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(Hyndburn)
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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 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.
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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.

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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
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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.
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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
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(Motherwell and Wishaw)
[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 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.
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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.

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(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.

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Asked by Mary Glindon
(North Tyneside)
[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 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.
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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.

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(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/).

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(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.

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(Newport East)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 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.
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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.

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(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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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(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.

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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.

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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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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.

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