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Unique Identifying Number – Every written question in the House of Commons has a UIN per Parliament. In the House of Lords each written questions has a UIN per parliamentary session.
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Asked by John Spellar
(Warley)
Asked on: 01 March 2018
Home Office
Home Office: Chief Scientific Advisers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the last time was that each Minister in her Department met the Departments Chief Scientific Adviser.
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Answered by: Amber Rudd
Answered on: 08 March 2018

Home Office Ministers have regular meetings as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.

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Asked by Jess Phillips
(Birmingham, Yardley)
Asked on: 24 January 2018
Home Office
Home Office: Presidents Club
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any Ministers in her Department attended the Presidents Club Charity Dinner run by the Meller Educational Trust in an official capacity.
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Answered by: Amber Rudd
Answered on: 02 February 2018

No Home Office Minister attended the Presidents Club Charity Dinner.

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Asked by Norman Lamb
(North Norfolk)
Asked on: 23 January 2018
Home Office
Home Office: Chief Scientific Adviser
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings she had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between October and December 2017.
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Answered by: Amber Rudd
Answered on: 30 January 2018

Home Office Ministers have regular meetings as part of the process of policy development and delivery.

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(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 18 January 2018
Women and Equalities
Gender Recognition
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she or her officials have met representatives from Stonewall to discuss Stonewall's LGBT in Britain: Trans Report.
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Answered by: Amber Rudd
Answered on: 25 January 2018

I have met with Stonewall since my appointment as Minister for Women and Equalities and we discussed this report.

My officials also regularly engage with Stonewall on various matters associated with LGBT Policy, including how the Government can improve outcomes for transgender people.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
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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: 20 December 2017
Home Office
Refugees: British Nationality
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of nationalisation fees on the UK's obligations under Article 32 of the 1954 convention to facilitate the applications for British citizenship for stateless persons.
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Answered by: Amber Rudd
Answered on: 08 January 2018

An impact assessment was completed in early 2016 which considered the changes being made as part of the Immigration and Nationality Fees Order (2016), the details of which can be found via the following link:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukia/2016/33/pdfs/ukia_20160033_en.pdf

We believe the current policy which requires payment of a fee for all applications for British Citizenship, meets our international obligations.

Article 32 does not prohibit charging fees to stateless individuals. The current cost of limited and indefinite leave to remain for those who enter the UK on a five-year route to settlement is approximately £4,750. We feel that waiving these fees for stateless individuals up to the point of settlement, but requiring a fee upon becoming a British citizen is fair.

Taking this approach does not mean that the entitlement to apply for citizenship is lost, but rather deferred, until the fee is affordable. Our current approach allows us to fulfil our convention obligations whilst reducing the burden on the UK taxpayer; therefore striking the right balance for all.

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Asked by Stephen Timms
(East Ham)
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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: 20 December 2017
Home Office
Migration Advisory Committee
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2017 to Question 118914, whether the September 2018 report of the independent Migration Advisory Committee will be made available to Parliament upon completion.
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Answered by: Amber Rudd
Answered on: 08 January 2018

The Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) 2018 report will be published. The MAC publishes its reports at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/migration-advisory-committee

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Asked by Heidi Allen
(South Cambridgeshire)
[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: 21 December 2017
Home Office
Asylum
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many parents have been (a) granted and (b) refused a visa to join their child with either refugee leave or humanitarian protection in the UK in (i) 2015, (ii) 2016 and (iii) 2017.
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Answered by: Amber Rudd
Answered on: 08 January 2018

The specific information you have requested is not currently published.

Published statistics on visa applications in the Family category can be found online at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/662518/entry-visas1-jul-sep-2017-tables.ods

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Asked by Heidi Allen
(South Cambridgeshire)
[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: 21 December 2017
Home Office
Asylum
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people seeking family reunion with extended family members in the UK have (a) applied for and (b) been granted asylum in exceptional circumstances in each of the last three years.
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Answered by: Amber Rudd
Answered on: 08 January 2018

The Home Office does not record information in such a way to be able to report on the number of people seeking family reunion with extended family members in the UK and an individual cannot apply to be considered for family reunion under the exceptional circumstance arrangements. Instead, they would apply for Family Reunion under the Immigration Rules but, if they are refused under the Rules, the Home Office would then go on to consider whether there are exceptional circumstances.

As such, the figures for applications and visas issued under the Rules and under the exceptional circumstances arrangements are as follows:

Total number of Family Reunion applications – age at the date of application -under 18

Total number of Family Reunion applications – age at date of application - over 18

Total number of Family Reunion visas issued (‘Family Other’ category)

Total number of Family Reunion visas issued under exceptional circumstances arrangements

2015

4,980

3,220

4,887

21

2016

4,811

3,701

6,098

49

2017 (up to 30 September 2017)

2,625

2,821

3,801

49

All those issued a family reunion visa are granted leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom, not asylum. The family reunion application process does not require an assessment of the applicant’s international protection needs. It is the family member in the UK that is required to have been granted refugee status or Humanitarian Protection.

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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: 08 January 2018
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
What guidance and support her Department is providing to EU citizens on registering for settled status before the UK leaves the EU.
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Answered by: Amber Rudd
Answered on: 08 January 2018

There will be a streamlined and digital process for EU citizens applying for settled status, that minimises the administrative burden and helps to ensure swift and successful applications. My Department is engaging frequently with representatives of EU citizens in the UK, so we can design a system that best addresses their needs. This includes guidance for the new scheme, which is being developed and will be published in due course.

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Asked by John Spellar
(Warley)
[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: 08 January 2018
Home Office
Immigration
Commons
How many applications for leave to remain are under consideration by her Department.
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Answered by: Amber Rudd
Answered on: 08 January 2018

At the end of September 2017, at the time of our last published data, 86,219 applications for limited leave to remain were under consideration by the Department.

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Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 30 October 2017
Home Office
Home Office: Travel
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which tickets relating to which journeys set out in the transparency release, entitled Ministerial overseas travel, April to June 2017, published on 13 October 2017, were (a) first, (b) business, (c) economy and (d) any other class.
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Answered by: Amber Rudd
Answered on: 02 November 2017

The Home Secretary travelled in business class to Canada in June 2017.

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Asked by Dr Rupa Huq
(Ealing Central and Acton)
[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: 10 October 2017
Home Office
Family Planning: Clinics
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to strengthen public order legislation to address protests by religious and other groups outside family planning clinics.
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Answered by: Amber Rudd
Answered on: 16 October 2017

Peaceful protest is a vital part of a democratic society. However, the Government is clear that rights to peaceful protest do not extend to harassment, intimidating behaviour or serious disruption to the community and the law provides protection against such behaviour. The police have a range of powers to manage protests and the use of police powers is an operational matter for them.

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(Dewsbury)
[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: 11 September 2017
Home Office
Home Office: Official Engagements
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will provide a list of her official engagements since the commencement of the current Parliament when the constituency's hon. Member was (a) invited and (b) not invited.
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Answered by: Amber Rudd
Answered on: 14 September 2017

The Home Office publishes details of meetings with external organisations on a quarterly basis on gov.uk.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/home-office-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings-january-to-march-2017.

My office notifies Members when I am attending an official event in their constituency, in accordance with paragraph 10.9 of the Ministerial Code.

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Asked by Keith Vaz
(Leicester East)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 20 July 2017
Home Office
Home Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many special advisers she employs in her Department (a) in total, (b) who are women and (c) who are from ethnic minority backgrounds.
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Answered by: Amber Rudd
Answered on: 05 September 2017

Currently the Home Office has four special advisors. One of which is female and one is from an ethnic minority background.

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(Arfon)
Asked on: 14 July 2017
Home Office
Home Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff in her Department have responsibilities relating to the UK leaving the EU.
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Answered by: Amber Rudd
Answered on: 24 July 2017

The UK’s exit from the EU is a cross-government operation. The Department for Exiting the European Union is doing detailed work with departments to prepare for the upcoming negotiations by understanding the risks and opportunities of leaving the EU and coordinating planning.

Staff within the Home Office Europe Directorate and the Border Immigration and Citizenship System Policy and Strategy Group lead on providing advice to Ministers on EU exit and exit related issues. Members of staff across the Department also provide advice and analysis on EU exit issues as required.

Given the interactions between EU exit work and the Department’s other priorities, it would not be possible to give an accurate figure on how many staff in the Home Office have responsibilities relating to exiting the EU.

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