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(Birmingham, Edgbaston)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Sikhs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the (a) research and (b) reports that her Department has commissioned and requested on (i) the Sikh community and (ii) Sikh groups and organisations in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

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

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Asked by John Mann
(Bassetlaw)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Football: Money Laundering
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the 92 football league teams have been the subject of money laundering investigations in the last five years; and how many of those investigations are ongoing.
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Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Money laundering investigations are a matter for law enforcement agencies, who are operationally independent.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the status of EU (a) nationals and (b) doctors working in the UK will be if they do not apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 December 2020.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Individuals working in the UK who are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme but fail to do so by 31 December 2020 in a no-deal EU-exit scenario will not have lawful status under UK immigration legislation. The Government has made clear that we will accept late applications to the scheme from those who have reasonable grounds for missing the deadline.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to make the EU Settlement Scheme App available on Apple devices before the UK's scheduled departure from the EU on 31 October 2019.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

EU citizens make a huge contribution to our economy and society, and we want them to stay. The EU Settlement Scheme enables them to do so. The ‘EU Exit: Identity Document Check’ app is an optional aspect of the service which allows applicants to prove their identity remotely using their biometric identity document and an android smartphone device.


We have been working closely with Apple over a number of months and expect the first IOS version of the EU Settlement Scheme app to be available in October.

Despite this there are numerous ways in which those eligible can apply, including by post.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of her Department's capacity to register EU nationals who are already in the UK by the end of December 2020, in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

We are fully committed to ensuring that our operational teams have the re-sources they need to run an efficient and effective migration system. In addition to the new technology and processes, we have over 1,500 UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) European Casework staff in post to process applications, along with 250 staff handling calls and emails, helping people with their individual cases.

In the event of the UK leaving the UK without a withdrawal agreement, the EU Settlement Scheme will remain open until at least 31st December 2020 for EEA nationals and their family members resident in the UK at the date of exit. European temporary leave to remain will be granted to EEA and Swiss citizens newly arriving in the UK after exit to live, study and work here for a period longer than three months.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to increase communication with EU nationals on the EU settlement scheme.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It is vital that the over three million EU citizens and their family members living in the UK understand how and when to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

When the scheme launched fully in March, the department delivered a £3.75m marketing campaign to raise awareness of the scheme. More than one million people have now been granted status and EU citizens and their families have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply.

Advertising and local events are underway to support the cross government Get Ready campaign and further publicity will roll out over the lifetime of the Scheme. All available channels will be used to reach our audiences – such as direct marketing, radio, video-on-demand and outdoor advertising, presentations, email updates, toolkits and webinars to name a few – to direct EU citizens towards reliable sources of information on GOV.UK and the application itself.

No-one will be left behind which is why we are also working in partnership with vulnerable group representatives, local authorities and other experts to make sure everyone knows what they need to do and has the right level of support.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Home Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings her Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It is the duty of any responsible Government to prepare for every eventuality including the scenario that we leave the EU without agreeing a deal.


We are working closely with operational partners - including the police - on contingency planning so we can ensure the safety and security of our citizens in all scenarios.

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(Cambridge)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens have been granted settled status in the UK by constituency.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Official statistics – ‘EU Settlement Scheme quarterly statistics, June 2019’ – providing detailed information regarding operation of the scheme were pub-lished on 22 August 2019, including applications received by local authority. These can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/eu-settlement-scheme-quarterly-statistics-june-2019

Information on applications concluded by nationality, age group and UK country are also included.

The fourth monthly summary report EU Settlement Scheme statistics, July 2019 – on the scheme were published on 15 August 2019. These can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/eu-settlement-scheme-statistics-may-2019 and show that as of 31 July 2019, over one million (1,040,600) EU citizens and their families from across the UK have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Grouped Questions: 285295
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(Cambridge)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of EU citizens in each constituency who have not yet applied for settled status and need to do so to remain in the UK.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Official statistics – ‘EU Settlement Scheme quarterly statistics, June 2019’ – providing detailed information regarding operation of the scheme were pub-lished on 22 August 2019, including applications received by local authority. These can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/eu-settlement-scheme-quarterly-statistics-june-2019

Information on applications concluded by nationality, age group and UK country are also included.

The fourth monthly summary report EU Settlement Scheme statistics, July 2019 – on the scheme were published on 15 August 2019. These can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/eu-settlement-scheme-statistics-may-2019 and show that as of 31 July 2019, over one million (1,040,600) EU citizens and their families from across the UK have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Grouped Questions: 285294
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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Home Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings her Department has had with Leeds City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It is the duty of any responsible Government to prepare for every eventuality including the scenario that we leave the EU without agreeing a deal.


We are working closely with operational partners - including the police - on contingency planning so we can ensure the safety and security of our citizens in all scenarios.

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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to issue guidance on the European Temporary Leave to Remain immigration system for (a) prospective migrants to the UK and (b) employers.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

When the UK leaves the European Union on 31 October, free movement as it currently stands will end, if the UK leaves without a deal. The details of new immigration arrangements for EU citizens moving to the UK after a no deal Brexit were announced on 4 September (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2019-09-04/HCWS1817/).


To remain in the UK after 2020, EU citizens moving to the UK after a no deal Brexit, and their close family members, will be able to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain. Under this scheme EU citizens will be granted a period of 36 months’ leave to remain in the UK, which will provide them and their employers, with greater confidence and certainty during the transitional period before the new points-based immigration system is introduced from January 2021.

The rights of EU citizens resident in the UK before Brexit are unchanged and will be protected by the status they can obtain under the EU Settlement Scheme, as more than one million of them have already done. They will have at least until 31 December 2020 to make an application under that scheme.

Until the new points-based immigration system is introduced in 2021, EU citizens will be able to prove their right to take up employment, as now, by using their passport or national identity card. Alternatively, those with status under the EU Settlement Scheme or with European Temporary Leave to Remain may choose to use the Home Office on-line checking service to demonstrate their entitlement. When the new points-based immigration system is introduced from January 2021, employers will need to check that, in respect of any new recruitment, an EU citizen has a valid UK immigration status.

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

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens in London have received (a) settled status and (b) pre-settled status.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Published information on EU Settlement Scheme conclusions by outcome type and UK country can be found in the Home Office’s ‘EU Settlement Scheme quarterly statistics’, quarterly statistics tables, table EUSS_05, available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/826751/eu-settlement-scheme-quarterly-statistics-tables-28-august-2018-to-30-june-2019.ods.

Published information on EU Settlement Scheme applications by region and local authority can be found in the Home Office’s ‘EU Settlement Scheme quarterly statistics’, local authority statistics tables, table EUSS_LA, available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/826752/eu-settlement-scheme-local-authority-statistics-28-august-2018-to-30-june-2019.ods.

The Home Office does not currently publish statistics on EU Settlement Scheme application outcomes by region.

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(Liverpool, Wavertree)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Databases: EU Countries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for national security of the end of data sharing with EU member states.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Much of our national security cooperation with our European partners takes place outside EU structures and so is not dependent on our membership. We continue to work intensively with operational partners to ensure that we are ready for any eventuality.

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(Nottingham East)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 04 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will detail the alternative entry requirements facing EU citizens arriving in the UK after 1 November 2019 following her announcement to end freedom of movement from the EU into the UK.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

When the UK leaves the European Union (EU) on 31 October, free movement as it currently stands will end, if the UK leaves without a deal. The details of new immigration arrangements for EU citizens moving to the UK after a no deal Brexit were announced on 4 September (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2019-09-04/HCWS1817/).

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(Liverpool, Wavertree)
[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: 04 September 2019
Home Office
Disclosure of Information: EU Countries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for national security should cross-border data sharing with the EU end as a result of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Much of our national security cooperation with our European partners takes place outside the EU structures and so is not dependent on our membership. We continue to work intensively with operational partners to ensure that we are ready for any eventuality.

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Asked by Kate Green
(Stretford and Urmston)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Young Offenders: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether children in secure care or detention are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 06 September 2019

A person’s continuity of residence in the UK for the purposes of eligibility under the EU Settlement Scheme is broken when they serve a sentence of imprisonment. They will not generally be eligible to apply to the scheme while they are serving that sentence.

This is consistent with EU law on free movement, as currently given effect in the UK by the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016. This provision applies to children in detention as it does for all applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Grouped Questions: 282340
Q
Asked by Kate Green
(Stretford and Urmston)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Young Offenders: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a period of imprisonment will be included in an assessment of a child's (a) eligibility and (b) continuous residence criteria under the EU settlement scheme.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 06 September 2019

A person’s continuity of residence in the UK for the purposes of eligibility under the EU Settlement Scheme is broken when they serve a sentence of imprisonment. They will not generally be eligible to apply to the scheme while they are serving that sentence.

This is consistent with EU law on free movement, as currently given effect in the UK by the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016. This provision applies to children in detention as it does for all applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Grouped Questions: 282339
Q
(Slough)
[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: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will provide translations of the EU Settlement Scheme publications (a) Leaflet 1: Important information for EU citizens in the UK and (b) Leaflet 2: Application guidance for EU citizens in the UK into each official language of the EU.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 05 September 2019

It is vital that the over three million EU citizens and their family members living in the UK understand how and when to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme. At the end of March, the Home Office launched a new national marketing campaign to encourage EU citizens to apply.

The Home Office has translated advertising and communications materials into 25 European languages and Welsh. This includes the applicant guidance, poster, factsheet and videos. These materials are all available on GOV.UK.

The Home Office continually reviews it translated materials and translated communications and engagement materials will continue to be available throughout the lifetime of the Scheme.

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(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: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Action Fraud: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the performance of Action Fraud and publish the results.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 05 September 2019

This Government is determined to crack down on fraudsters and it is vital that victims have the confidence to come forward and know that their case will be dealt with properly.

The allegations concerning Action Fraud Contact Centre staff behaviour, reported recently in The Times articles, raises serious concerns. The Home Secretary has asked the City of London Police to set out how they intend to respond to these allegations. I will closely monitor the response and the performance of Action Fraud.

Action Fraud is the national reporting service for fraud and cyber crime. It receives reports from the public via its call centre and its website, however the operational response to fraud, including decision to investigate, remains with individual forces.

Grouped Questions: 284620 | 285011
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(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: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Action Fraud: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will undertake an investigation into reports that Action Fraud call handlers are coached to tell callers to that helpline that they are talking to police officers.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 05 September 2019

This Government is determined to crack down on fraudsters and it is vital that victims have the confidence to come forward and know that their case will be dealt with properly.

The allegations concerning Action Fraud Contact Centre staff behaviour, reported recently in The Times articles, raises serious concerns. The Home Secretary has asked the City of London Police to set out how they intend to respond to these allegations. I will closely monitor the response and the performance of Action Fraud.

Action Fraud is the national reporting service for fraud and cyber crime. It receives reports from the public via its call centre and its website, however the operational response to fraud, including decision to investigate, remains with individual forces.

Grouped Questions: 284631 | 285011
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