to the scheme while they are serving that sentence.

This is consistent with EU law on free movement, as currently given effect in the UK by the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016. This provision applies to children in detention as it does for all applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Grouped Questions: 282339
Q
Asked by Kate Green
(Stretford and Urmston)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
UK Border Force: Airports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish monthly service performance data for UK Border Force at each airport.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 06 September 2019

There are no current plans to routinely publish this data in the future.

Border Force transparency data relating to national service performance can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/border-force-statistics

Q
Asked by Kate Green
(Stretford and Urmston)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
UK Border Force: Airports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to review service level agreements between UK Border Force and each UK airport; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 06 September 2019

Border Force performance against Service Level Agreements (SLAs) is kept under review, informed by regular discussions Border Force has with industry and consumer bodies.

Border Force is currently engaging with the aviation industry under the terms of the Department for Transport’s Aviation 2050 Green Paper to look at key elements of the passenger experience, including the current SLA level and process to ensure it is robust, and appropriately balances security and service at the border. The work will include looking into all aspects of the passenger journey.

Q
Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Police: Artificial Intelligence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of oversight and monitoring of the use of algorithms by police forces.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 06 September 2019

We recognise the potential that the use of emerging technologies present for improving outcomes for citizens and also the importance of ensuring that these are used in a way which is compliant with appropriate legal and ethical frameworks.

We welcome the work by the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) to develop a code of practice for use of algorithms in predictive policing and will be working with them to develop it.

Grouped Questions: 282344
Q
Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Police: Artificial Intelligence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department provides guidance to police forces on the appropriate use of algorithms in decision-making.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 06 September 2019

We recognise the potential that the use of emerging technologies present for improving outcomes for citizens and also the importance of ensuring that these are used in a way which is compliant with appropriate legal and ethical frameworks.

We welcome the work by the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) to develop a code of practice for use of algorithms in predictive policing and will be working with them to develop it.

Grouped Questions: 282343
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
[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: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to bring forward primary legislation on freedom of movement for (a) EU, (b) EEA and (c) Swiss citizens in the event that the UK leaves the EU.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
[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: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens have been granted pre-settled status; and what assessment she has made of the efficacy of the EU Settlement Scheme in respect of that data.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
[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: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how (a) border officials, (b) employers, (c) landlords, (d) the NHS and (e) others will distinguish between EU citizens who came to live in the UK (i) before and (ii) after 31 October 2019.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to inform EU, EEA and Swiss citizens residing in the UK who have not applied for settled status of the rules and requirements for doing so.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to support EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who require assistance to apply for settled status.
Q
Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)
[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: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has received the final report of the Windrush lessons learned review.
Q
(Portsmouth South)
[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: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing compulsory blood tests for people who assault police officers with their own bodily fluids.
Q
(Portsmouth South)
Asked on: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Police: Protective Clothing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to introduce needle-resistant gloves for use by police officers who conduct searches.
Q
(Portsmouth South)
Asked on: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Police: Protective Clothing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential benefits for police officers' (a) mental and (b) physical well-being of introducing needle-resistant gloves for use in searches.
Q
(Portsmouth South)
Asked on: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Assaults on Police: Body Fluids
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to protect police officers from being assaulted with bodily fluids; and if she will make a statement.
Q
(Wallasey)
[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: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens in Wallasey who have applied for settled status (a) have and (b) have not had their application processed.
Q
(Wallasey)
[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: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the additional police officers will be recruited to (a) Merseyside Police and (b) work in Wallasey.
Q
(Wallasey)
[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: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme resident in (a) Wallasey and (b) Merseyside who have (i) been granted settled status, (ii) been granted pre-settled status and (iii) had their application rejected in each year since the introduction of that scheme.
Q
(Wallasey)
[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: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Office, what steps the Government is taking to prepare for potential civil unrest in (a) the North West, (b) Merseyside and (c) Wirral in the event the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
Q
(Wallasey)
Asked on: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Immigrants: Detainees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on detaining children for immigration purposes for longer than 28 days.
Asked on: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Asylum: Finance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of applicants for support under section 4(2) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, in the last year for which records are held, were asked to provide further information to support their request, broken down by the reason further information was required.
Q
Asked by Vernon Coaker
(Gedling)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 22 July 2019
Home Office
Modern Slavery Act 2015
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation will be required as a result of the Government's response to the review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 05 September 2019

In response to the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act, on the 9 July the Home Office launched a public consultation to gather views on proposals to strengthen section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act. The proposals under consideration – including extending the reporting requirement to public sector organisations, requiring organisations to report on specific topics and introducing a new civil penalty regime – would require changes to primary legislation. Following the consultation, the Home Office will make any necessary legislative changes as soon as Parliamentary time allows.

The full Government response to the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 was published in July 2019 and is available via the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-response-to-the-independent-review-of-the-modern-slavery-act

Q
(Slough)
[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: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will provide translations of the EU Settlement Scheme publications (a) Leaflet 1: Important information for EU citizens in the UK and (b) Leaflet 2: Application guidance for EU citizens in the UK into each official language of the EU.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 05 September 2019

It is vital that the over three million EU citizens and their family members living in the UK understand how and when to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme. At the end of March, the Home Office launched a new national marketing campaign to encourage EU citizens to apply.

The Home Office has translated advertising and communications materials into 25 European languages and Welsh. This includes the applicant guidance, poster, factsheet and videos. These materials are all available on GOV.UK.

The Home Office continually reviews it translated materials and translated communications and engagement materials will continue to be available throughout the lifetime of the Scheme.

Q
Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
[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: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Human Trafficking
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the outcome was of her Department's review into different responses provided to FOI requests 53533 and 52979 in relation to the immigration outcomes of victims of trafficking.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 05 September 2019

An internal review was conducted on request 53533 and a response sent to the requester on 12 July. This found that the outcome of the original response (refusal under the cost limit) was correct. The two requests (53533 and 52979) asked for distinct information, hence the difference in responses: in one case the information could be provided within the cost limit, in the other it could not.

Q
Asked by Vernon Coaker
(Gedling)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Slavery
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many confirmed victims of modern slavery are waiting for a decision on their immigration status; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 05 September 2019

Prior to the transfer of National Referral Mechanism decision making responsibilities to the Home Office Single Competent Authority (SCA) in April 2019, publications were produced by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and can be accessed via the NCA website. https://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/component/finder/search?q=national+referral+mechanism+&Search=

Responsibility for publishing the NRM statistics now sits with the Home Office, and the first report (Q2 2019) was published at the end of August. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/827508/national-referral-mechanism-statistics-quarter-2-2019-april-to-june.pdf

The publication does not distinguish the immigration status of confirmed victims but invites stakeholders to submit their interest into a review of how the publication of NRM statistics can be improved.

It is not possible to accurately provide data on the number of confirmed victims awaiting a decision on their immigration status currently due to the range of potential immigration outcomes following an NRM decision.

Q
Asked by Vernon Coaker
(Gedling)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Slavery
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the trafficked status of a confirmed victim of modern slavery is considered when determining their application for leave to remain; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 05 September 2019

The UK’s policy for confirmed victims of modern slavery is to consider on a case-by-case basis whether a grant of leave to remain is appropriate, taking into account the particular circumstances of each case.

Q
Asked by Vernon Coaker
(Gedling)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Human Trafficking: Vietnam
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Foreign Secretary on the trafficking of people between the UK and Vietnam; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 05 September 2019

The UK Government is committed to the eradication of all forms of modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking globally by 2030, in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 8.7. The Home Office and Foreign Office work closely to combat modern slavery internationally and to engage governments in dialogue, including countries of origin for victims of modern slavery.

In addition to engagement, the UK has committed £200 million in UK aid to tackle modern slavery. This supports a range of interventions, such as the commitment of £5 million to a programme in Nigeria and £3 million to Vietnam through the Home Office Modern Slavery Fund to prevent modern slavery and build capacity to tackle it at source. HMG also agreed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Countering Human Trafficking with the Vietnamese government in 2018.

Q
Asked by Vernon Coaker
(Gedling)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Human Trafficking: Nigeria
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Foreign Secretary on the trafficking of people between the UK and Nigeria; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 05 September 2019

The UK Government is committed to the eradication of all forms of modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking globally by 2030, in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 8.7. The Home Office and Foreign Office work closely to combat modern slavery internationally and to engage governments in dialogue, including countries of origin for victims of modern slavery.

In addition to engagement, the UK has committed £200 million in UK aid to tackle modern slavery. This supports a range of interventions, such as the commitment of £5 million to a programme in Nigeria and £3 million to Vietnam through the Home Office Modern Slavery Fund to prevent modern slavery and build capacity to tackle it at source. HMG also agreed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Countering Human Trafficking with the Vietnamese government in 2018.

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