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(Birmingham, Edgbaston)
Asked on: 13 May 2020
Home Office
NHS: Migrant Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of granting international medical students who have graduated early due to the covid-19 outbreak and are working for the NHS special dispensation to switch sponsors without having to apply for another visa.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 22 May 2020

International students with current Tier 4 visas can already work full-time following the completion of their course without switching sponsors, provided the conditions of their visa permit work.

During the Covid-19 outbreak, those applying for new visas under Tiers 2, 4 or 5 can commence work or study with their new sponsor before a decision is made on their application provided the relevant conditions outlined on Gov.uk are met. These details can be found at:

www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents

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(Enfield, Southgate)
Asked on: 13 May 2020
Home Office
Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's News story of 19 March 2019 entitled Places of worship to get security funding boost, how much of her Department's £5 million fund to provide security training for places of worship has been awarded; and how much of that funding has been awarded to each organisation.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 22 May 2020

The Home Office is working with policing and faith representatives to understand the training needs of places of worship and how these are best met. This is to ensure the training made available is suitable and effective for faith institutions.

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Asked by Neil Coyle
(Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
Asked on: 15 May 2020
Home Office
Entry Clearances: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will allow temporary UK residents whose leave is due to expire on 31 May 2020 a further automatic extension to their visas as a result of (a) travel restrictions and (b) self-isolation relating to covid-19.
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Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 22 May 2020

Individuals in the UK legally whose visa expired after 24 January 2020 have had their visa extended to 31 May 2020 where they cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus.

This is being kept under regular review in case further extensions are needed and the Home Office will publish relevant information on GOV.UK prior to this date.

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(Rother Valley)
Asked on: 15 May 2020
Home Office
Migrant Workers: Visas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the residency status is of the families of overseas healthcare workers who have been working in the NHS on a visa and die as a result of covid-19.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 22 May 2020

My Rt. Hon Friend, the Home Secretary, confirmed, in a letter to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 29 April, families of eligible frontline healthcare workers who sadly pass away due to contracting the COVID-19 virus, will be granted immediate Indefinite Leave to Remain free of charge.

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(Chipping Barnet)
[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: 15 May 2020
Home Office
Hezbollah: Foreign Relations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the accuracy of reports that Hezbollah's Foreign Relations Department is raising funds and operating within the EU.
A
Answered by: James Brokenshire
Answered on: 22 May 2020

We do not provide comment on our intelligence assessment of terrorist organisations.

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(Romford)
Asked on: 18 May 2020
Home Office
Passports: Applications
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to resume the processing of routine applications to apply for, renew, replace or update a passport.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 22 May 2020

Her Majesty’s Passport Office has continued to process standard passport applications throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, but with limited capacity due to implementing social distancing measures within its offices.

Due to this limited capacity, passport applications are taking longer than usual. However, to support those who need passport services the most at this time, an Urgent and Compassionate service is also being provided, and the details of how to apply are available on gov.uk.

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Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Asked on: 18 May 2020
Home Office
Police: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been tested for covid-19 since the start of the covid-19 outbreak, by police force.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 22 May 2020

Testing is key in our battle against coronavirus and on Friday 17 April the government extended coronavirus testing to more frontline workers, including for police. The number of police officers who have been tested for Covid-19 by police force is not a number that is held by centrally by the Home Office.

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Asked by Ian Lavery
(Wansbeck)
Asked on: 18 May 2020
Home Office
Immigration: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has revised her Department's targets for the processing of immigration cases during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 22 May 2020

The Home Office closely monitors the processing of immigration cases and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has not amended its service standards due to Covid-19. UKVI continue to process applications as quickly as possible.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 12 May 2020
Home Office
Asylum: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that access to (a) WiFi, (b) smartphones and (c) other digital devices are provided for asylum seekers living in National Asylum Support Service supplied accommodation during the covid-19 outbreak.
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Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 21 May 2020

Asylum seekers receiving support under section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 are generally provided with accommodation and a cash allowance to cover other essential living needs. The level of the cash allowance provided take into account communication needs, including the cost of buying and using a mobile phone. As a result of the Covid-19 crisis a higher proportion of asylum seekers than usual are being accommodated in full-board hostels and hotels. We are looking at practical ways of providing internet access to this group and other ways to enable them to communicate effectively. Our accommodation providers can and have provided mobile phones to those who do not have one.

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(Cardiff South and Penarth)
Asked on: 13 May 2020
Home Office
Immigration Controls: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the evidence provided to the Science and Technology Committee on 13 March, on what date advice from scientific modellers was first provided to (a) COBR, (b) the Prime Minister, (c) the Secretary of State for Health and (d) the Secretary of State for Transport on the likely incidence of covid-19 infection among travellers arriving at the UK Border; and on what dates any subsequent revision of those models was provided.
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Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 21 May 2020

The modelling in question was done by SAGE. The Home Office cannot provide information on when SAGE advised (a) COBR, (b) the Prime Minister, (c) the Secretary of State for Health and (d) the Secretary of State for Transport.

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(Cambridge)
[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: 15 May 2020
Home Office
Fingerprints: Databases
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the effect on the ability of police to identify criminals following the European Parliament’s decision to reject the European Council’s proposal to allow the UK to participate in the automated searching of fingerprint data stored in the EU’s Prum DNA database.
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Answered by: James Brokenshire
Answered on: 21 May 2020

UK Police forces are already identifying criminals as a result of the UK’s connection to Prüm DNA exchanges. Since joining Prüm in July last year, the UK’s connection to Prüm has led to tens of thousands of DNA profiles being matched in the UK and across EU Member States, advancing law enforcement investigations in the UK and the EU.

We are ready to begin sharing fingerprints with EU Member States and next steps are with the European Commission to determine when the UK can begin to exchange fingerprint data via Prüm.

The vote in the European Parliament does not affect our ability to continue to participate in DNA exchanges with EU Member States on a reciprocal basis. We are committed to cooperation that keeps our citizens safe.

Asked on: 21 May 2020
Home Office
Immigrants: Health Services
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the net financial benefit to the NHS from the immigration health surcharge in each year since the surcharge was introduced; and what proportion of total annual income from the immigration health surcharge comes from foreign nationals working in the health and care sector.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Home Office
Refugees: Finance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) maintain the extension of housing provision for newly recognised refugees to three months, introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a permanent measure, and (2) ensure financial support for such refugees whilst they wait for receipt of Universal Credit payments.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Home Office
Refugees: Children
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to participate in discussions with UNHCR about the relocation of unaccompanied refugee children now in Europe, in particular those in Greece; and if not, why not.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Home Office
Immigrants: Health Services
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost of exempting (1) NHS and care workers, and (2) all workers, from overseas and their families from the immigration health surcharge; and what plans they have to review their policy on that surcharge.
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Asked by Jess Phillips
(Birmingham, Yardley)
Asked on: 25 March 2020
Home Office
Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre has accepted new detainees since the start of the covid-19 outbreak; and what steps that centre is taking to ensure that new detainees are not exposed to that disease.
A
Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 20 May 2020

The Government remains committed to removing those who violate our immigration rules and foreign national offenders. Detention plays a key role in securing our borders and maintaining effective immigration control. On that basis, Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre will continue to accept new detainees.

All detainees received into Yarl’s Wood receive a nurse triage within two hours and are offered a doctor’s appointment within 24 hours.

In line with Public Health England guidance, measures such as protective isolation are considered on a case by case basis to minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading to vulnerable groups in the immigration detention estate. Further measures including single occupancy rooms and cessation of social visits have been introduced in line with the Government direction on social distancing.

There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in immigration removal centres.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 20 April 2020
Home Office
Migrant Workers: Asylum
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to grant permission to work for (a) medical workers and (b) all other potential workers who have been awaiting a decision on their asylum application for over six months; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 20 May 2020

Asylum seekers with medical experience and qualifications, who have been waiting for a decision on their claim for 12 months or more, can already apply to work for the NHS in the range of medical professions on the Shortage Occupation List.

Asylum seeker right to work is a complex issue. The review of the policy is ongoing, and we are considering the evidence put forward on the issue. It is crucial we take the time to get this right.

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Asked by Ms Lyn Brown
(West Ham)
Asked on: 28 April 2020
Home Office
Immigrants: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the provision of financial support to local authorities that have taken on the costs of ensuring that residents with No Recourse to Public Funds are able to self-isolate during the covid-19 outbreak.
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Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 20 May 2020

The Home Office is working closely with other government departments, including the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to support people, including migrants with no recourse to public funds, through this crisis. We are taking a compassionate and pragmatic approach to an unprecedented situation.

Local authorities can provide basic safety net support if it is established there is a care need which does not arise solely from destitution, for example, where there are community care needs, migrants with serious health problems or family cases where the wellbeing of a child is in question. The Government has provided more than £3.2 billion of funding to local authorities in England, and additional funding under the Barnett formula to the devolved administrations to enable them to respond to Covid-19 pressures across all the services they deliver, including services helping the most vulnerable.

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Asked by Ms Lyn Brown
(West Ham)
Asked on: 29 April 2020
Home Office
Immigrants: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under (a) what circumstances and (b) with what notice period her Department will end the suspension of the No Recourse to Public Funds exception during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 20 May 2020

The no recourse to public funds (NRPF) condition has not been suspended. The Home Office is working closely with other government departments to support people, including migrants with NRPF, through this crisis. We are taking a compassionate and pragmatic approach to an unprecedented situation.

Many of the wide-ranging Covid-19 measures the government has put in place are not public funds and are available to migrants with NRPF.

In light of the support available, we do not believe it is necessary to suspend the NRPF condition. We will keep the situation under review and consider further measures if needed.

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(Hornsey and Wood Green)
[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: 29 April 2020
Home Office
Asylum: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will increase financial support for asylum seekers during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 20 May 2020

We are currently reviewing the level of the cash allowances, as we do each year, to ensure that they remain capable of meeting the essential living needs of asylum seekers. In addition to weekly cash payments, asylum seekers who claim support also receive free furnished accommodation in which utilities are paid for.

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(Cardiff South and Penarth)
[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: 05 May 2020
Home Office
Immigration Controls: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date SAGE first discussed the potential effect of introducing restrictions at the UK borders on the (a) rate of covid-19 infections in the UK and (b) ability of the NHS to respond to that rate; and whether SAGE reported the conclusions of those discussion to her.
A
Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 20 May 2020

The Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser is a participant in SAGE and regularly updates Home Office ministers on all aspects of SAGE relating to their departmental interests.

Q
(Cardiff South and Penarth)
[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: 05 May 2020
Home Office
Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what dates SAGE provided advice to Ministers on the potential effect of introducing restrictions at the UK borders on the spread of covid-19 in the UK.
A
Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 20 May 2020

The Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser is a participant in SAGE and regularly updates Home Office ministers on all aspects of SAGE relating to their departmental interests.

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Asked by Liz Twist
(Blaydon)
[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: 05 May 2020
Home Office
Domestic Abuse: Victim Support Schemes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the time frame is for the Domestic Abuse Commissioner’s review of community-based support.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 20 May 2020

To understand the complex landscape for community-based support, in the Government’s further response to the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill (CP 214), published on 3 March, we indicated that the Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner has agreed to undertake an in-depth exploration of the current community-based support landscape over 2020/21.

The Government also indicated that we must better understand the existing routes by which support services are commissioned and funded and establish best practice within services in order to ensure quality provision. The precise scope and timing of the review is a matter for the independent Commissioner. I understand, however, that the review is expected to take some 12 months.

The Government does not collect statistics on the number of domestic abuse victims who do not live in safe accommodation. I would like us to look more into data in the coming months.

Grouped Questions: 43739 | 43740
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Asked by Liz Twist
(Blaydon)
[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: 05 May 2020
Home Office
Domestic Abuse: Victim Support Schemes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the scope is of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner’s review of community-based support.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 20 May 2020

To understand the complex landscape for community-based support, in the Government’s further response to the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill (CP 214), published on 3 March, we indicated that the Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner has agreed to undertake an in-depth exploration of the current community-based support landscape over 2020/21.

The Government also indicated that we must better understand the existing routes by which support services are commissioned and funded and establish best practice within services in order to ensure quality provision. The precise scope and timing of the review is a matter for the independent Commissioner. I understand, however, that the review is expected to take some 12 months.

The Government does not collect statistics on the number of domestic abuse victims who do not live in safe accommodation. I would like us to look more into data in the coming months.

Grouped Questions: 43738 | 43740
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Asked by Liz Twist
(Blaydon)
[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: 05 May 2020
Home Office
Domestic Abuse: Refuges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will estimate the number of domestic abuse victims who do not live in safe accommodation and would not qualify for statutory support as set out in clause 53 of the Domestic Abuse Bill.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 20 May 2020

To understand the complex landscape for community-based support, in the Government’s further response to the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill (CP 214), published on 3 March, we indicated that the Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner has agreed to undertake an in-depth exploration of the current community-based support landscape over 2020/21.

The Government also indicated that we must better understand the existing routes by which support services are commissioned and funded and establish best practice within services in order to ensure quality provision. The precise scope and timing of the review is a matter for the independent Commissioner. I understand, however, that the review is expected to take some 12 months.

The Government does not collect statistics on the number of domestic abuse victims who do not live in safe accommodation. I would like us to look more into data in the coming months.

Grouped Questions: 43738 | 43739
Asked on: 06 May 2020
Home Office
Asylum: Nutrition
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether meals provided for asylum seekers in temporary accommodation must meet the guidelines set out in the NHS Eatwell Guide.
Answered on: 20 May 2020

Meals provided in all catered asylum accommodation facilities meet the NHS Eatwell guide.

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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 11 May 2020
Home Office
Domestic Abuse: Ethnic Groups
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Office, what assessment the Government has made of the adequacy of funding for black and minority ethnic community specialist domestic abuse services during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 20 May 2020

We are in frequent contact with the domestic abuse sector, including specialist BAME organisations, as well as the Domestic Abuse Commissioner, to understand the impact of covid-19 on services’ ability to operate.

Following increases in calls to domestic abuse helplines and online services, the Home Secretary announced an additional £2m to bolster organisations’ capacity on April 11.

This is in addition to £28m of Government funding for domestic abuse charities to help survivors of domestic abuse and their children by providing more safe spaces, accommodation and access to support services during the coronavirus outbreak.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 11 May 2020
Home Office
Internet: Offences against Children and Terrorism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Office, pursuant to the Answer of 6 May 2020 to Question 42080 on Internet: Safety, when her Department plans to publish the interim voluntary codes on tackling online terrorist and child sexual exploitation and abuse content and activity.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 20 May 2020

The Government will be publishing interim codes of practice on terrorist use of the internet and child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA) as part of the full government response to the Online Harms White Paper. This will ensure that companies are provided with the necessary context to understand the expectations around what companies should do to address CSEA and terrorist content and activity online.

We are working on preparing the interim codes of practice and full government response to the White Paper as soon as possible. We will follow this publication with legislation when Parliamentary time allows.

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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: 11 May 2020
Home Office
Common Travel Area: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the operation of the Common Travel Area.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 20 May 2020

Both the UK and Irish Governments are committed to maintaining the Common Travel Area (CTA) arrangements. As such, there are no routine immigration controls on journeys from within the CTA to the UK, with no immigration controls whatsoever on the Northern Ireland – Ireland land border.

We continue to work closely with the Republic of Ireland and the Crown Dependencies on our response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recognising the unique nature of the Common Travel Area, as well as the position of Northern Ireland, there are no plans to introduce the recently announced measures at the UK border on journeys from within the Common Travel Area, including on the land border with Ireland.

Q
Asked by Tom Hunt
(Ipswich)
Asked on: 12 May 2020
Home Office
Aviation: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of preventing people from arriving in the UK if they do not have pre-arranged accommodation in which to spend 14 days in quarantine.
A
Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 20 May 2020

The Government will require all international arrivals not on a short list of exemptions to self-isolate in their accommodation for fourteen days on arrival into the UK. Where international travellers are unable to demonstrate where they would self-isolate, they will be required to do so in accommodation arranged by the Government.

All international arrivals will be required to supply their contact and accommodation information and they will also be strongly advised to download and use the NHS contact tracing app.

Asked on: 13 May 2020
Home Office
NHS: Migrant Workers
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that any (1) NHS employee, and (2) agency worker engaged by the NHS, during the COVID-19 pandemic who is currently on (a) a Tier 5 Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange visa, or (b) a family visa, have the right to remain in the UK. [T]
Answered on: 20 May 2020

The Government has announced we will extend the visas for a range of healthcare professionals working for the NHS and independent health and care providers, where their current visa expires before 1 October. This offer also applies to their families. The 12-month extension is automatic and free of charge and those benefitting will not have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge. Details of immigration changes, including the extended list of healthcare professionals covered by this offer, relating to COVID-19 can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-immigration-and-borders.

Those in the UK with leave on long term basis can also extend their stay in-country and can continue to apply online.  Where an online application is made before leave expires, a person’s leave and conditions are automatically extended by virtue of Section 3C of the 1971 Immigration Act until the application can be decided.

Q
Asked by Peter Kyle
(Hove)
[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: 15 May 2020
Home Office
British Nationality: Assessments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will extend leave to remain visas until October 2020 for people that are applying for indefinite leave to remain but are unable to take a life in the UK test during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 20 May 2020

Individuals in the UK legally whose visa expired after 24 January 2020 have had their visa extended to 31 May 2020 where they cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus. This is being kept under regular review in case further extensions are needed.

The Home Office is taking steps to ensure nobody will be penalised for not being able to take Life in the UK tests due to circumstances beyond their control. Therefore individuals can still apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain and their application will be held until testing resumes, with their existing leave continuing until their application is decided.

Q
(Stockton 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: 15 May 2020
Home Office
Asylum: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Section 4 support have been (a) granted and (b) refused since 23 March 2020.
A
Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 20 May 2020

Published stats will be available on gov.uk in due course, recent statistics since March 2020 are not yet ready for release.  We can confirm that we have seen an increase in Section 4 application and we have moved people who would no longer be eligible for Section 95 support onto Section 4.  We are working to ensure that applications are dealt with efficiently, and that no one should be left destitute.

Q
(Enfield, Southgate)
[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: 15 May 2020
Home Office
Homophobia: Hate Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Ministerial roundtables on homophobia have been held since the Home Office’s Hate Crime Action Plan refresh document was published in 2018.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 20 May 2020

Hate crime of any kind is completely unacceptable. The 2018 refresh of the Hate Crime Action Plan addressed homophobic abuse and can be accessed here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hate-crime-action-plan-2016. The Home Office engaged with Galop’s anti-LGBT hate crime roundtable in 2018 in line with the actions in this plan. The Home Office facilitates meetings with civil society partners who are experts in all strands of hate crime on a quarterly basis.

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(Battersea)
[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: 15 May 2020
Home Office
Stop and Search: Ethnic Groups
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) ethnicity was of each individual subject to and (b) outcome was of each incidence of stop and search since the beginning of the covid-19 lockdown.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 20 May 2020

The information requested is not currently centrally available.

The Home Office collects and publishes statistics on the number of stop and searches including the ethnicity of the person searched and the outcome. Data are published annually in the ‘Police Powers and Procedures, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, the latest of which can be accessed here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales

The next bulletin is due to be published in October 2020.

Q
(Huddersfield)
[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: 15 May 2020
Home Office
Criminal Records: Disclosure of Information
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to reform the disclosure of criminal records to ensure that (a) minor and (b) historical crimes do not appear on enhanced criminal records checks, affecting the job prospects of those convicted years after their conviction.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 20 May 2020

The criminal records disclosure regime is designed to help employers make informed recruitment decisions through the disclosure of appropriate and relevant information, particularly for roles involving children and vulnerable adults.

The Government is considering the judgment in the Supreme Court case of P and others. This judgment found two aspects of the disclosure and barring regime disproportionate. These are the requirements for disclosure where an individual has more than one conviction, irrespective or offence type or time passed and of certain out-of-court disposals issued to young offenders, (in particular, reprimands and warnings).

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(Hornsey and Wood Green)
[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: 15 May 2020
Home Office
Visas: Turkey
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether those on a ECAA-2 visa are eligible for Government support during the covid-19 pandemic.
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Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 20 May 2020

The Government is committed to ensuring people are not unfairly affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as a result of their immigration status.

To this end, a person who holds valid leave under the Turkish European Communities Association Agreement as a business person can benefit from the various schemes that have been introduced for businesses, where they meet the relevant eligibility criteria.

Details of the support available for persons affected by COVID-19 can be found at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19

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Asked by Munira Wilson
(Twickenham)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 15 May 2020
Home Office
Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that parents can apply for a passport for their child in cases where they are unable to register the birth of that child due to the closure of birth registration services as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.
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Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 20 May 2020

The absence of a birth certificate where they are unable to register the birth of that child does not prevent a passport application being submitted, however alternative evidence will need to be provided.

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Asked by Munira Wilson
(Twickenham)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 14 May 2020
Home Office
Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of allowing new births to be registered over the phone where birth registry offices are closed as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.
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Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 20 May 2020

In England and Wales, the relevant legislation does not allow for birth registrations to be completed by telephone.

The Government is considering options for how births can be registered during the situation, whilst respecting prevailing public health guidance and regulations.

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Asked by Munira Wilson
(Twickenham)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 14 May 2020
Home Office
Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to tackle the backlog of appointments to register new births when birth registry offices that are currently closed as a result of the covid-19 outbreak reopen.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 20 May 2020

The Home Office are working with partners across government to develop recovery plans to register all births.

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Asked by Sarah Jones
(Croydon Central)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 15 May 2020
Home Office
Drugs: Organised Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many county line phone numbers have been shut down in each month since December 2019.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 20 May 2020

The National Crime Agency’s most recent strategic assessment of serious and organised crime found that more than 3,000 unique county lines deal line numbers were identified in 2019, of which 800 to 1,100 lines were estimated to be active during a given month.

The Home Office collects and publishes statistics on the number of arrests conducted by each police force in England and Wales on an annual basis. Data are held at the offence group level only (for example ‘Drug offences’). Information on the number of arrests that have been made in operations targeting county lines gangs in each month are not held centrally. The latest bulletin can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-march-2019

We are investing £20m of dedicated funding in 2020/21 to further increase activity against these ruthless gangs. This builds on the £5m programme of work delivered in 19/20 to uplift the law enforcement response. Initial assessment of the outcomes of £5m investment in 19/20 demonstrate it has had a direct impact in disrupting county lines.

Grouped Questions: 47421
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Asked by Sarah Jones
(Croydon Central)
[N]
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Asked on: 15 May 2020
Home Office
Drugs: Organised Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests have been made in operations targeting county lines gangs in each month since December 2019.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 20 May 2020

The National Crime Agency’s most recent strategic assessment of serious and organised crime found that more than 3,000 unique county lines deal line numbers were identified in 2019, of which 800 to 1,100 lines were estimated to be active during a given month.

The Home Office collects and publishes statistics on the number of arrests conducted by each police force in England and Wales on an annual basis. Data are held at the offence group level only (for example ‘Drug offences’). Information on the number of arrests that have been made in operations targeting county lines gangs in each month are not held centrally. The latest bulletin can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-march-2019

We are investing £20m of dedicated funding in 2020/21 to further increase activity against these ruthless gangs. This builds on the £5m programme of work delivered in 19/20 to uplift the law enforcement response. Initial assessment of the outcomes of £5m investment in 19/20 demonstrate it has had a direct impact in disrupting county lines.

Grouped Questions: 47420
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Asked by Sarah Jones
(Croydon Central)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 15 May 2020
Home Office
Drugs: Organised Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the (a) Secretary of State for Education and (b) Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on ensuring that vulnerable children are not exposed to greater risk of county lines recruitment when not in education due to the covid-19 lockdown.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 20 May 2020

The Home Secretary attends a regular ministerial group, also attended by the Department for Education (DfE) and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which discusses a range of issues related to COVID-19 including the impact on vulnerable cohorts.  The Home Office Minister for Safeguarding also has regular discussions with DfE about the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable children, including those at risk of criminal exploitation through county lines.

In addition, the Home Office is working closely with law enforcement partners and charities to monitor the ongoing threat to young people from county lines exploitation.  This year, we are investing £20m to uplift the law enforcement response and increase the support available to those affected.  This is in addition to continuing to the fund the Missing People SafeCall service which provides specialist advice and support to young people and families who are concerned about county lines exploitation.

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Asked by Emma Hardy
(Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle)
[N]
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Asked on: 15 May 2020
Home Office
Migrant Workers: Visas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy not to deport the family members of health care workers in the UK on Tier 2 visas who have died as a result of covid-19.
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Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 20 May 2020

My Rt. Hon Friend, the Home Secretary, confirmed, in a letter to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 29 April, families of eligible frontline healthcare workers who sadly pass away due to contracting the COVID-19 virus, will be granted immediate Indefinite Leave to Remain free of charge.

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Asked by Peter Kyle
(Hove)
Asked on: 18 May 2020
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 21 June 2019 to Question 266278, what plans her Department has to review the decision to not provide EU citizens with physical documentation confirming their settled status after the UK leaves the EU.
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Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 20 May 2020

The Home Office is developing a border and immigration system which is “digital by default” for all migrants, which over time means we will increasingly replace physical and paper-based products and services with accessible, easy to use online and digital services. This mirrors the approach adopted by other countries, such as Australia, in administering their immigration systems and the way in which people increasingly live their lives.

Individuals – including those going through the EU Settlement Scheme - will still receive written notification of their immigration status, by email or letter, which they can retain for their own records. They will also be given access to a digital version of their immigration status information, which can be accessed at any time via the online ‘view and prove’ service, and which unlike a physical document cannot be lost or stolen. It also allows individuals to view information about their status whenever they wish and share it securely with third parties such as employers or public and private service providers.

We are making this move because it provides a better level of service. Individuals have greater transparency and control over their immigration status data, and tailored digital services mean that only the information that the individual agrees to share is shown, unlike a physical document which must fulfil many purposes. Digital services also allow us to provide information in a format that is easy to understand and accessible to all users, removing the need for employers, landlords and others to interpret myriad physical documents, complex legal terminology or confusing abbreviations. Users can be confident that they are getting information direct from Home Office systems and that it tells them what they need to know.

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(Streatham)
Asked on: 20 May 2020
Home Office
Migrant Camps: Calais
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with her French counterpart on the strength of force used by police forces on migrants in Calais.
Q
(Motherwell and Wishaw)
Asked on: 20 May 2020
Home Office
Home Office: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of time was for Ministers of her Department to respond to correspondence from hon. Members in each month in the last two years.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 20 May 2020
Home Office
Asylum: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons asylum support rates are lower in 2020 than they were in 2002; and if she will make a statement.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 20 May 2020
Home Office
Immigration: Applications
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support her Department is providing to (a) asylum seekers and (b) migrants who are (i) vulnerable and (ii) digitally excluded, to complete their immigration applications during the covid-19 pandemic.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 20 May 2020
Home Office
Deportation: Poland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the deportation flight on 30 April 2020 from Stanstead Airport to Poland, what assessment she has made of its effect on (a) international efforts to contain the covid-19 pandemic and (b) the health and safety of (i) passengers and (ii) staff onboard that flight.
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