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Written Question
Refugees: Calais
9 Jan 2017

Questioner: Diane Abbott (LAB - Hackney North and Stoke Newington)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has suspended all processing and admission of migrants formerly at Calais.

Answered by Robert Goodwill

We have worked closely with the French authorities to support the clearance of the Calais camp and to transfer children eligible to come to the UK. Since 10 October, we have transferred over 750 children from France. The current phase has been concluded. More children will be transferred from across Europe under the Immigration Act in the coming months, including from France.

We will continue to meet our obligation under the Dublin Regulation to transfer unaccompanied refugee children to the UK where a family link has been established.


Written Question
Overseas Students
23 Dec 2016

Questioner: Diane Abbott (LAB - Hackney North and Stoke Newington)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the net financial contribution per annum to the economy from international students; and how that contribution is expected to change in the next three years.

Answered by Robert Goodwill

The Government recognises that international students make an important contribution during their time here, and they help make our education system one of the best in the world. The UK remains the second most popular destination in the world for international higher education students.

We continue to be committed to ensuring our top universities can attract the best students from around the world. The latest figures show that visa applications from university students are now 17 per cent higher than they were in 2010 and visa applications to Russell Group universities are 47 per cent higher than in 2010.


Written Question
Immigration Controls
23 Dec 2016

Questioner: Diane Abbott (LAB - Hackney North and Stoke Newington)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received from and what discussions she has had with (a) Ian Wright, director-general of the Food and Drink Federation, (b) Helen Dickinson, chief executive at the British Retail Consortium and (c) others on potential changes to immigration systems or new work visa systems after the UK has left the EU.

Answered by Robert Goodwill

Home Office Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of international partners, as well as organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors, as part of the process of policy development and delivery. Details of Ministerial meetings with external organisations and individuals are passed to the Cabinet Office on a quarterly basis and are subsequently published on the Cabinet Office website which is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/cabinet-office


Written Question
Immigration Controls: EU Nationals
23 Dec 2016

Questioner: Diane Abbott (LAB - Hackney North and Stoke Newington)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with which (a) EU heads of government, (b) heads of state, (c) members of the EU Commission and (d) leaders of the parliamentary groupings in the European Parliament she has (i) met and (ii) discussed the Government's plans to reduce net migration from the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

Answered by Robert Goodwill

Home Office Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of international partners, as well as organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors, as part of the process of policy development and delivery. Details of Ministerial meetings with external organisations and individuals are passed to the Cabinet Office on a quarterly basis and are subsequently published on the Cabinet Office website which is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/cabinet-office


Written Question
Sexual Offences
23 Dec 2016

Questioner: Diane Abbott (LAB - Hackney North and Stoke Newington)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of proposed changes in the status and treatment of sexual abuse victims on the way in which police forces deal with such cases.

Answered by Sarah Newton

The Home Office has no plans to change the status and treatment of victims of sexual abuse. It is essential that those reporting serious crimes to the police are treated as victims. The police should focus on the credibility of the allegation rather than the credibility of the witness or victim. Accepting that a person has been a victim of crime does not automatically mean accepting that a specific allegation is credible.


Written Question
Proscribed Organisations
22 Dec 2016

Questioner: Diane Abbott (LAB - Hackney North and Stoke Newington)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what violent or terrorist far right or neo-Nazi groups are being monitored or considered for possible proscription as an illegal organisation.

Answered by Ben Wallace

We do not routinely comment on whether an organisation is or is not under consideration for proscription.


Written Question
Refugees: Children
22 Dec 2016

Questioner: Diane Abbott (LAB - Hackney North and Stoke Newington)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to ensure that any refugee children who were recently accommodated at Calais and who were entitled to come to the UK have not been trafficked, become domestic slaves or forced into prostitution.

Answered by Robert Goodwill

We continue to work closely with local authorities, the Department for Education, the Local Government Association, non-governmental organisations, and other Government departments to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children transferred from France to the UK. The Government recently announced its intention to publish a Safeguarding Strategy which will bring together a number of strands of ongoing work and develop a more holistic, robust and evidence-based strategy to supporting these vulnerable children.

Children transferred to the UK were assessed on arrival by Home Office officials who are trained to identify indicators of human trafficking and modern slavery. Under the Dublin Regulation, safeguarding checks are conducted ahead of the children being reunited with their relatives.

The Government takes its responsibilities towards all vulnerable children extremely seriously. That is why when a child goes missing from care, agencies work closely with local authorities and local police forces in order to find them.


Written Question
Immigration: EU Nationals
20 Dec 2016

Questioner: Diane Abbott (LAB - Hackney North and Stoke Newington)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken to reassure EU nationals currently living in the UK that they will enjoy the same rights of residency and work status that they currently enjoy after the UK has left the EU.

Answered by Robert Goodwill

The Prime Minister has been clear that she wants to protect the status of EU nationals already living in the UK, and the only circumstances in which that wouldn’t be possible is if British citizens’ rights in other EU Member States were not protected in return.


Written Question
Nurses: Training
16 Sep 2016

Questioner: Diane Abbott (LAB - Hackney North and Stoke Newington)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that changes to the funding of nursing education will (a) increase the number and (b) improve the quality of clinical placements for students.

Answered by Philip Dunne

The changes to healthcare education funding from August 2017 means that we can move away from centrally imposed controls on numbers of nurses being trained and financial limitations, enabling universities to increase nurse training places by the end of the parliament, 2020.

As now, ensuring that all students have access to high quality placements and receive an outstanding placement experience is a key priority.

Having a stable placement commissioning system is important for workforce supply and for Higher Education Institutes; therefore Health Education England (HEE) will retain responsibility for commissioning the minimum number of placements for 2017/18. Universities will be free to create additional places on top of these in partnership with their local trusts and will have their HEE-funded placements maintained at existing levels.

The Government is committed to monitoring data regarding, for example, application rates, diversity statistics and workforce supply.

The first part of the government response to the consultation included a revised Economic Impact Assessment, page 16 sets out the Monitoring and Evaluation plan, the link is:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changing-how-healthcare-education-is-funded


Written Question
Nurses: Training
16 Sep 2016

Questioner: Diane Abbott (LAB - Hackney North and Stoke Newington)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department will take to monitor the number of UCAS applications for nursing courses in the next two years; and what contingency planning his Department has undertaken to address any reduction in the number of such applications in that period.

Answered by Philip Dunne

The changes to healthcare education funding from August 2017 means that we can move away from centrally imposed controls on numbers of nurses being trained and financial limitations, enabling universities to increase nurse training places by the end of the parliament, 2020.

As now, ensuring that all students have access to high quality placements and receive an outstanding placement experience is a key priority.

Having a stable placement commissioning system is important for workforce supply and for Higher Education Institutes; therefore Health Education England (HEE) will retain responsibility for commissioning the minimum number of placements for 2017/18. Universities will be free to create additional places on top of these in partnership with their local trusts and will have their HEE-funded placements maintained at existing levels.

The Government is committed to monitoring data regarding, for example, application rates, diversity statistics and workforce supply.

The first part of the government response to the consultation included a revised Economic Impact Assessment, page 16 sets out the Monitoring and Evaluation plan, the link is:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changing-how-healthcare-education-is-funded