Windrush Scheme Debate

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Department: Home Office

Windrush Scheme
Sir Edward Davey Excerpts
Tuesday 5th February 2019

(1 year, 3 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Sajid Javid Portrait Sajid Javid - Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Feb 2019, 1:05 p.m.

My hon. Friend has highlighted an important point, and it is worth emphasising. Members of the Windrush generation were affected by decisions made by a number of Governments, including the last Government.

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Is not one of the lessons of the Windrush that when people have lived in our country for 20, 30 or 40 years, the idea that they should be deported if they do not have precisely the correct documentation is inhumane, and is not supported by the wider public? In the light of the Windrush scandal, will the Home Secretary review the unrealistic and draconian documentation requirements imposed on such people by the Home Office?

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5 Feb 2019, 1:06 p.m.

If the right hon. Gentleman is referring to cases in which someone does not have—to use his own words—precisely the right documentation, of course that should be looked at very carefully. The whole purpose of the taskforce is to work with such individuals to make the process as easy as possible, and to ensure that issues such as incorrect documentation are sorted out.