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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.

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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.
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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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

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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.

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(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.

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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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
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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.
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