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Asked by Yvette Cooper
(Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)
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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: 06 March 2018
Women and Equalities
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what formal powers the Equality and Human Rights Commission has to investigate breaches of equality legislation.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 12 March 2018

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)’s powers to investigate breaches of equality legislation are set out in Section 20 of the Equality Act 2006. The Commission may investigate whether or not a person has committed an unlawful act; has complied with a requirement imposed by an unlawful act notice under section 21 of the act; or has complied with an undertaking given under section 23 of the Act.

More generally, EHRC’s enforcement powers, which include these investigatory powers, are set out in sections 20 – 32 of the Act as amended by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.

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Asked by Yvette Cooper
(Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)
[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: 06 March 2018
Ministry of Justice
Parole Board
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will make it her policy to make retrospective any changes her Department proposes to the transparency of Parole Board decision-making.
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Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 12 March 2018

The review of the transparency of Parole Board decision-making remains a priority for me and for the Government. We will have completed the review by Easter, and the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice will report thereafter.

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Asked by Yvette Cooper
(Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)
[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: 06 March 2018
Home Office
Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people detained in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in 2017 had been (a) detained for (i) 0-3 months, (ii) 3-5 months, (iii) 5-7 months; (iv) 7-9 months, (v) 9-12 months and (vi) 12 months or more, (b) released from detention without removal and (c) removed from the country.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 12 March 2018

Information on the people leaving detention, by length of detention is available in table dt_06 of the detention tables.

Information on people leaving detention, by reason and place of last detention is available in table dt_07 of the detention tables

The latest data, published in ‘Immigration Statistics, October to December 2017’, are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/681703/detention-oct-dec-2017-tables.ods

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Asked by Yvette Cooper
(Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)
[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: 06 March 2018
Home Office
Immigrants: Detainees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were detained in immigration removal centres in 2017; and of those people so detained, how many were subsequently granted refugee or humanitarian protection status.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 12 March 2018

The UK has a proud history to providing refuge to those who need our protection. Information on the number of asylum claims, subsequent grants of asylum and humanitarian protection, irrespective of whether the individual was detained, is available in table as_01 of the latest release of the ‘Immigration Statistics, October to December 2017’. This is available on the Home Office website at; https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-october-to-december-2017-data-tables

Information on people entering detention in 2017 is available in table dt_01 of the detention tables in the latest release of ‘Immigration Statistics, October to December 2017’, available from the Home Office website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/681703/detention-oct-dec-2017-tables.ods. The table shows the figures broken down by those people who had claimed asylum at some point.

Detention is used as an appropriate measure of immigration control however the number of people granted asylum or humanitarian protection after being detained is not currently published and would require a manual check of each record.

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Asked by Yvette Cooper
(Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)
[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: 06 March 2018
Home Office
Immigrants: Detainees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees in immigration removal centres in 2017 were pregnant women.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 12 March 2018

Through section 60 of the Immigration Act 2016, which came into force on 12 July 2016, we have placed a 72 hour limit on the detention of pregnant women for the purposes of removal, extendable to up to a week in total with Ministerial authorisation.

It may not always be appropriate for healthcare professionals to disclose confidential medical information that the patient has asked not to be disclosed. Subject to these limitations, Home Office management information indicates that fewer than 55 pregnant women were detained in the immigration detention estate in 2017. These statistics have been taken from a live operational database. As such, numbers may change as information on that system is updated.

The section 60 limitations, along with a new policy on adults at risk in detention, and other improvements to case working processes, represent a comprehensive package of safeguards for pregnant women in the immigration system.

Home Officials will work with any individual at any time, including those whom we detain, to assist with their return, if they decide to leave the UK voluntarily.

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Asked by Yvette Cooper
(Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Women and Equalities
Employment: Equality
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, which (a) Government Departments and (b) public sector agencies have powers to investigate breaches of (i) equality law and (ii) employment law.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 13 February 2018

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has powers to investigate breaches of equality law.

Public bodies with the powers to investigate breaches of employment law are as follows:

• HM Revenue & Customs on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - breaches relating to the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage;
• The Employment Agency Standards inspectorate (part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) - breaches relating to the domestic regulations applicable to employment agencies and employment businesses;
• The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority - breaches relating to temporary labour in high risk sectors in the fresh food supply chain. The Authority also has powers to investigate modern slavery and other labour abuse offences;
• The Health & Safety Executive, and other health & safety regulators - breaches relating to health and safety at work including elements of the Working Time Regulations.

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Asked by Yvette Cooper
(Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)
[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: 05 February 2018
Ministry of Justice
Parole Board
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for the review of the transparency of Parole Board decision-making.
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Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 08 February 2018

The review of the transparency of Parole Board decision- making remains a priority for the Government. The intention is that we will have completed the review by Easter.

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Asked by Yvette Cooper
(Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)
[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: 05 January 2018
Home Office
Temporary Exclusion Orders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many temporary exclusion orders have been imposed on people under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 in each year.
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Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 10 January 2018

Temporary exclusion orders have been used several times since they were introduced in 2015.

The last publication of the Annual Transparency Report on Disruptive and Investigative Powers published in February 2017 confirmed that the power had not been used as at the date of that publication.

The next Annual Transparency Report, due for publication in Spring 2018, will confirm how many times the power has been used during 2017.

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 requires a permit to return to be issued to facilitate the return of a UK national who is subject to a temporary exclusion order, if the subject applies for one, or if they are being deported to the UK. Permits to return have been issued on several occasions.

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Asked by Yvette Cooper
(Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)
[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 January 2018
Home Office
Passports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people had passports seized and temporarily retained under section 1 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017.
A
Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 10 January 2018

Schedule 1 to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 enables police officers at ports to seize and temporarily retain travel documents to disrupt immediate travel, when they reasonably suspect that a person intends to travel to engage in terrorism related activity outside the UK.

Between February and December 2015, the power was exercised 24 times.

We aim to publish figures on an annual basis, and we will publish information on the use of the power during 2016 and 2017 shortly in the 2018 Government transparency report.

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Asked by Yvette Cooper
(Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)
[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 January 2018
Home Office
Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any permits to return have been issued under section 5 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.
A
Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 10 January 2018

Temporary exclusion orders have been used several times since they were introduced in 2015.

The last publication of the Annual Transparency Report on Disruptive and Investigative Powers published in February 2017 confirmed that the power had not been used as at the date of that publication.

The next Annual Transparency Report, due for publication in Spring 2018, will confirm how many times the power has been used during 2017.

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 requires a permit to return to be issued to facilitate the return of a UK national who is subject to a temporary exclusion order, if the subject applies for one, or if they are being deported to the UK. Permits to return have been issued on several occasions.

Grouped Questions: 121325
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Asked by Yvette Cooper
(Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)
[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 January 2018
Home Office
Undocumented Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penalties by type have been issued for employing illegal workers in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 10 January 2018

Information on the number of civil penalties issued to employers for employing illegal workers in the financial years 2012/13 to 2016/17, and for the current financial year to the end of December, is in the attached table. The figures are for all civil penalties issued to employers in the periods shown, as different types of civil penalties do not exist.

Financial yearsNumber of initial penalties issued
2012/131,270
2013/142,149
2014/151,974
2015/162,594
2016/172,933
2017/18 (up to 30/12/17)1,656

Please note the figures are for penalties levied at the initial decision stage which may be reduced, cancelled, increased or reissued at the objection or appeal stage.

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