Mr Gavin Shuker Written Questions

Questions to Home Office tabled by Mr Gavin Shuker


Date Title Questioner
15 Jul 2019, 11:56 a.m. UK Visas and Immigration: Biometrics Mr Gavin Shuker

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria his Department uses to determine the locations in the UK where biometric information for visa or immigration applications can be provided.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The majority of customers will be able to submit their biometrics and supporting information for their visa application via a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UK VCAS) centre, which are run by Sopra Steria Ltd (SSL) on behalf of UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI). However, Individuals who have higher needs, may be vulnerable, or whose circumstances may be complex and would benefit from face to face interaction with the Home Office are directed to Service and Support Centres (SSC) where they will receive support with their application. The SSCs are all based in pre-existing locations which were previously used as premium service centres, which broadly align with the postal districts of our customers.

There are currently six core UKVCAS service points and seven core SSC’s across the UK at which application submission services are offered. The SSCs are based in Belfast, Cardiff, Croydon, Glasgow, Liverpool, Sheffield and Solihull.

SSL undertook market research to identify initial service locations for the UKVCAS service points; their research included the impact on customer travel time, cost and accessibility. Beyond that, SSL offer a range of enhanced services in a further 50 UKVCAS locations. These services enable customers to submit their biometric information (photo and fingerprints) and supporting evidence in one location. 62% of customers will, on average, have to travel less than 25 miles to visit a core service centre, with 78% travelling less than 50 miles. Appointments may be offered for individual customers and/or family groups to enrol their biometrics together.

7 Mar 2018, 4:07 p.m. Firearms: Licensing Mr Gavin Shuker

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of shotgun and firearms certificates that have been granted where the applicant's doctor has not participated in the licensing process in the last three years.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

In accordance with arrangements introduced in 2016, the police write to the GPs of those who apply for a firearms licence to seek relevant information regarding the applicant’s health before the licence is issued. We do not collect statistics on the number of certificates that have been granted without the applicant’s GP having participated in the process. However, reports from police forces and firearms licence applicants indicate that the participation rates amongst GPs are variable. We have been in discussions with the police, medical bodies and shooting representatives about how greater consistency can be achieved.

7 Mar 2018, 4:07 p.m. Firearms: Licensing Mr Gavin Shuker

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of GPs in each police constabulary area who are not participating in the firearms licensing process.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

In accordance with arrangements introduced in 2016, the police write to the GPs of those who apply for a firearms licence to seek relevant information regarding the applicant’s health before the licence is issued. We do not collect statistics on the number of certificates that have been granted without the applicant’s GP having participated in the process. However, reports from police forces and firearms licence applicants indicate that the participation rates amongst GPs are variable. We have been in discussions with the police, medical bodies and shooting representatives about how greater consistency can be achieved.

4 Dec 2017, 5:13 p.m. HM Passport Office: Luton Mr Gavin Shuker

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the five nearest Passport interview offices to Luton are by journey time; and what benchmark journey times his Department used in its decision to close the office in Luton.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

Her Majesty’s Passport Office provides an online service where by entering their postcode, customers can find their nearest passport interview office. Find a passport interview office can be found on GOV.UK at the following address:

https://www.gov.uk/passport-interview-office

Minimising the impact upon customers was a key consideration in the decision to close the Luton interview office, with the distance and time for travel to the closest passport interview office in London being in line with many other parts of the UK.

23 Nov 2017, 5:37 p.m. HM Passport Office: Luton Mr Gavin Shuker

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of HM Passport Office's customers resident in Luton are required to attend an interview when making an passport application.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

Her Majesty’s Passport Office do not hold information on how many people in a particular area could be required to attend a passport application interview.

23 Nov 2017, 5:32 p.m. HM Passport Office: Luton Mr Gavin Shuker

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passport application interviews have been conducted at Luton HM Passport Office in each year since 2012.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

Her Majesty’s Passport Office has conducted 55,064 interviews at the Luton Interview Office since 2012. The table below shows the number of annual passport interviews conducted.

Year

Interviews conducted at Luton Interview Office

2012

9347

2013

12236

2014

10650

2015

7839

2016

10083

2017*

4909

*part year data to 19/11/2017