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Asked by Scott Mann
(North Cornwall)
Asked on: 30 June 2020
Home Office
Speed Limits: Cameras
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, where the revenue generated from fixed speed cameras is held.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 July 2020

Revenue generated from fixed speed camera enforcement goes to the Treasury. This income does not accrue to the police or local authority.

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(Swansea East)
Asked on: 30 June 2020
Home Office
Human Trafficking: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason people in the National Referral Mechanism who are in outreach support have been treated differently from people in that mechanism who are in safe house accommodation during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 09 July 2020

The safety and security of those supported through the modern slavery Victim Care Contract is a top priority for government. Contingency planning has considered, and continues to consider, how essential services and support for all victims of modern slavery can continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

All confirmed victims of modern slavery, in both outreach and safe house accommodation, continue to have their recovery needs assessed in order to provide tailored, needs-based support to each individual victim.

The Recovery Needs Assessment (RNA) process identifies ongoing recovery needs across the three pillars of Victim Care Contract (VCC) support, for accommodation, financial assistance and support worker contact. This process informs a tailored move-on plan, with the aim of establishing longer-term stability by helping victims to transition out of VCC support and back into a community, as appropriate. Where this is not possible, VCC support will continue to meet the victim’s ongoing recovery needs for as long as there is an identified need for that support.

On 6 April, in line with Public Health England guidance, we announced that all individuals accommodated by the VCC would not be required to move on from their Government-funded accommodation for a period of three months. This temporary policy is currently being reviewed.

We have also been clear that should any victim in outreach support experience a change in their situation which leaves them destitute and without accommodation, their needs, entitlements and risk factors will be assessed so that they can be provided with the most appropriate safe and secure accommodation during this time.

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Asked by Imran Hussain
(Bradford East)
Asked on: 30 June 2020
Home Office
Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places of worship in the (a) UK and (b) City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council area have applied for funding under the Places of Worship Protective Security Scheme since its introduction; and how much funding has been allocated under that scheme to places of worship in the (a) UK and (b) City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council area.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 July 2020

Data on Places of Worship is collated by geographic region.

In the first three years of the scheme (2016-2019), we received 431 applications across England and Wales. For the fourth year of the scheme (2019-2020), we received 531 applications, of which 377 met the minimum requirements for consideration. We have awarded approximately £3.4 million to places of worship across England and Wales.

Over the past four years we have received 124 applications from Yorkshire and Humber, and we have allocated £665,524 in funding to that region.

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Asked by Imran Hussain
(Bradford East)
Asked on: 30 June 2020
Home Office
Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding each faith has applied for under the Places of Worship Protective Security Scheme since its introduction.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 July 2020

In the first three years of the scheme (2016-2019), £800,000 was available each year. In the fourth year (2019-2020) this was doubled to £1.6 million. All faiths, apart from the Jewish faith, are eligible to apply for funding under this scheme. The Jewish community has access to a separate funding scheme.

Over the last four years, we have allocated £1,643,732 to mosques, £869,858 to churches, £210,989 to temples, and £676,115 to gurdwaras.

Grouped Questions: 66881
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Asked by Imran Hussain
(Bradford East)
Asked on: 30 June 2020
Home Office
Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding has been allocated to each faith under the Places of Worship Protective Security Scheme since the introduction of that scheme.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 July 2020

In the first three years of the scheme (2016-2019), £800,000 was available each year. In the fourth year (2019-2020) this was doubled to £1.6 million. All faiths, apart from the Jewish faith, are eligible to apply for funding under this scheme. The Jewish community has access to a separate funding scheme.

Over the last four years, we have allocated £1,643,732 to mosques, £869,858 to churches, £210,989 to temples, and £676,115 to gurdwaras.

Grouped Questions: 66880
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Asked by Imran Hussain
(Bradford East)
Asked on: 30 June 2020
Home Office
Religious Buildings: Security
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken ensure stakeholder engagement with her Department's consultation entitled, Protecting places of worship consultation, issued on 15 March 2020.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 July 2020

The Home Office met with a number of stakeholders representing various faiths and organisations in order to shape and develop the consultation before launch. These included, but were not limited to, the Community Security Trust (CST), Tell MAMA, Church of England and City Sikhs, as well as interfaith organisations including Stregthening Faith Institutions.

In addition, the Home Office consulted with other government departments including the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department of Education. Key stakeholders were also supplied with an early version of the consultation and the draft was reviewed based on their feedback.

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(Hayes and Harlington)
Asked on: 30 June 2020
Home Office
Home Office: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Procurement Policy Note 04/20: Recovery and Transition from COVID-19, published on 9 June 2020, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of maintaining the provision of contractual relief as a result of covid-19 in line with Procurement Policy Notice 02/20; which (a) companies and (b) work areas will be affected by changes to that contractual relief; and what the timeframe is for proposals to change that contractual relief.
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Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 09 July 2020

The Home Office reviewed the impact of PPN 04/2020 which allows continued consideration of payment and non-payment supplier relief due to impacts of Covid-19 with a focus on exit from any relief as soon as reasonably possible. We continue to work with our suppliers to review all requests for relief. This, combined with relief agreed following the launch of PPN 02/2020, has meant we have seen minimal impact to the key Home Office services which are delivered by our third-party suppliers.

To date, under PPN 02/2020 we have implemented relief against their current contractual terms with 5 companies which support services within the Borders, Immigration Citizenship System business area. All of these companies have specific arrangements to end relief arrangements

Asked on: 01 July 2020
Home Office
Overseas Students: EU Nationals
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether postgraduate research students who (1) are EU citizens, and (2) were due to start courses at UK universities in the autumn and have deferred by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be exempt from Tier 4 student visa rules. [T]
Answered on: 09 July 2020

Free movement will cease at the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

EEA nationals intending to study within the UK from January 2021 will need to apply for and meet the requirements of the Student route under the UK’s Points Based Immigration system.

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(Aberavon)
[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: 03 July 2020
Home Office
British National (Overseas): Hong Kong
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish additional information on the bespoke immigration route being developed for British Nationals (Overseas) passport holders from Hong Kong.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 09 July 2020

As announced by the Foreign Secretary on 1st July, a new bespoke immigration route will allow BN(O)s to apply to come to the UK without the current 6 month limit, granting them 5 years limited leave to remain, with the ability to live and work in the UK without salary thresholds, after which they may apply for settled status and a year later citizenship. This is a special bespoke set of arrangements, developed for the unique circumstances we face and in light of our historic commitment to the people of Hong Kong.

The new route will be implemented in the coming months, with further details to be announced in due course on the simple, streamlined application process which will have no quota on numbers

Grouped Questions: 68716 | 68717
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(Aberavon)
[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 July 2020
Home Office
British National (Overseas): Hong Kong
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a salary threshold will be applied to the bespoke immigration route being developed for British Nationals (Overseas) passport holders from Hong Kong.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 09 July 2020

As announced by the Foreign Secretary on 1st July, a new bespoke immigration route will allow BN(O)s to apply to come to the UK without the current 6 month limit, granting them 5 years limited leave to remain, with the ability to live and work in the UK without salary thresholds, after which they may apply for settled status and a year later citizenship. This is a special bespoke set of arrangements, developed for the unique circumstances we face and in light of our historic commitment to the people of Hong Kong.

The new route will be implemented in the coming months, with further details to be announced in due course on the simple, streamlined application process which will have no quota on numbers

Grouped Questions: 68715 | 68717
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(Aberavon)
[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 July 2020
Home Office
British National (Overseas): Hong Kong
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the potential number of applicants for the bespoke immigration route being developed for British Nationals (Overseas) passport holders from Hong Kong.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 09 July 2020

As announced by the Foreign Secretary on 1st July, a new bespoke immigration route will allow BN(O)s to apply to come to the UK without the current 6 month limit, granting them 5 years limited leave to remain, with the ability to live and work in the UK without salary thresholds, after which they may apply for settled status and a year later citizenship. This is a special bespoke set of arrangements, developed for the unique circumstances we face and in light of our historic commitment to the people of Hong Kong.

The new route will be implemented in the coming months, with further details to be announced in due course on the simple, streamlined application process which will have no quota on numbers

Grouped Questions: 68715 | 68716
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Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
[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 July 2020
Home Office
Coronavirus: Females
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing emergency payments to (a) sex workers and (b) women in crisis during the covid-19 outbreak to help protect (i) the health and wellbeing of sex workers and their families and (ii) public health.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 09 July 2020

We understand that those who are vulnerable and involved in selling sex and women in crisis can face a number of challenges that affect their ability to access services particularly during the Covid-19 outbreak. The Government is providing £76m to charities and organisations throughout the country to support victims of modern slavery, sexual violence and domestic abuse. Of this, the Ministry of Justice is providing £25m to support sexual violence and domestic abuse services through Covid 19 pressures. A further £3m per annum until 2022 will also be invested in the recruitment of more Independent Sexual Violence Advisors across the country. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is providing £10m for safe accommodation services.

Healthcare services remain open including general practice, drug and alcohol, and sexual health services. Whilst they have reduced face to face appointments, some services are able to see urgent, priority or vulnerable clients (including sex workers) seeking support where necessary.

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Asked by Alex Norris
(Nottingham North)
[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: 03 July 2020
Home Office
Slavery: Victims
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what emergency support has been made available to survivors of modern slavery since the freezing of payment cards by the Financial Conduct Authority on 26 June 2020; what guidance her Department has issued to those people on access to emergency funding; and how many people have accessed additional support since 26 June 2020.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 09 July 2020

Due to issues relating to the card provider, on 26 June 2020 potential and confirmed victims of modern slavery with access to a payment card through the Adult Victims of Modern Slavery (AVMS) support contract were informed the payment cards were frozen and advised to contact their dedicated support worker if they needed emergency cash payments.

All subcontractors of the AVMS support contract were also instructed to assess their service users for those who might have needed urgent payments, so they could be contacted proactively, and provided with support as required.

On 30 June 2020, the freeze on the payment cards was lifted and all service users were able to resume using their payment cards.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[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 July 2020
Home Office
Visas: Married People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing visa applications for spouses to be processed without biometrics where visa centres remain closed due to the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 09 July 2020

All visa applicants are required to attend a visa application centre (VAC) to provide documents and enrol their biometrics, this is a minimum mandated security requirement for all visa national travellers to the UK. Biometrics play a significant role in delivering security and facilitation in the border and immigration system. They enable quick and robust identity assurance and suitability checks on foreign nationals subject to immigration control.

As restrictions continue to be lifted by governments around the world, overseas VACs are reopening, enabling applicants to apply for the required visa to travel to the UK.  As centres reopen, details of these will be published on our commercial partner websites.

As of 7th July, 133 visa application centres have reopened.

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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: 06 July 2020
Home Office
Visas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa extensions for people in the UK were issued in each of the last five years; and how many of those extensions were subject to the No Recourse to Public Funds condition in each of those years.
A
Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 09 July 2020

The information you have requested is not currently published by the department.

The department has written to the UKSA with regard to this matter. Please see the link below: https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/correspondence/response-from-daniel-shaw-to-ed-humpherson-parliamentary-question-response/.

We are continuing to investigate whether the administrative data held by the department can provide any meaningful data in future and will write to you to provide an update in due course.

Grouped Questions: 69413 | 69414 | 69415
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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: 06 July 2020
Home Office
Immigrants: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for lifting the No Recourse to Public Funds condition have been (a) submitted and (b) granted in each of the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 09 July 2020

The information you have requested is not currently published by the department.

The department has written to the UKSA with regard to this matter. Please see the link below: https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/correspondence/response-from-daniel-shaw-to-ed-humpherson-parliamentary-question-response/.

We are continuing to investigate whether the administrative data held by the department can provide any meaningful data in future and will write to you to provide an update in due course.

Grouped Questions: 69412 | 69414 | 69415
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(Luton 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 July 2020
Home Office
Travel: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2020 to Question 63563 on travel: coronavirus, what support is available for incoming travellers who cannot afford or do not have the funds to pay for quarantine accommodation after travelling to the UK.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 09 July 2020

Border Force is able to assist in sourcing accommodation for people requiring a place to quarantine through contractors, at the person’s expense.  In limited circumstances, the Home Office will fund quarantine accommodation should an individual be unable to.

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(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
[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 July 2020
Home Office
Coronavirus: Quarantine
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for people required to quarantine for 14 days after entering the UK, how many physical checks have been carried out in person on those people at the location in which they were so quarantined; and how many fines have been issued to people for breaching those quarantine rules.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 July 2020

An ad hoc statistical release on ‘Health Measures at the Border’ will be published imminently pending ministerial review.

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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: 06 July 2020
Home Office
Immigrants: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for change of conditions of leave to allow recourse to public funds are currently pending a decision.
A
Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 09 July 2020

The information you have requested is not currently published by the department.

The department has written to the UKSA with regard to this matter. Please see the link below: https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/correspondence/response-from-daniel-shaw-to-ed-humpherson-parliamentary-question-response/.

We are continuing to investigate whether the administrative data held by the department can provide any meaningful data in future and will write to you to provide an update in due course.

Grouped Questions: 69412 | 69413 | 69415
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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: 06 July 2020
Home Office
Immigrants: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average processing time was for applications for change of conditions of leave to allow recourse to public funds since the application form was digitised in April 2020.
A
Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 09 July 2020

The information you have requested is not currently published by the department.

The department has written to the UKSA with regard to this matter. Please see the link below: https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/correspondence/response-from-daniel-shaw-to-ed-humpherson-parliamentary-question-response/.

We are continuing to investigate whether the administrative data held by the department can provide any meaningful data in future and will write to you to provide an update in due course.

Grouped Questions: 69412 | 69413 | 69414
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