Siobhain McDonagh Written Questions

10 Questions to Home Office tabled by Siobhain McDonagh


Date Title Questioner
1 Mar 2019, 4:02 p.m. Home Office: Urdu Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Urdu speakers are employed at the (a) British high commission in Islamabad and (b) Home Office to investigate the background of people applying for entry clearance.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

UKVI human resources do not compile information on the number staff employed in the British High Commission in Islamabad, or at the Home Office, who assess entry clearance applications and who speak Urdu.

In assessing applications for entry clearance, UKVI complies with the Home Office policy for the use of translators.

1 Mar 2019, 4:02 p.m. Home Office: Urdu Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are employed as Urdu translators at the (a) British high commission in Islamabad and (b) Home Office to investigate the background of people applying for entry clearance.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

UKVI human resources do not compile information on the number staff employed in the British High Commission in Islamabad, or at the Home Office, who assess entry clearance applications and who speak Urdu.

In assessing applications for entry clearance, UKVI complies with the Home Office policy for the use of translators.

20 Dec 2018, 5:30 p.m. Slavery: Victim Support Schemes Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2018 to Question 196679 on Slavery: Victim Support Schemes, whether he plans to adopt directly the Human Trafficking Foundation’s slavery and trafficking survivor care standards or introduce standards based on those produced by the Human Trafficking Foundation.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

The Government is committed to ensuring minimum standards of care in the new victim care contract. Compliance with a minimum standard of care will be monitored using an inspection regime, which will be based on the Human Trafficking Foundation’s Slavery and Trafficking Survivor Care Standards.

20 Dec 2018, 5:29 p.m. Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2018 to Question 196680 on Human trafficking: victim support schemes, whether there will be a public consultation on any future decisions on subsistence rates paid to people supported through the Victim Care Contract.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)


Government is committed to ensuring that potential victims of modern slavery receive the right amount of financial and material support to meet their needs during their reflection and recovery period.

There are no current plans to do a public consultation on the future subsistence rates.

7 Dec 2018, 12:45 p.m. Slavery: Victim Support Schemes Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to provide additional funding to ensure the 2020 modern slavery victim care contract complies with the Human Trafficking Foundation's slavery and trafficking survivor care standards.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

The Government is committed to introducing minimum standards of care in the new victim care contract.

These standards will be monitored using an inspection regime, based on the Human Trafficking Foundation’s Slavery and Trafficking Survivor Care Standards. The tender of the new contract will include the standards and any costs associated will be incorporated as part of the contact procurement process.

7 Dec 2018, 11:35 a.m. Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Home Office's national referral mechanism reform guidance published in October 2018 and the High Court judgement on AM & K versus SSHD, whether the plans to make the cuts proposed as part of the national referral mechanism reforms will still go ahead in February and March 2019.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

The Home Office has paused the staged implementation of the alignment of subsistence rates for potential victims of modern slavery with those received by asylum seekers, which was due to start in February 2019, whilst it considers the implication of the judgment in AM and K vs SSHD.

We will work through the implications of the judgment in respect to our future approach to financial support, and will share further details as soon as we are able. The Home Office has immediately reinstated the top up paid to those in the Victim Care Contract who are also receiving support from the asylum support system, so that they receive a total of £65 per week whilst this work is carried out.

We are committed to reforming the National Referral Mechanism to ensure that as many victims of modern slavery as possible

29 Nov 2018, 5:33 p.m. Human Trafficking Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether transport and other expenses payments which his Department introduced on 1 November 2019 for all potential victims of trafficking in the adult victim care contract have started in all safe houses.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

In light of the judgment in K and AM, the Home Office has immediately reinstated the top up paid to those in the Victim Care Contract who are also receiving support from the asylum support system, so that they receive a total of £65 per week.

In consequence of the reinstatement of the top up paid to potential victims who are also receiving support from the asylum support system, the staged introduction of the scheme for further financial assistance and assistance with travel costs within the Victim Care Contract has been paused. These changes were intended to come into operation on 1 November 2018 for potential victims who were also receiving support from the asylum support system, and on 1 February 2019 for others in the Victim Care Contract.

We will work through the implications of the judgment in respect to our future approach to financial support. We are committed to reforming the National Referral Mechanism to ensure that as many victims of modern slavery as possible get the support they need.

17 Nov 2017, 9:21 a.m. Immigration: Skilled Workers Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with Ministers from other Departments on the value to the UK economy of mid-level skills or those skills at Standard Occupational Classification levels 2 and 3; and what plans her Department has to ensure that any future changes to immigration policy allow businesses to continue to access those mid-level skills necessary for growth and employment in the UK.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

We are considering a range of options for our future immigration arrangements and are clear that we must manage the process properly so that the system serves the national interest.

On 27 July 2017, we commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and also on how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy. As part of this, the MAC has been asked to consider a number of factors including skill level.

They are due to report on their findings in September 2018.

Full details about the MAC commission can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/migration-advisory-committee

17 Nov 2017, 9:21 a.m. Skilled Workers Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what external engagement her Department is engaged in to improve its understanding of the importance to the UK economy of access to mid-skilled labour or labour rated at Standard Occupational Classification skill levels 2 and 3; and if she will make a statement.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

We are considering a range of options for our future immigration arrangements and are clear that we must manage the process properly so that the system serves the national interest.

On 27 July 2017, we commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and also on how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy. As part of this, the MAC has been asked to consider a number of factors including skill level.

They are due to report on their findings in September 2018.

Full details about the MAC commission can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/migration-advisory-committee

17 Nov 2017, 9:21 a.m. Skilled Workers Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the value to the UK economy of mid-level skills or those at Standard Occupational Classification levels 2 and 3; and if she will make a statement.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

We are considering a range of options for our future immigration arrangements and are clear that we must manage the process properly so that the system serves the national interest.

On 27 July 2017, we commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and also on how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy. As part of this, the MAC has been asked to consider a number of factors including skill level.

They are due to report on their findings in September 2018.

Full details about the MAC commission can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/migration-advisory-committee