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Asked by Steve Double
(St Austell and Newquay)
Asked on: 30 September 2019
Home Office
Undocumented Migrants
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the (a) number of illegal migrants who have entered the UK by crossing the English Channel and (b) proportion of such migrants that have been returned to France in the last 12 months.
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Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 08 October 2019

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

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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 30 September 2019
Home Office
Domestic Abuse: Discrimination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure equal protection for all domestic abuse survivors by upholding the non-discrimination principle in accordance with Article 4(3) of the Istanbul Convention.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 08 October 2019

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

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Asked by Chris Ruane
(Vale of Clwyd)
Asked on: 30 September 2019
Home Office
Civil Disorder
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 30 September 2019 to Question 290705 on Civil Disorder, on what dates Ministers of her Department have met with the (a) National Police Chiefs Council and (b) the National Police Coordination Centre since July 2019; and what were the outcomes of those meetings.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

Ministers and officials engage regularly with the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and the National Police Coordination (NPoCC) to determine the impact of EU Exit on policing and to plan accordingly. There is no intelligence to suggest that there will be widespread disorder, however the planning assumptions contained within the Yellowhammer document were formed through professional judgements to inform the reasonable worst case scenario for No Deal EU Exit.

How the contingency plans are delivered is an operational matter for the police. They have tried and tested mobilisation plans for responding to a wide range of scenarios. We are working with the National Police Chiefs Council and National Police Coordination Centre to ensure the plans are appropriate for a No Deal EU Exit including any requirements for the provision of mutual aid.

Grouped Questions: 292127 | 292128
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Asked by Chris Ruane
(Vale of Clwyd)
Asked on: 30 September 2019
Home Office
Civil Disorder
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 30 September 2019 to Question 290704 which states that there is no intelligence to suggest widespread public disorder, what the evidential basis was for the statement in paragraph 13 of the Yellowhammer document suggesting there may be a rise in public disorder and community tensions.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

Ministers and officials engage regularly with the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and the National Police Coordination (NPoCC) to determine the impact of EU Exit on policing and to plan accordingly. There is no intelligence to suggest that there will be widespread disorder, however the planning assumptions contained within the Yellowhammer document were formed through professional judgements to inform the reasonable worst case scenario for No Deal EU Exit.

How the contingency plans are delivered is an operational matter for the police. They have tried and tested mobilisation plans for responding to a wide range of scenarios. We are working with the National Police Chiefs Council and National Police Coordination Centre to ensure the plans are appropriate for a No Deal EU Exit including any requirements for the provision of mutual aid.

Grouped Questions: 292126 | 292128
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Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 30 September 2019
Home Office
Home Office: Crispin Odey
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish (a) the outcome of all meetings and (b) all call logs between Ministers of her Department and Mr Crispin Odey.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 08 October 2019

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

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Asked by Royston Smith
(Southampton, Itchen)
Asked on: 30 September 2019
Home Office
Retail Trade: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps is he taking to strengthen protections for shop workers that face (a) abusive, (b) threatening and (c) violent behaviour.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

The Government recognises the damaging impact that violence and abuse toward shop staff can have.

That is why the National Retail Crime Steering Group brings together Government, the police, retailers and others to help ensure the response to these crimes, and wider related issues, is as robust as it can be. This includes guidance on reporting incidents to the police and the use of Impact Statements for Business which provide victims with a voice in the criminal justice process. The Home Office also provided £60,000 for a targeted communications campaign led by the Association of Convenience Stores to raise awareness.

In addition, we launched a call for evidence on violence and abuse toward shop staff to help strengthen our understanding of the scale and extent of the issue. The call for evidence has now closed and we are currently analysing responses. We intend to publish the Government’s response in due course.

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Asked by Chris Ruane
(Vale of Clwyd)
Asked on: 30 September 2019
Home Office
Police
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has contingency plans to second police officers to alternative territorial police forces in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

Ministers and officials engage regularly with the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and the National Police Coordination (NPoCC) to determine the impact of EU Exit on policing and to plan accordingly. There is no intelligence to suggest that there will be widespread disorder, however the planning assumptions contained within the Yellowhammer document were formed through professional judgements to inform the reasonable worst case scenario for No Deal EU Exit.

How the contingency plans are delivered is an operational matter for the police. They have tried and tested mobilisation plans for responding to a wide range of scenarios. We are working with the National Police Chiefs Council and National Police Coordination Centre to ensure the plans are appropriate for a No Deal EU Exit including any requirements for the provision of mutual aid.

Grouped Questions: 292126 | 292127
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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.

[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: 30 September 2019
Home Office
Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many organisations receive funding from his Department through the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 08 October 2019

There are currently 22 organisations receiving funding under the Asylum Migration and Integration Fund. The Home Office is one of these organisations, the rest are third party recipients.

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Asked by Mary Creagh
(Wakefield)
[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: 30 September 2019
Home Office
Electronic Government: Data Protection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the Memorandum of Understanding sent by the Cabinet Office to his Department on the sharing of GOV.UK user data with the Government Digital Service.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 08 October 2019

The Home Office does not currently routinely publish its memorandum of understanding with other government departments and will therefore not be publishing this agreement.

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
Asked on: 30 September 2019
Home Office
Seasonal Workers: Pilot Schemes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications made to the seasonal workers pilot scheme were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 08 October 2019

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

Grouped Questions: 292390 | 292395 | 292396 | 292399 | 292400 | 292401
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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
Asked on: 30 September 2019
Home Office
Seasonal Workers: Pilot Schemes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for the seasonal workers pilot scheme from businesses operating in Scotland were (a) made and (b) successful.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 08 October 2019

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

Grouped Questions: 292389 | 292395 | 292396 | 292399 | 292400 | 292401
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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
Asked on: 30 September 2019
Home Office
Seasonal Workers: Pilot Schemes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications under the seasonal workers pilot scheme were allocated but not filled with a seasonal worker.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 08 October 2019

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

Grouped Questions: 292389 | 292390 | 292396 | 292399 | 292400 | 292401
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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
Asked on: 30 September 2019
Home Office
Seasonal Workers: Pilot Schemes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria his Department plans to use to evaluate the seasonal workers pilot scheme.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 08 October 2019

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

Grouped Questions: 292389 | 292390 | 292395 | 292399 | 292400 | 292401
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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
Asked on: 30 September 2019
Home Office
Seasonal Workers: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places on the seasonal workers pilot scheme were allocated to (a) operators and (b) businesses in (i) Angus (ii) Perth and North Perthshire, (iii) Stirling, (iv) Ochil and South Perthshire and (v) North East Fife.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 08 October 2019

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

Grouped Questions: 292389 | 292390 | 292395 | 292396 | 292400 | 292401
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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
Asked on: 30 September 2019
Home Office
Seasonal Workers: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places on the seasonal workers pilot scheme were allocated to (a) operators and (b) businesses in (i) Ayr Carrick and Cumnock, (ii) Dumfries and Galloway, (iii) Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweedale, (iv) Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk and (v) East Lothian.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 08 October 2019

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

Grouped Questions: 292389 | 292390 | 292395 | 292396 | 292399 | 292401
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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
Asked on: 30 September 2019
Home Office
Seasonal Workers: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places on the seasonal workers pilot scheme were allocated to (a) operators and (b) businesses in (i) Mcray, (ii) Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, (iii) Banff and Buchan (iv) Gordon and (v) West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine constituencies.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 08 October 2019

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

Grouped Questions: 292389 | 292390 | 292395 | 292396 | 292399 | 292400
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Asked by Melanie Onn
(Great Grimsby)
Asked on: 01 October 2019
Home Office
Jon Wedger
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to investigate allegations made by whistleblower Jon Wedger against the Metropolitan Police.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

The investigation of allegations made against police forces is a matter for the force and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to consider as appropriate. The decision-making processes of both organisations are independent of the Government and the Home Office itself.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
[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: 01 October 2019
Home Office
Police: Road Traffic Control
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what preparations her Department for policing operations in relation to traffic management in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

Ministers and officials have been working closely with the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and the National Police Coordination Centre (NPoCC) alongside the Department for Transport and Highways England to determine the role of the police in supporting the delivery of traffic management plans in the event of a No Deal. Highways England are responsible for the strategic road network.

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(Slough)
[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: 01 October 2019
Home Office
Knives: Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of knife crime in (a) Slough constituency and (b) the UK.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

There were 1,514 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument recorded by Thames Valley Police in 2018/19, a 13 per cent increase compared with the previous year, and a 30 per cent increase since 2010/11. Across England and Wales, there has been an 8 per cent increase in 2018/19, and a 42 per cent increase since 2010/11. These increases are thought to be partly a genuine increase and partly due to improvements in the police recording of these offences.

We are taking determined action to tackle knife crime and other serious violence. This includes giving the police the resources and tools they need to keep families, communities and our country safe. We have recently launched a national campaign to begin to recruit 20,000 new police officers over the next three years, and we are making it easier for the police to use stop and search powers.

Police funding is increasing by more than £1 billion this year, including council tax and additional funding through the £100 million Serious Violence Fund. This Fund includes £63.4 million for surge operational activity, £35 million to support Violence Reduction Units, and £1.6 million to help improve the quality of data on serious violence. Thames Valley Police are receiving £1.94 million from the Fund for surge activity and a further £1.16 million for their Violence Reduction Unit.

In addition, through the Offensive Weapons Act 2019, we are providing the police with more powers, and making it more difficult for young people to get hold of knives in the first place. The Act includes Knife Crime Prevention Orders which will give the police an important new tool to help them to work with people to steer them away from serious violence and knife crime.

We continue to encourage all police forces to undertake a series of coordinated national weeks of action to tackle knife crime under Operation Sceptre. The operation includes targeted stop and searches, weapon sweeps, surrender of knives, including through amnesty bins, test purchases of knives from retailers, and educational events. The latest phase of the operation took place from 17 to 22 September.

We are also addressing the root causes of crime by investing over £220 million in early intervention projects and in July this year, the Government announced a new legal duty on public bodies to prevent and tackle serious violence. This will ensure that all relevant services work together to share data and knowledge, and to allow them to target their interventions to prevent violence altogether.

Grouped Questions: 292979
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(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: 01 October 2019
Home Office
Knives: Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce incidences of knife crime in (a) Slough constituency and (b) the UK.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

There were 1,514 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument recorded by Thames Valley Police in 2018/19, a 13 per cent increase compared with the previous year, and a 30 per cent increase since 2010/11. Across England and Wales, there has been an 8 per cent increase in 2018/19, and a 42 per cent increase since 2010/11. These increases are thought to be partly a genuine increase and partly due to improvements in the police recording of these offences.

We are taking determined action to tackle knife crime and other serious violence. This includes giving the police the resources and tools they need to keep families, communities and our country safe. We have recently launched a national campaign to begin to recruit 20,000 new police officers over the next three years, and we are making it easier for the police to use stop and search powers.

Police funding is increasing by more than £1 billion this year, including council tax and additional funding through the £100 million Serious Violence Fund. This Fund includes £63.4 million for surge operational activity, £35 million to support Violence Reduction Units, and £1.6 million to help improve the quality of data on serious violence. Thames Valley Police are receiving £1.94 million from the Fund for surge activity and a further £1.16 million for their Violence Reduction Unit.

In addition, through the Offensive Weapons Act 2019, we are providing the police with more powers, and making it more difficult for young people to get hold of knives in the first place. The Act includes Knife Crime Prevention Orders which will give the police an important new tool to help them to work with people to steer them away from serious violence and knife crime.

We continue to encourage all police forces to undertake a series of coordinated national weeks of action to tackle knife crime under Operation Sceptre. The operation includes targeted stop and searches, weapon sweeps, surrender of knives, including through amnesty bins, test purchases of knives from retailers, and educational events. The latest phase of the operation took place from 17 to 22 September.

We are also addressing the root causes of crime by investing over £220 million in early intervention projects and in July this year, the Government announced a new legal duty on public bodies to prevent and tackle serious violence. This will ensure that all relevant services work together to share data and knowledge, and to allow them to target their interventions to prevent violence altogether.

Grouped Questions: 292978
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