Debates between Lord Green of Deddington and Lord Sharpe of Epsom during the 2019-2024 Parliament

Wed 29th Nov 2023
Mon 28th Feb 2022
Nationality and Borders Bill
Lords Chamber

Lords Hansard - Part 1 & Report stage & Report stage: Part 1

Net Migration

Debate between Lord Green of Deddington and Lord Sharpe of Epsom
Wednesday 29th November 2023

(7 months, 3 weeks ago)

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Lord Green of Deddington Portrait Lord Green of Deddington
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To ask His Majesty’s Government why net migration rose to 745,000 in 2022, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics on 23 November; and what plans they have to reduce it.

Lord Sharpe of Epsom Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Sharpe of Epsom) (Con)
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My Lords, the increase in net migration since 2021 reflects a number of important factors including the introduction of our humanitarian routes, such as the Ukrainian and British national (overseas) schemes, and an increase in non-EU students and workers. Earlier this year we introduced measures to tackle the substantial rise in students bringing dependants to the UK, and the Government will announce details of further measures to reduce net migration in due course.

Lord Green of Deddington Portrait Lord Green of Deddington (CB)
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My Lords, I thank the Minister for his outline, if I may call it that. It may help the House to consider the last two years of net migration because that comes to a total of 1.2 million people, and the significance of that is that it is the population of Birmingham. When you think about that, of course you think about the enormous expenditure there will be on infrastructure, hospitals and so on in return for a large number of immigrants, many of whom are relatively low paid. The impact on housing, schools, medical services—

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Lord Green of Deddington Portrait Lord Green of Deddington (CB)
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I am so sorry; I got that in the wrong order. My question is to ask His Majesty’s Government why net migration rose to 745,000 in 2022, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics on 23 November; and what plans they have to reduce it.

Lord Sharpe of Epsom Portrait Lord Sharpe of Epsom (Con)
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As I alluded to in my opening Answer, there are well-understood reasons why net migration is high at present. Global events such as the world’s recovery from Covid-19, the war in Ukraine, the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan and the national security law in Hong Kong, along with policy changes introduced as part of the new immigration system and the end of EU freedom of movement, have all had an impact on migration. On 23 May the Government acted decisively by announcing a package of measures to reform the student route. We are working on further measures to prevent exploitation and manipulation of the visa system, including clamping down on those who take advantage of the flexibility of the immigration system, and we will announce details of these measures in due course.

Rwanda: Asylum Arrangements Treaty

Debate between Lord Green of Deddington and Lord Sharpe of Epsom
Tuesday 21st November 2023

(8 months ago)

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Lord Sharpe of Epsom Portrait Lord Sharpe of Epsom (Con)
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I would also note that the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, asked me an incredibly unhelpful question on another subject yesterday, so that is a win double. Actually, I was not aware of any of the contents of whatever may or may not have been in the folder of the noble Lord, Lord Pannick.

Lord Green of Deddington Portrait Lord Green of Deddington (CB)
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My Lords, is the Minister aware that entirely legal immigration, encouraged by his Government, is roughly eight or 10 times the number of illegal migrants, to which this Question is addressed?

Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

Debate between Lord Green of Deddington and Lord Sharpe of Epsom
Thursday 1st December 2022

(1 year, 7 months ago)

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Lord Sharpe of Epsom Portrait Lord Sharpe of Epsom (Con)
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Again, as I think I have explained, the Government are assessing the evidence that is coming back from the migrant victims scheme pilot programme.

Lord Green of Deddington Portrait Lord Green of Deddington (CB)
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My Lords, can the Minister elaborate on the immigration aspects of this problem?

Lord Sharpe of Epsom Portrait Lord Sharpe of Epsom (Con)
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I am not entirely sure how to answer that question. With regard to the firewall, I have just given a very complete answer. I hope that goes some way to answering the noble Lord’s question.

Nationality and Borders Bill

Debate between Lord Green of Deddington and Lord Sharpe of Epsom
Lord Green of Deddington Portrait Lord Green of Deddington (CB)
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Before the noble Lord sits down—

Lord Sharpe of Epsom Portrait Lord Sharpe of Epsom (Con)
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With the greatest respect to the noble Lord, under the rules of Report stage, one is allowed to speak only once during the debate.