Sir Edward Davey Written Questions

Questions to Home Office tabled by Sir Edward Davey


Date Title Questioner
16 May 2019, 1:49 p.m. Knife Crime Community Fund: Greater London Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which projects by London Borough have received funding from the anti-knife crime Communication Fund as set out in in the Serious Violence Strategy announcement on 9 April 2018.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

Lists of all London-based projects that have received funding from the anti-knife crime Community Fund in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 financial years may be found in the attached tables.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/707629/successful_bids_knife_crime.csv/preview

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/734836/anti_knife_fund.csv/preview

16 May 2019, 1:34 p.m. Early Intervention Youth Fund: Greater London Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which projects by London Borough have received funding for the Early Intervention Youth Fund as set out in in the Serious Violence Strategy announcement on 9 April 2018.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

We have awarded over £4.1m from the £22m Early Intervention Youth Fund to fund ten projects in London. Details on the projects are at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-intervention-youth-fund-successful-bids.

2 May 2019, 3:17 p.m. Police: Standards Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) (i) staff employed by, (ii) vacancies as of 31 December in and (iii) investigations conducted by each professional standards department in each police authority in England and Wales and (b) investigations into each such department in each such authority by an external oversight body in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The Home Office does not hold information on the number of staff employed or vacancies within professional standards departments. We do collect and publish information on investigations conducted by these departments, found in the misconduct section of the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ sta-tistical bulletin:


https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-workforce-england-and-wales-30-september-2018

The Home Office does not hold information on the number of investigations into professional standards departments by an external oversight body.

2 May 2019, 3:12 p.m. Police: Complaints Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints the Independent Police Complaints Commission (a) received, (b) opened investigations into and (c) concluded investigations and reported on in each year between 2005 and 2018; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The information you requested is available on the IOPC’s website, published via their annual reports. The 2017/18 report can be accessed:

https://policeconduct.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/Who-we-are/accountability-performance/IOPC_annual_report_and_accounts_2017-18.pdf

With previous reports available:

https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/who-we-are/accountability-and-performance/annual-report-and-plans

2 May 2019, 3:12 p.m. Police: Complaints Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints the Independent Office for Police Conduct (a) received, (b) opened investigations into (c) concluded investigations and have yet to report and (d) concluded investigations and reported on since its establishment in January 2018; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The information you requested is available on the IOPC’s website, published via their annual reports. The 2017/18 report can be accessed:

https://policeconduct.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/Who-we-are/accountability-performance/IOPC_annual_report_and_accounts_2017-18.pdf

With previous reports available:

https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/who-we-are/accountability-and-performance/annual-report-and-plans

2 May 2019, 3:12 p.m. Independent Office for Police Conduct: Complaints Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints against the actions of the Independent Office for Police Conduct have been made since its inception in January 2018.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The information you requested is available on the IOPC’s website, published via their annual reports. The 2017/18 report can be accessed:

https://policeconduct.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/Who-we-are/accountability-performance/IOPC_annual_report_and_accounts_2017-18.pdf

With previous reports available:

https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/who-we-are/accountability-and-performance/annual-report-and-plans

2 May 2019, 3:12 p.m. Independent Police Complaints Commission: Complaints Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints against the actions of the Independent Police Complaints Commission were made in each year between 2005 and 2018; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The information you requested is available on the IOPC’s website, published via their annual reports. The 2017/18 report can be accessed:

https://policeconduct.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/Who-we-are/accountability-performance/IOPC_annual_report_and_accounts_2017-18.pdf

With previous reports available:

https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/who-we-are/accountability-and-performance/annual-report-and-plans

25 Apr 2019, 2:40 p.m. Crimes of Violence Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many analyses his Department has made since 2015 of the effect of decreased funding for the police on levels of serious violence; and what the conclusions of those analyses were.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy published in April last year sets out our analysis of the trends and drivers of rises in violent crime. The strategy is clear that there are a range of factors driving increases in serious violence most notably changes in the drugs market. The focus of the strategy is on early intervention and prevention, together with a robust law enforcement response. The action delivered includes:

• Our Early Intervention Youth Fund of £22m which is already supporting 29 projects in England and Wales to deliver interventions to young people at risk of criminal involvement, gang exploitation and county lines
• A new National County Lines Co-ordination Centre to tackle violent and exploitative criminal activity associated with county lines
• The new Offensive Weapons Bill to strengthen legislation on fire-arms, knives and corrosive substances which has now completed its passage through Parliament
• Delivering our national knife crime media campaign - #knifefree - to raise awareness of the consequences of knife crime
On 2 October 2018 the Home Secretary announced further measures to address violent crime in the UK including:
• The new £200 million Youth Endowment Fund which will be delivered over 10 years and will support interventions with children and young people at risk of involvement in crime and violence, and which started this month.
• An Independent Review of Drug Misuse, to be chaired by Dame Carol Black, which will look into ways in which drugs are fuelling seri-ous violence
• A consultation on a new legal duty to underpin a ‘public health’ approach to tackling serious violence. This consultation launched on 1 April 2019.
On 13 March the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced further funding of £100 million in 2019/20 to help tackle the rise in serious violence. Two thirds of the funding will enable priority forces to immediately begin planning to put in place the additional capacity they need and the other third of the funding will be invested in Violence Reduction Units, bringing together a range of agencies to develop a multi-agency approach in preventing serious violence altogether. The initial allocation to forces of £51 million was announced on 17 April.

In addition to this funding, in 2019/20, total police funding will increase by around £970m including council tax precept, additional pensions funding and national investment, the most substantial investment in policing since 2010. The settlement for local government for 2019/20 will also mean that core spending power increases from £45.1bn in 2018/19 to £46.6bn in 2019/20. This settlement sees a real-terms increase in resources available to local authorities.

25 Apr 2019, 2:40 p.m. Crimes of Violence Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many analyses his Department has made since 2015 of the effect of decreased funding for youth services on levels of serious violence; and what the conclusions of those analyses were.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy published in April last year sets out our analysis of the trends and drivers of rises in violent crime. The strategy is clear that there are a range of factors driving increases in serious violence most notably changes in the drugs market. The focus of the strategy is on early intervention and prevention, together with a robust law enforcement response. The action delivered includes:

• Our Early Intervention Youth Fund of £22m which is already supporting 29 projects in England and Wales to deliver interventions to young people at risk of criminal involvement, gang exploitation and county lines
• A new National County Lines Co-ordination Centre to tackle violent and exploitative criminal activity associated with county lines
• The new Offensive Weapons Bill to strengthen legislation on fire-arms, knives and corrosive substances which has now completed its passage through Parliament
• Delivering our national knife crime media campaign - #knifefree - to raise awareness of the consequences of knife crime
On 2 October 2018 the Home Secretary announced further measures to address violent crime in the UK including:
• The new £200 million Youth Endowment Fund which will be delivered over 10 years and will support interventions with children and young people at risk of involvement in crime and violence, and which started this month.
• An Independent Review of Drug Misuse, to be chaired by Dame Carol Black, which will look into ways in which drugs are fuelling seri-ous violence
• A consultation on a new legal duty to underpin a ‘public health’ approach to tackling serious violence. This consultation launched on 1 April 2019.
On 13 March the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced further funding of £100 million in 2019/20 to help tackle the rise in serious violence. Two thirds of the funding will enable priority forces to immediately begin planning to put in place the additional capacity they need and the other third of the funding will be invested in Violence Reduction Units, bringing together a range of agencies to develop a multi-agency approach in preventing serious violence altogether. The initial allocation to forces of £51 million was announced on 17 April.

In addition to this funding, in 2019/20, total police funding will increase by around £970m including council tax precept, additional pensions funding and national investment, the most substantial investment in policing since 2010. The settlement for local government for 2019/20 will also mean that core spending power increases from £45.1bn in 2018/19 to £46.6bn in 2019/20. This settlement sees a real-terms increase in resources available to local authorities.

25 Apr 2019, 2:32 p.m. Serious Violence Taskforce Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the serious violence taskforce has met since its creation in April 2018; and how many members of the taskforce attended each meeting.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

The Serious Violence Taskforce was established to oversee and drive im-plementation of Serious Violence Strategy launched in April 2018. The Taskforce has met nine times, on 26 April, 11 June, 17 July, 22 October, 21 November, 9 January 2019, 11 February, 26 March and 24 April.

Chaired by the Home Secretary, the Taskforce brings together Ministers, Members of Parliament, the Mayor of London, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Director General of the National Crime Agency, other senior police leaders, and public sector and voluntary sector chief executives.

25 Apr 2019, 2:28 p.m. Home Office: Newspaper Press Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions in the past year he has (a) been interviewed by and (b) written an op-ed for (i) The Times and The Sunday Times, (ii) The Daily Telegraph, (iii) The Guardian, (iv) The Sun, (v) The Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday, (vi) The Mirror, (vii) The Daily Express, (viii) The Evening Standard and (ix) the Metro.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

Over the last 12 months, the Secretary of State for the Home Department has been interviewed by the following publications on one occasion.

The Times/The Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Metro, the Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday.

He has not been interviewed by the Guardian, Sun, Mirror, Daily Express or Evening Standard.

He has written opeds for the following publications on the following number of occasions.

The Times/The Sunday Times: 2
The Daily Telegraph: 5
The Guardian: 1
The Sun: 1
The Daily Mail/ Mail on Sunday: 2
The Daily Express: 4

He was not written any opeds for the Evening Standard, The Mirror or Metro.

25 Apr 2019, 12:42 p.m. Crimes of Violence Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) Police and Crime Commissioners and (b) Chief Constables have informed him in the last year that they require more funding to tackle serious violent crime.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The Home Secretary has regular meetings with senior police officers and Police and Crime Commissioners in which they discuss a range of issues, including serious violence.

We have engaged closely with the police about the additional complex demands they face, including from serious violence. In response, we increased funding for policing by over £1 billion this year, including the £100 million announced at Spring Statement to tackle serious violence which includes £80m of new funding from the Treasury.

This additional funding follows the Home Secretary’s roundtable on 6 March with senior police officers from Metropolitan Police, West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, West Midlands, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, where they discussed what more can be done to tackle serious violence and the resources they needed to fight violent crime.

The majority of this additional investment will go towards supporting police forces where violent crime is impacting the most, to take immediate action to suppress the violence we are seeing, to make our streets safer. Officials are engaging with the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners in relation to this funding.

Last year we also provided £4.6m of Special Grant funding to Bedfordshire Police to support Operation Boson, the force’s specialist response to gang, gun and knife crime.

11 Jan 2019, 12:43 p.m. Home Office: Brexit Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department is spending on a public information campaign to prepare people for the potential effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

Home Office has a duty to inform citizens and businesses about how leaving the EU might affect them, and to advise on the steps they may need to take to prepare for EU Exit.

Home Office is part of the cross-departmental public information campaign to help achieve this, including campaign activity focused on passport renewal and EU citizens’ rights. Over the coming weeks, we will be using a range of channels to direct UK citizens, businesses, EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU to a dedicated area on GOV.UK at Gov.uk/euexit.

Information on the costs associated with this campaign will be released in due course as part of normal data transparency releases.

23 Jul 2018, 4:30 p.m. Extradition: EU Countries Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many extraditions were successfully completed from each of the other EU countries in each of the last five years following the introduction of the European Arrest Warrant to (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland; and if he will publish a list of those extraditions by the category of crime committed.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The Home Office does not hold the information requested.

However, statistics on the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) are published by the National Crime Agency each year. These figures are published at: http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/publications/european-arrest-warrant-statistics

23 Jul 2018, 4:28 p.m. Extradition: EU Countries Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many extraditions were successfully completed from each of the other EU countries in each of the five years prior to the introduction of the European Arrest Warrant to (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland; and if he will publish a list of those extraditions by the category of crime committed.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

This information is not routinely published.

However, some of the information is available in the Review of the United Kingdom’s Extradition Arrangements published in October 2011:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-review-of-the-united-kingdoms-extradition-arrangements

13 Jul 2018, 3:38 p.m. UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding his Department has allocated to the UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The Lost Documents Working group is led by the UKVI Improvement Team, who deploy resources when required to support business areas with process improvements. When funding is required by the team, they will be supported by UKVI.

13 Jul 2018, 3:34 p.m. UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the UKVI Lost Documents Group established in November 2017 is the first such lost documents working group in (a) this government or (b) any previous government.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The loss of documents is, and has always been taken very seriously by the Home Office. The UKVI Lost Documents Working Group focuses on the prevention and improvement of lost documents within UKVI today. However, the loss of documents within UKVI has been covered by other initiatives in the past including the creation of a Valuable Documents Guidance (01st August 2013)

It is the responsibility of all those handling documents to ensure processes are followed and adhered to as well as the Lost Documents Working Group

10 Jul 2018, 3:20 p.m. UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish a list of the (a) dates and (b) attendees of each meeting of the UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group since November 2017.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The Lost Documents Group was formed in January 2018 as a response to an MPs Event in which the loss of documents within UKVI was discussed. The group is comprised of representatives from each document-handling department within UKVI, and they meet on a monthly basis to discuss improvement suggestions and issues with the Lost Documents processes within UKVI.

10 Jul 2018, 3:19 p.m. UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Officials in his Department are working (a) full-time and (b) part-time on the UKVI Lost Documents Working Group; and what the (i) grade and (ii) salary range is of those officials.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The loss of documents is taken very seriously by the Home Office and is the responsibility of all those handling documents to ensure processes are followed to deliver the work of the Lost Documents Working Group. It is therefore not possible to provide the information requested

10 Jul 2018, 3:16 p.m. UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group plans to publish a report of its findings; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The terms and conditions of the work of the Lost Documents Working Group is being finalised and the Home Office will report back on progress of the group’s activities and the improvements being made.

13 Jun 2018, 3:22 p.m. Drugs: Crime Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) charged, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted for a suspected (i) drug trafficking or (ii) drug supply offence in each of the last three years.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The latest available data are published in the Police recorded crime open data tables, available here:https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables

The Home Office does not hold information on the number of people that have been prosecuted and convicted. This information should be requested from the Ministry of Justice.

13 Jun 2018, 3:19 p.m. Offensive Weapons: Railways Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents there were involving an offensive weapon (a) on trains and (b) at rail stations in each region in each of the last three years.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

Offences involving a knife or a sharp instrument and possession of a weapon, on trains and within stations grounds are recorded by the British Transport Police. The Home Office collects this data, but it is not possible to tell from this information whether the offence occurred on a train or a rail station or what region the offence occurred.

Data on offences involving firearms are not collected centrally by the Home Office for British Transport Police.

Data for British Transport Police can be found in published open data tables available here:

Offences involving knives or sharp instruments up to December 2017: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/706368/prc-knife-open-data-march2009-onwards-tables.ods

Possession of a weapon up to December 2017:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/701926/prc-pfa-mar2013-onwards-tables.ods

30 Apr 2018, 3 p.m. Immigrants: Bank Services Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of bank accounts incorrectly closed as a result of the hostile environment immigration policy between January 2016 and January 2018.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The Immigration Act 2016 banking measures, which provide for the power to close existing bank accounts of known immigration offenders, came into force on 30 October 2017. However, banks and building societies had until 31 March 2018 to conduct their initial checks on all personal current accounts against Home Office disqualified persons data.

Under the 2016 Act, no bank accounts were closed between January 2016 and January 2018.

30 Apr 2018, 2:58 p.m. Driving: Licensing Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of driving licences incorrectly revoked as a result of the hostile environment immigration policy between January 2016 and January 2018.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The Immigration Act 2014 provided the power to revoke driving licences from known immigration offenders.

There are a number of safeguards in place to ensure that individuals can challenge the decision to revoke their driving licence. If required we are able to reinstate driving licences following representations from applicants.

Data held centrally does not record the reason for any subsequent licence reinstatements. Reinstatements can be for a number of reasons.

3 Apr 2018, 1:08 p.m. Home Office: Procurement Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings (a) she, (b) Ministers of her Department and (c) officials in her Department have held (a) Cambridge Analytica, (b) SCL, (c) Global Science Research and (d) Alexander Nix.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

No records have been found of meetings between the (a) the Secretary of State of the Home Department; (b) Ministers of her Department; or (c) officials in her Department and (a) Cambridge Analytica, (b) SCL, (c) Global Science Research and (d) Alexander Nix.

28 Feb 2018, 1:10 p.m. UK Border Agency Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Border Office staff have been employed in each of the last five years; and what the (a) staffing cost and (b) total cost of the Border Agency has been in each of those years.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to the Hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale on the 7th February 2017, UIN 60627.

20 Feb 2018, 5:10 p.m. Firearms: Licensing Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to monitor the consistency of adherence to relevant medical guidelines on firearms licensing across the UK.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

We know that there is significant variation in how GPs respond to this request. We have been in discussions with the police, the relevant medical bodies and representatives of shooting organisations about how greater consistency can be achieved across police force areas in England and Wales.

13 Feb 2018, 2:45 p.m. Immigration Bail Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect the repeal of section 4(1) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 will have on the number of people who are released from immigration detention on immigration bail.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The repeal of section 4(1) is not expected to have any discernible effect on the number of people released from immigration detention on immigration bail

Paragraph 9 of Schedule 10 to the 2016 Act contains powers to provide accommodation to people released from detention on bail and to those who require it in order to avoid a breach of their Article 3 rights. Additionally, individuals granted immigration bail who are asylum seekers or failed asylum seekers can access support provided under sections 95 or 4(2) of the 1999 Act if they would otherwise be destitute and meet the normal eligibility criteria.


Immigration offenders who can leave the UK to avoid a breach of their human rights are expected to do so.

12 Feb 2018, 11:33 a.m. Borders: Personal Records Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department was officially informed of the data collected by transport operators at exit checks between April 2015 and April 2016.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

Exit checks data in the form of Advance Passenger Information (API) or Travel Document Information (TDI) for outbound travel has been received from all in-scope scheduled commercial international air, sea and rail routes since 8 April 2015.

The available statistics under the Exit Checks programme has previously been published by the Office of National Statistics in August 2016 and August 2017 on the .GOV.UK website and via the library of the House.

17 Jan 2018, 1:18 p.m. Passports: Lost Property Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK passports have been lost abroad in each of the last five years.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

When a customer loses or has a passport stolen while abroad the guidance is that they should report this to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) where it has been lost. These losses and thefts are recorded by the FCO and the information is passed to Her Majesty’s Passport Office who will take necessary action to cancel the passport as appropriate.

Previous figures for UK passports lost & stolen outside the UK between 2008-2013 have been published by the FCO:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/foi-release-uk-passports-lost-or-stolen-abroad

Other figures published by the FCO relating to lost and stolen passports abroad by British citizens can be found in the attached links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/passport-statistics

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/helping-british-nationals-abroad-2016

12 Dec 2017, 5:36 p.m. Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have had their data shared by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority with her Department for immigration enforcement purposes since that authority was established.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

Since the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (formerly the Gangmasters Licensing Authority) became operational in 2006, it has passed 653 intelligence reports to the Home Office relating to persons, businesses or general information where there may be an immigration interest.

This information is only shared in relation to those suspected of committing a labour market offence and does not include details of victims.

12 Dec 2017, 5:35 p.m. Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a Memorandum of Understanding or similar document is in place for the sharing of data obtained by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority with her Department; and if she will make a statement.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

Section 19 of the Gangmasters Licensing Act 2004 makes provision for the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to share information relating to gangmasters with any person for the purposes of, or for any purpose connected with the exercise of its functions under the Act.

This power is also underpinned by operational protocols that have been developed between relevant departments and agencies.

4 Dec 2017, 5:43 p.m. Immigration: EU Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether EU citizens who have indefinite leave to remain will be required to apply for settled status.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

EU citizens with indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK will not need to apply for settled status once the UK has left the European Union (EU). Their incumbent rights and privileges will not be affected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

4 Dec 2017, 5:43 p.m. Immigration: EU Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether EU citizens who have historically been granted indefinite leave to remain will retain the same rights after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

EU citizens with indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK will not need to apply for settled status once the UK has left the European Union (EU). Their incumbent rights and privileges will not be affected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

4 Dec 2017, 5:41 p.m. Immigration: EU Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens currently have indefinite leave to remain, as opposed to permanent residency, broken down by nationality.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

Information on the total stock of those granted Indefinite Leave to Remain, by nationality, is not held by the Home Office. The figure will constantly evolve as some may have died, loss such status, or subsequently applied for and been granted UK citizenship.

27 Nov 2017, 5:54 p.m. British Nationals Abroad: Middle East Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many British citizens who have returned to the UK after fighting in Iraq and Syria since 2012 have been prosecuted.

Answer (Mr Ben Wallace)

The Home Office Statistical Bulletin publishes data about convictions quarterly but does not distinguish those which relate to Syria and Daesh. British Citizens who are investigated and charged with offences relating to the conflict in Syria will be prosecuted in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

Although official figures do not show how many were Syria or Daesh related, Of the 105 persons charged with a terrorism-related offence in the year ending June 2017, 33 had been prosecuted (as at the time of data provision to the Home Office, 14 July 2017), 32 of which were found guilty. A further 68 were awaiting prosecution.

15 Nov 2017, 10:38 a.m. Immigration Controls Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken at UK borders to prevent any dangers to public health relating to the outbreak of plague in Madagascar.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

Border Force Officers will refer any passengers that require medical attention in accordance with established procedures and advice from Public Health England.

14 Nov 2017, 3:13 p.m. Passports: Lost Property Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports sent out by the Home Office have been lost in the post in each of the last five years.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

The table below shows the number of UK passports lost during delivery for both the UK and overseas for the last five years.

Her Majesty’s Passport Office records and cancels any passport lost through delivery, and the customer is issued with a new passport at no extra cost.

Year

Losses

Total Volume Printed

% Losses against Printed

2012

312

5,315,465

0.006

2013

265

5,609,530

0.005

2014

278

6,228,867

0.004

2015

375

6,762,898

0.006

2016

472

6,880,927

0.007

1 Nov 2017, 1:36 p.m. British Nationals Abroad: Middle East Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many British citizens have returned to the UK after fighting in Iraq and Syria since 2012.

Answer (Mr Ben Wallace)

Approximately 850 UK linked individuals of national security concern have travelled to engage with the Syrian conflict. We estimate that just under half have returned and approximately 15% are now dead. This number includes all those of national security concern, not just those affiliated with Daesh. Everyone who returns from taking part in the conflict in Syria or Iraq must expect to be investigated by the police to determine if they have committed criminal offences, and to ensure that they do not pose a threat to our national security.

18 Oct 2017, 2:20 p.m. Immigration: Patients Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what requirements she has placed on the NHS to report on patients' immigration status.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

The Home Office has not placed any requirements on the NHS to report on patients’ immigration status.

As specified in the Immigration Rules, the Home Office may refuse an immigration application where the applicant has failed to pay an NHS debt of £500 or more in accordance with the relevant NHS regulations on charges to overseas visitors. The Department of Health has put in place arrangements through which the NHS notifies the Home Office of these debts.

17 Oct 2017, 4:12 p.m. Police: Pay Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the one per cent police pay rise will cost each police force in England.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

On 12 September, the Government announced that, for the police pay year 2017-18, police officers up to the rank of Chief Superintendent would receive a one per cent increase to basic pay plus an additional one per cent non-consolidated payment. Chief police officers would receive a one per cent increase to basic pay. The pay award is applied from 1 September.

The total cost of the one per cent increase to basic pay for all officers in England and Wales has already been budgeted for by police forces and amounts to around £65m. The additional one per cent payment is a one off cost of approximately £50m, representing under half of one per cent of annual police force funding.

The total cost to individual police forces will depend on a range of factors including local decisions about staffing and deployment.

16 Oct 2017, 3:06 p.m. Asylum: Medical Records Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason her Department has started contacting asylum seekers asking them to sign a consent form that would give her Department access to their personal medical records.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

The process of obtaining medical information is not a mandatory part of the asylum process nor is it a new process. Before any decision is made on an asylum claim it is vital we are aware of any information that is relevant to the award of any form of leave.

16 Oct 2017, 2:43 p.m. Immigration: EU Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to extend the Immigration Skills charge to EU citizens when the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer I gave to the Hon. Member for Linlithgow and East Falkirk on the 17th of June, UIN 1040

12 Oct 2017, 9:10 a.m. Detainees: EU Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-UK EU nationals have received compensation for unlawful detention under Immigration Act powers in each of the last five years.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

This information is not available and to collate it would incur disproportionate cost.

22 Sep 2017, 10:57 a.m. Borders: Personal Records Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of how many non-EU international students left the UK on the basis of exit check data collected between April 2015 and April 2016.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

Analysis on Exit Checks data was published on 24 August 2017 in the Home Office’s ‘Second report on statistics being collected under the exit checks programme’ (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/second-report-on-statistics-being-collected-under-the-exit-checks-programme). This is the second report in a programme of work to develop experimental statistics and the first time that it has been possible to present results from the analysis of exit data. However, our understanding of this new data source is still developing and as the report sets out there are a variety of reasons why the data does not yet provide a complete estimate of the number of departures.

Additional information on international student departures relating to 2015/16 is also contained in ONS’s ‘International student migration research update: August 2017’ report https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/internationalmigration/articles/internationalstudentmigrationresearchupdate/august2017

18 Sep 2017, 1:03 p.m. Deportation: EU Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what level of seniority the Official holds who was responsible for signing-off deportation letters which were erroneously sent by her Department to EU citizens lawfully living in the UK.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

There has been no policy change with regards to EEA citizens living in the UK and the Home Office is absolutely clear that the rights of EEA citizens living in the UK remain unchanged. It is Home Office policy that any person who is not lawfully resident in the UK is liable for removal and may be notified accordingly by the Home Office. I regret that, in this instance, officials made an operational error and issued enforcement letters incorrectly.

The Home Office acted swiftly to correct the error and I have personally written to all those affected to apologise for any stress or concern that this caused.

18 Sep 2017, 1:03 p.m. Deportation: EU Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons her Department erroneously sent deportation letters to EU citizens lawfully living in the UK.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

There has been no policy change with regards to EEA citizens living in the UK and the Home Office is absolutely clear that the rights of EEA citizens living in the UK remain unchanged. It is Home Office policy that any person who is not lawfully resident in the UK is liable for removal and may be notified accordingly by the Home Office. I regret that, in this instance, officials made an operational error and issued enforcement letters incorrectly.

The Home Office acted swiftly to correct the error and I have personally written to all those affected to apologise for any stress or concern that this caused.

18 Sep 2017, 12:49 p.m. Immigration: EU Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a policy decision was taken to send letters to EU citizens lawfully living in the UK asking them to leave.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

There has been no policy change with regards to EEA citizens living in the UK and the Home Office is absolutely clear that the rights of EEA citizens living in the UK remain unchanged. It is Home Office policy that any person who is not lawfully resident in the UK is liable for removal and may be notified accordingly by the Home Office. I regret that, in this instance, officials made an operational error and issued enforcement letters incorrectly.

The Home Office acted swiftly to correct the error and I have personally written to all those affected to apologise for any stress or concern that this caused.

13 Sep 2017, 3:57 p.m. Borders: Personal Records Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what analysis her Department has undertaken of the exit check data collated by her Department between April 2015 and April 2016.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

The Home Office published on 24 August 2017 a second report on statistics being collected under the exit checks programme (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/second-report-on-statistics-being-collected-under-the-exit-checks-programme). Chapter 1 sets out the operational uses of the exit checks system as well as improvements to immigration control and compliance since 2010.

13 Sep 2017, 3:57 p.m. Borders: Personal Records Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how data from exit checks conducted between April 2015 and April 2016 has been used by her Department.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

The Home Office published on 24 August 2017 a second report on statistics being collected under the exit checks programme (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/second-report-on-statistics-being-collected-under-the-exit-checks-programme). Chapter 1 sets out the operational uses of the exit checks system as well as improvements to immigration control and compliance since 2010.

12 Sep 2017, 3:35 p.m. Police: Biometrics Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which independent oversight mechanism is responsible for overseeing the police's use of automated facial recognition technology.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The Surveillance Camera Code of Practice requires any police use of facial recognition or other biometric characteristic recognition systems to be clearly justified an proportionate in meeting the stated purpose. The retention of facial images by the police is governed by data protection legislation and by Authorised Professional Practice governed by the College of Policing.

12 Sep 2017, 2:48 p.m. Visas Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy for UKVI to give applicants a target date for when their visa applications will be processed.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

UKVI’s published timescale for processing standard visa applications is 12 weeks (60 working days) for straightforward settlement applications, and three weeks (15 working days) for straightforward non-settlement applications.

If an application is complex and expected to take longer than the standard processing timescale, UKVI will write to the customer within the standard processing time and explain what will happen next.

12 Sep 2017, 2:17 p.m. Police: Biometrics Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms are in place to ensure that automated facial recognition software in use by police forces is independently tested for racial accuracy biases.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

It is an operational decision for police forces as to what testing is carried out of facial recognition software that they use.

11 Sep 2017, 4:55 p.m. Visas Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa applications have been received by UK Visas and Immigration in each of the last five years.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

Information on the number of visa applications, grants, refusals, withdrawals and lapsed cases is published quarterly. The latest data is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-april-to-june-2017/list-of-tables#visas

11 Sep 2017, 4:33 p.m. Police: Biometrics Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Biometrics Strategy, due to be published in 2013, will be released.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

The Biometrics Strategy will be published in due course.

11 Sep 2017, 4:30 p.m. Visas Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa application cases have taken over (a) six, (b) nine, (c) 12 and (d) 18 months to be processed in each of the last five years.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

Data on visa processing times, including the percentage of visas processed within published service standards, is published online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data (then listed by publication date under ‘UK Visas & Immigration’).

11 Sep 2017, 2:04 p.m. Passports: Lost Property Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports sent in to the Passport Office by members of the public have been lost in the post in each of the last five years.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

The information requested is not held.