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(Barnsley East)
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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 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to provide support to broadband engineers working on upgrading the broadband network who fear abuse as a result of 5G conspiracy theories.
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(York Central)
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken in 2020 to investigate potential institutional racism in the police.
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Asked by Lord Cashman
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 12 December 2016 (HL Deb, col 1021) that Her Majesty's Government was committed to addressing historical wrongs experienced by homosexual and bisexual men who were convicted of actions that are no longer crimes, what plans they have to use the power contained in section 166 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 to expand the list of now repealed or abolished offences contained in section 92 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 in order that gay people previously cautioned for, or convicted of, offences, such as solicitation, can apply for a disregard and, if successful, obtain a pardon.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with hotels and guest houses about the accommodation of asylum seekers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which hotels have accommodated asylum seekers during the COVID-19 pandemic; and how many asylum seekers are in each such hotel.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 20 May (HL4160), whether a (1) breakfast of one slice of white bread with a small serving of butter and jam, and (2) dinner of chips, a slice of pizza without vegetables and a small serving of lettuce and half a tomato, reportedly served at Urban House Initial Accommodation Centre in Wakefield, meets the NHS Eatwell guidelines; and if so, what plans they have to review those guidelines.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of meals for those with specific diet requirements, in particular for those who (1) are pregnant, (2) have diabetes, and (3) have coeliac disease, at Urban House Initial Accommodation Centre in Wakefield; and what discussions they intend to have with that Centre about the provision of such meals.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake a programme to educate people about (1) the risks posed by, and (2) ways in which to prevent, wildfires, particularly those associated with barbecues.
Asked on: 06 May 2020
Home Office
Immigration: Fees and Charges
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review their policy on immigration fees.
Answered on: 03 June 2020

The Border, Immigration and Citizenship System (BICS) is predominately funded by the user and we think it is right that those who use it contribute to its cost, thereby reducing the burden on the UK taxpayer.

We keep our fees for immigration and nationality applications under regular review and ensure they are within the parameters agreed with HM Treasury and Parliament, as set out in Section 68 (9) of the Immigration Act 2014.

Asked on: 06 May 2020
Home Office
Asylum: Immigration
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the open letter to the Prime Minister from a coalition of charities and church leaders asking that all migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees are given temporary leave to remain.
Answered on: 03 June 2020

We have received the letter and will respond in due course.

The Government remains committed to an immigration policy which welcomes and celebrates people here legally but deters illegal immigration. The Immigration Rules already provide for undocumented migrants, who have not broken the law except for remaining here without lawful immigration status and who have been in the UK for a long time, to regularise their status. Migrants may make an application for leave to remain where there are grounds to do so.

If appropriate, in light of the situation in their country of origin, irregular migrants may claim asylum. The UK has a long and proud history of providing protection to those who need it and we will continue to uphold our obligations under the Refugee Convention during this time. Therefore, whilst ensuring that the Home Office is adhering to Public Health England’s advice in relation to the Covid-19 outbreak, claims can still be made, and decisions are continuing to be served on asylum claims on a case by case basis where there is sufficient evidence for us to make an accurate and well-informed decision in-line with published policy.

Even if an application is refused, measures we have implemented guarantee that an individual can remain safely accommodated and able to follow public health guidance, whilst maintaining access to financial support and healthcare until the end of June, and this will be kept under review.

As a result of this, there are no plans to provide temporary leave to remain to all asylum claimants or those with insecure status.

Asked on: 06 May 2020
Home Office
Customs Officers
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional customs officials they plan to hire after the end of the UK-EU transition period
Answered on: 03 June 2020

Border Force has delivered a largescale recruitment and training exercise, which has seen an uplift of permanent staff, bringing the number of full-time equivalent Border Force staff to over 8,700 from 7,700 in March 2018. This includes a brand-new multi-disciplinary Readiness Task Force (RTF) of c.300 officers, which is available to deploy across the UK at short notice to deal with emerging issues and peaks in demand. We are continuing to build a pipeline of resource to flexibly respond to future requirements and are committed to ensuring we have the necessary staff in place to keep our borders secure.

The latest published staffing and finance figures for Border Force can be found in the Home Office Annual Report for 2018-2019 at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/home-office-annual-report-and-accounts-2018-to-2019

HM Revenue and Customs has overall responsibility for customs policy. HMRC is collaborating with partners across Whitehall to explore a range of mitigating actions to ensure continued preparations for the end of the transition period whilst maintaining core front line services and supporting the government response to Covid-19 and will be well staffed for the end of the transition period.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 May 2020 to Question 41962 on Migrant Camps: France, what work the UK-France Migration Committee is conducting under the terms of the Sandhurst Treaty; and whether the (a) protection needs of individuals in the area and (b) improvement of reception conditions form part of discussions with the French authorities on the identification and relocation of vulnerable migrants in northern France.
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Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of visa applicants in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency that have been liable for the Immigration Health Surcharge since the introduction of that charge.
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Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons asylum applicants who reside in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency who have outstanding asylum applications are not provided with a timeframe for completion of those applications.
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Asked by Ian Mearns
(Gateshead)
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timeframe is for the introduction of the Online Harms Bill.
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(York Central)
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the police on maintaining social distancing in public spaces.
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(City of Durham)
[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 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to strengthen the Domestic Abuse Bill so that children affected by domestic abuse have a statutory right to specialist support services.
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(City of Durham)
[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 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to protect children and young people from child sexual abuse at home and online during the covid-19 outbreak.
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(City of Durham)
[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 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timescale is for the introduction of the Online Harms Bill.
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(City of Durham)
[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 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle county lines drug trafficking and safeguard vulnerable children form exploitation.
Q
(Luton South)
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer on 15 May to Question 43779 on Civil Servants, in how many multi-hub locations employees of her Department are working together with employees of another Department or agency in London managed by the Government Property Agency; what the addresses are of those locations; and what other Departments and agencies employ staff at those locations.
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Asked by Paul Bristow
(Peterborough)
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a new offence of intentional trespass to tackle unlawful traveller encampments.
Q
(Tooting)
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to waive the requirement for applicants for Settlement Status not to have spent more than six months outside of the UK in circumstances where applicants are unable to return to the UK due to travel restrictions implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Asked by Philip Davies
(Shipley)
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the change in the level of the use of nitrous oxide during the covid-19 outbreak.
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Asked by Philip Davies
(Shipley)
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the provisions available for communities to educate people on the dangers of nitrous oxide inhalation as a psychoactive substance.
Q
(Erith and Thamesmead)
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to issue guidance to police forces in England and Wales on wearing PPE when coming into physical contact with members of the public; and if she will make a statement.
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(New Forest 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: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral statement of 2 June 2020 by Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Official Report, column 682 on Hong Kong National Security Legislation: UK Response, and his response at column 691 that the Home Office is considering representations on behalf of former Hong Kong Military Service Corps personnel who were not awarded UK passports between 1990 and 1997, if she will take steps with the Foreign Office to ensure that those estimated remaining 250 to 300 military and naval veterans and their families are now permitted to apply for UK passports.
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(New Forest 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: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral statement of 2 June 2020 by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Official Report, column 682 on Hong Kong National Security Legislation: UK Response, and his response at column 691 that the Home Office is considering representations on behalf of former Hong Kong Military Service Corps personnel who were not awarded UK passports between 1990 and 1997, if she will make it her policy that the estimated remaining 250 to 300 military and naval veterans and their families will now be permitted to apply for UK passports.
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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 June 2020
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason Recovery Needs Assessments are being carried out during the covid-19 outbreak; and what steps she has taken to ensure people currently in support are not adversely affected by that assessment process.
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Visas: Married People
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend (1) to reduce, (2) to waive, or (3) to eliminate, the minimum income requirement for UK citizens wishing to bring a foreign spouse or partner (and where relevant children) to the UK in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular for loss of income as a result of the lockdown to be accounted for in calculating the income requirement.
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Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Demonstrations: Social Distancing
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police about the csae for the police to intervene to enforce social distancing during mass demonstrations (1) outside the US Embassy in London, and (2) in Hyde Park.
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Police: Protective Clothing
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 2 June (HL4611), whether they will now answer the question put, namely what assessment they have made of the average quantity of personal protective equipment required on a daily basis by the police service; and if they have not made such an assessment, why not.
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Immigrants: Detainees
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are currently detained under immigration powers in (1) immigration removal centres, and (2) prisons, in the UK.
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Deportation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many removals and deportations from the UK have been effected since 23 March, and to which countries.
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Deportation: Coronavirus
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government to which countries it is currently not possible to remove or deport people as a result of COVID-19 global travel restrictions; and whether they will publish a weekly list of these countries, updated with any new changes.
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Immigrants: Detainees
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new detentions under immigration powers there have been since 23 March; in which centres people were so detained and what was their country of origin; and of these how many involved (1) people transferred from prisons into immigration detention at the end of their prison sentences, (2) people detained after chance encounters with immigration enforcement, and (3) planned detentions.
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Immigrants: Detainees
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many transfers of detainees, whether from a prison to an immigration removal centre or from one immigration removal centre to another, have occurred since 23 March.
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Asked by Lord Oates
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Deportation: Zimbabwe
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to suspend all removals of Zimbabwe citizens from the UK in the light of the political, economic and humanitarian situation in that country.
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Asked by Lord Lucas
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Contact Tracing: Fraud
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what supplementary budgets and resources are being provided to Action Fraud and the Suspicious Email Reporting Service to handle incidents of impersonation and fraud relating to the NHS test and trace service, and to support effective action against the perpetrators.
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Home Office
Offenders: Rochdale
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the continued presence in Rochdale of Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan and Qari Abdul Rauf on their victims and their victim's families.
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Asked by Crispin Blunt
(Reigate)
[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: 18 May 2020
Home Office
Cannabis: Medical Treatments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraphs 4 and 5 on page 3 of her Department's Factsheet on Cannabis, CBD and other cannabinoids, what assessment she has made of the limit of detection that is the appropriate level of sensitivity to accurately determine through laboratory analysis that there are no controlled cannabinoids present in a CBD product and that the product contains CBD in its pure form.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 02 June 2020

The Department has made no assessment of limits of detection in relation to testing for the presence of controlled cannabinoids in CBD products. The Home Office approach is one of caution, that is, that a CBD product is likely to be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 (‘the 2001 Regulations’) if it contains any controlled cannabinoids.

The term ‘administration’ in the exempt product definition is not defined by the 2001 Regulations. The Human Medicines Regulations 2012 provides the following as part of its definition:

““administer” means administer to a human being—

(a) orally, by injection, or by introduction into the body in any other way; or

(b) by external application (whether or not by direct application to the body)”

The interpretation of legislation is ultimately a matter for the courts to decide.

Grouped Questions: 48250
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Asked by Crispin Blunt
(Reigate)
[R]
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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: 18 May 2020
Home Office
Cannabis: Medical Treatments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to limb A of the definition of an exempted product on page five of her Department's Drug Licensing Factsheet - Cannabis, CBD and other cannabinoids, what her Department's definition is of the term administration.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 02 June 2020

The Department has made no assessment of limits of detection in relation to testing for the presence of controlled cannabinoids in CBD products. The Home Office approach is one of caution, that is, that a CBD product is likely to be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 (‘the 2001 Regulations’) if it contains any controlled cannabinoids.

The term ‘administration’ in the exempt product definition is not defined by the 2001 Regulations. The Human Medicines Regulations 2012 provides the following as part of its definition:

““administer” means administer to a human being—

(a) orally, by injection, or by introduction into the body in any other way; or

(b) by external application (whether or not by direct application to the body)”

The interpretation of legislation is ultimately a matter for the courts to decide.

Grouped Questions: 48249
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(Chipping Barnet)
[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 May 2020
Home Office
Domestic Abuse: Males
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle domestic abuse against men.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 02 June 2020

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

The Home Office funds the Men’s Advice Line which provides support and advice to male victims of domestic abuse. This helpline received additional funding from the £2m announced by the Home Secretary on April 11 to bolster domestic abuse helplines during COVID-19. On 19 May the Home Office announced £2m of funding to charities with a national or regional presence which will provide further support for male and female victims of domestic abuse.

We have also provided £500,000 to improve support to male victims of domestic abuse and provided funding to Galop which provides advice and support to LGBT+ populations affected by domestic abuse, including for the National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline. This helpline also received additional funding from the £2m announced by the Home Secretary.

The Government domestic abuse awareness raising campaign under the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone, signposts victims to sources of advice and support. Details of these services can be found at www.gov.uk/domestic-abuse

The Home Office regularly engages with police forces on a wide range of domestic abuse issues.

Grouped Questions: 48302
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(Chipping Barnet)
[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 May 2020
Home Office
Domestic Abuse: Males
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police on domestic violence against men.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 02 June 2020

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

The Home Office funds the Men’s Advice Line which provides support and advice to male victims of domestic abuse. This helpline received additional funding from the £2m announced by the Home Secretary on April 11 to bolster domestic abuse helplines during COVID-19. On 19 May the Home Office announced £2m of funding to charities with a national or regional presence which will provide further support for male and female victims of domestic abuse.

We have also provided £500,000 to improve support to male victims of domestic abuse and provided funding to Galop which provides advice and support to LGBT+ populations affected by domestic abuse, including for the National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline. This helpline also received additional funding from the £2m announced by the Home Secretary.

The Government domestic abuse awareness raising campaign under the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone, signposts victims to sources of advice and support. Details of these services can be found at www.gov.uk/domestic-abuse

The Home Office regularly engages with police forces on a wide range of domestic abuse issues.

Grouped Questions: 48301
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(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: 18 May 2020
Home Office
Asylum: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to extend its contract for ASPEN cards.
A
Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 02 June 2020

The Home Office’s contract to provide financial support to asylum seekers through an Aspen Card has been extended until 27 February 2021.

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(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: 18 May 2020
Home Office
Biometric Residence Permits
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to extend its contract with Post Office Ltd for biometric residence permit collections.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 02 June 2020

On 11 March 2020 it was decided to extend the existing contract for the collection of Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) from the Post Office Ltd until the end of February 2021.

We are conducting a review of the current contract which is likely to be completed by end of August 2020.  A decision will then be taken to further extend the existing Post Office contract or to tender for a new solution.

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Asked by Conor McGinn
(St Helens 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: 18 May 2020
Home Office
Royal Family: Security
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been covered by the VIP and Royal protection scheme; and what the cost of that scheme has been to public purse in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: James Brokenshire
Answered on: 02 June 2020

It is our long-standing policy not to provide detailed information on the security arrangements for protected individuals. To do so could compromise the integrity of those arrangements and affect the security of the individuals concerned.

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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: 18 May 2020
Home Office
Human Trafficking: Victims
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of referrals to the National Referral Mechanism were made by telephone in (a) 2018 and (b) 2019.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 02 June 2020

Designated First Responders can make referrals to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) via the online referral form at https://www.modernslavery.gov.uk/start. This became available to all designated First Responders on 29 August 2019. Prior to this, referrals were made via email.

The Single Competent Authority does not accept NRM referrals made by telephone. The Home Office did not receive NRM referrals by telephone in 2018 or 2019.

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Asked by Greg Clark
(Tunbridge Wells)
Asked on: 18 May 2020
Home Office
Home Office: Chief Scientific Advisers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings she had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (b) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.
A
Corrected answer by: Victoria Atkins
Corrected on: 02 June 2020
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 28 May 2020.
The correct answer should have been:

Ministers meet with Professor John Aston, the Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser, as necessary during the process of policy development and delivery. During the periods in question, I met with him on numerous occasions.

Ministers meet with Professor John Aston, the Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser, as necessary during the process of policy development and delivery. During the periods in question, the Home Secretary met with Professor John Aston on numerous occasions.

A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 28 May 2020

Ministers meet with Professor John Aston, the Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser, as necessary during the process of policy development and delivery. During the periods in question, I met with him on numerous occasions.

Ministers meet with Professor John Aston, the Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser, as necessary during the process of policy development and delivery. During the periods in question, the Home Secretary met with Professor John Aston on numerous occasions.

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Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
[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: 18 May 2020
Home Office
Police: Protective Clothing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has issued to police forces on (a) how to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), (b) when to wear PPE and (c) what kind of PPE to wear.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 02 June 2020

The UK Government has published guidance on appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for emergency workers, including the police. The National Police Chiefs’ Council and the College of Policing have issued operational guidance to all forces on the use of PPE tailored to their unique role to ensure officers and staff are protected sufficiently. The guidance covers how, when and what type of PPE to wear across a range of practical scenarios.

An explanatory note of the guidance is available here: https://www.college.police.uk/What-we-do/COVID-19/Documents/Personal-Protective-Equipment-Operational-Guidance-1.pdf

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