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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
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'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: 24 October 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taken to ensure that the Status Checking Programme is fully operational before the UK leaves the EU.
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Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 05 November 2019

The online status service for those granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme has been operational since summer 2018, and has already been used by hundreds of thousands of individuals to check their status information. Since the end of September 2019, those granted status under the Settlement Scheme have been able to share that status with any third party via a simple online service.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 29 October 2019
Home Office
Undocumented Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration’s inspection into the Home Office’s Approach to Illegal Working, published 9 May 2019, how much her Department spent on on-site immigration officials from October 2016 to September 2018.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 05 November 2019

The service is provided to partners at their request on a cost recovery, not for profit basis and the costs of the service are recovered from our partners. The fees for the service are set out in the Home Office immigration and nationality fees order of 29 March 2019.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 29 October 2019
Home Office
Undocumented Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration’s inspection into the Home Office’s Approach to Illegal Working, published 9 May 2019, if she will publish the Memorandum of Understandings referenced in paragraphs (a) 7.2, (b) 11.33 and (c) 11.5 and (d) 12.13.
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Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 05 November 2019

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

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 29 October 2019
Home Office
Undocumented Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the number of arrests resulting from illegal working deployments by ICE teams between 1 April 2015 and 1 October 2019, by ethnicity.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 05 November 2019

The Home Office is unable to provide information on the ethnicity of individuals arrested by Immigration Enforcement teams as the information requested is not recorded in a reportable format.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 29 October 2019
Home Office
Community Development
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many community events have been (a) held and (b) hosted by the National Community Engagement team in the last 12 months.
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Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 05 November 2019

20 community events have been held /hosted by the National Community Engagement Team in the last 12 months.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 29 October 2019
Home Office
Community Development
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many events hosted by the National Community Engagement team have taken place at (a) a community centre, (b) a place of worship and (c) within local authorities premises.
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Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 05 November 2019

16 events hosted by the National Community Engagement Team have been hosted at community centres.

3 events hosted by the National Community Engagement Team have been hosted at a place of worship.

1 event hosted by the National Community Engagement Team has been hosted within local authorities’ premises.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 29 October 2019
Home Office
Undocumented Migrants
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals without leave to remain have been encountered by the Home Office through the National Community Engagement team.
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Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 05 November 2019

I can confirm that the Home Office does not hold the information requested. This is because a head count would not have been taken as a matter of course at the events and no central database regarding these events is maintained. Additionally, we do not record any personal information relating to any individuals who attend engagement events.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 29 October 2019
Department for International Development
Africa and Asia: Malnutrition
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans his Department has to introduce programmes to tackle malnutrition in refugee children in (a) Asia and (b) Africa.
A
Answered by: Dr Andrew Murrison
Answered on: 05 November 2019

The UK is committed to supporting refugees and we remain at the forefront of responding to refugee crises. From Uganda and Ethiopia to Bangladesh, UK support is tackling malnutrition in tens of thousands of refugee children and young people around the world.

Since 2015 DFID has reached 60.3 million people with nutrition services in 25 countries, including Bangladesh, Somalia, Myanmar, Ethiopia and Yemen. This includes supporting life-saving treatment for children with acute malnutrition, targeted nutrition support for pregnant and breastfeeding women and investments to monitor the severity of malnutrition to enable earlier action to prevent people dying of this preventable condition.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 29 October 2019
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Nutrition
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to integrate nutrition objectives into its resilience building programmes in fragile and conflict affected states.
A
Answered by: Dr Andrew Murrison
Answered on: 05 November 2019

Malnutrition is the underlying cause of 45% of all child mortality and so effective prevention and treatment of malnutrition is critical for ending preventable deaths – a priority for the UK government as announced recently.

Since 2015 DFID has reached 60.3 million women, adolescent girls and children with nutrition-related services, including in fragile and conflict affected states such as Somalia, Myanmar, and Yemen, and among refugee populations in Uganda and Bangladesh.

This includes supporting life-saving treatment for children with acute malnutrition, targeted nutrition support for pregnant and breastfeeding women and investments to monitor the severity of malnutrition to enable earlier action to prevent people dying of this preventable condition.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 29 October 2019
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Malnutrition
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effect of malnutrition on the (a) health, (b) resilience and (c) economic potential of populations in fragile and conflict-affected states.
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Answered by: Dr Andrew Murrison
Answered on: 05 November 2019

Malnutrition puts children and mothers at greater risk of getting sick and dying. It also stops children learning properly and results in them earning significantly less as adults. This has devastating effects on health, resilience, and economic potential, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected states where malnutriton remains persistently high. We have therefore announced that the UK will step up its efforts to end the preventable deaths of mothers, new-borns, and children.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 29 October 2019
Department for International Development
Somalia: Malnutrition
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to integrate malnutrition prevention and treatment objectives into his Department's resilience programmes in Somalia.
A
Answered by: Andrew Stephenson
Answered on: 05 November 2019

The UK has been at the forefront of building resilience in Somalia since 2013 and is widely acknowledged to have played a leading role in preventing famine in 2017. Our current four year £64 million Building Resilient Communities in Somalia programme has fully integrated the prevention and treatment of malnutrition within the overall community driven approach and will contribute to improved outcomes for malnourished children. The programme is expected to support at least 160,000 women and children through malnutrition treatment and prevention services by 2022. Other donors are following our lead to build resilience in Somalia and break the cycle of dependency on relief aid.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 29 October 2019
Department for International Development
South Sudan: Malnutrition
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to integrate malnutrition prevention and treatment into his Department's resilience programmes in South Sudan.
A
Answered by: Andrew Stephenson
Answered on: 05 November 2019

Through our livelihoods and resilience programming in South Sudan, DFID is working with partners to tackle the underlying causes of food insecurity and malnutrition. This includes: supporting households to diversify their income and food sources through crop and vegetable production, fishing and small livestock; working with traders to kick start markets; and supporting training that builds the knowledge and skills which underpin nutritious diets.

These approaches complement the life-saving provision of food, water, nutrition products and medicine through DFID’s humanitarian programming. In addition, DFID’s Health Pooled Fund programme is improving access to nutrition services – both screening and treatment – as part of a package of life-saving care in 800 health centres across South Sudan. In the last year 480,000 children under five were assessed for malnutrition.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 29 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Cancer: Diagnosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Written Statement of 16 September 2019, Official Report, HCWS11, when Professor Sir Mike Richards plans to publish his follow-up report on diagnostic capacity.
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Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

As outlined in the published Terms of Reference for Professor Sir Mike Richards’ review of national adult screening programmes, the follow-up report on diagnostic capacity will be published by the end of the year. A copy of the related Terms of Reference can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/review-of-national-cancer-screening-programmes-tor-20191016.pdf

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 29 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Breast Cancer: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Written Statement of 16 September 2019, Official Report, HCWS11, what the timeframe is for NHSX to complete its delivery of new IT systems to support the breast screening programme.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

NHSX, Public Health England, NHS Digital, NHS England and NHS Improvement have established a programme to modernise the IT systems on which the national screening programmes are delivered. The programme is applying the Government Digital Service’s ‘agile’ approach and has recently commenced a prototyping ('alpha') phase focussed on the “call and recall” of screening participants. The alpha will end in January 2020, at which point it will be clearer what is required and the likely timescales.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
[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: 29 October 2019
Home Office
Deportation: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU nationals were removed from the UK for failing to exercise their treaty rights in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016, (d) 2017 (e) 2018 and (f) 2019.
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Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 05 November 2019

The Home Office publishes data on returns quarterly and this can be found in table RT_05-q on gov.uk - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-statistics

EU nationals will be removed for either not exercising treaty rights or on criminality grounds. Returns of Foreign National Offenders broken down by EU/Non-EU can be found at table RT_06_q. The remainder are individuals who are not exercising treaty rights.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 29 October 2019
Home Office
Deportation: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU nationals who had not served a prison sentence in the UK were deported in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016, (d) 2017, (e) 2018 and (f) 2019.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 05 November 2019

The Home Office does publish quarterly statistics on the numbers of EU Foreign Nationals removed from the UK. This data can be found by accessing the following. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-june-2019/list-of-tables

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 01 November 2019
Home Office
Immigration: Windrush Generation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she is aware of meetings that have taken place between the office of Wendy Williams and stakeholder (a) individuals and (b) organisations on the Windrush lessons learned review.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 05 November 2019

We are aware that the review has engaged with a broad range of stakeholders as set out in the published methodology. As the review is independent, other than those publicly advertised, the detail of that engagement is not known by the Department.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 01 November 2019
Home Office
Immigration: Windrush Generation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date her Department will publish a timetable for delivery of the final report of the Windrush lessons learned review.
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Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 05 November 2019

Once the final report has been received, we will publish as soon as practicable.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 01 November 2019
Home Office
Immigration: Windrush Generation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times officials in her Department have met with the office of Wendy Williams.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 05 November 2019

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

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 01 November 2019
Home Office
Serious and Organised Crime Review
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether survivor support will be considered as part of the review into serious and organised crime led by Sir Craig Mackey.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 05 November 2019

The review will cover the powers, capabilities, governance and effectiveness of funding across the policing and law enforcement landscape, including the NCA and the wider justice system, and will make recommendations that should be delivered through the 2020 spending review to strengthen the SOC system.

The review – the first of its type to consider what needs to be done across the policing and law enforcement landscape to improve our response to serious and organised crime in England and Wales - will be led by Sir Craig Mackey QPM, with support from stakeholders and advisors from law enforcement and national security. As the review is independent, we cannot anticipate which stakeholders Sir Craig will consult with as part of the review.

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