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Joanna Cherry

Scottish National Party - Edinburgh South West

First elected: 7th May 2015


Human Rights (Joint Committee)
21st Jul 2022 - 21st Jun 2023
Liaison Committee (Commons)
21st Jul 2022 - 21st Jun 2023
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Justice)
20th Jun 2017 - 1st Feb 2021
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Home Affairs)
20th Jun 2017 - 1st Feb 2021
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
2nd Mar 2020 - 16th Jan 2021
Human Rights (Joint Committee)
6th Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committee on Exiting the European Union
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Justice and Home Affairs)
13th May 2015 - 20th Jun 2017
Committee on Exiting the European Union
31st Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
31st Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Joanna Cherry has voted in 620 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Priti Patel (Conservative)
(46 debate interactions)
Robert Jenrick (Conservative)
(32 debate interactions)
Robert Buckland (Conservative)
(31 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(244 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(74 debate contributions)
Ministry of Justice
(49 debate contributions)
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Edinburgh South West Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petition Debates Contributed

We want the UK to be neutral in the conflict between Israel and Palestine, and withdraw offers of support for Israel.

We want the Government to seek a ceasefire and also seek to address the root cause of the current conflict by promoting dialogue and advocating for the end of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The UK Government should urge the Israeli Government to stop the blockade of Food, Fuel and Electricity to the already impoverished city of Gaza

The Government must exercise its power under s.23 of the Gender Recognition Act to modify the operation of the Equality Act 2010 by specifying the terms sex, male, female, man & woman, in the operation of that law, mean biological sex and not "sex as modified by a Gender Recognition Certificate"

It has been reported that the Government may amend the Equality Act to "make it clear that sex means biological sex rather than gender." The Government has previously committed to not remove legal protections for trans people, an already marginalised group, but this change would do so.

The proposed Human Rights Act reforms must be withdrawn. The Government must not make any changes to the Human Rights Act, especially ones that dilute people's human rights in any circumstances, make the Government less accountable, or reduce people's ability to make human rights claims.

Join other nations in providing a route to safety for refugees. Waive all visa requirements for Ukrainian passport holders arriving in the UK.

Reform the GRA to allow transgender people to self-identify without the need for a medical diagnosis, to streamline the administrative process, and to allow non-binary identities to be legally recognised.


Latest EDMs signed by Joanna Cherry

26th March 2024
Joanna Cherry signed this EDM on Tuesday 26th March 2024

Referral of matters of 21 February 2024 to the Committee of Privileges

Tabled by: William Wragg (Independent - Hazel Grove)
That this House notes the Speaker’s decision on selection and calling of amendments on 21 February 2024 was not in accordance with the established precedent for Opposition days; and accordingly considers that, notwithstanding the Resolution of this House of 6 February 1978, the matter of whether undue pressure was placed …
71 signatures
(Most recent: 19 Apr 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 42
Conservative: 25
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 1
24th January 2024
Joanna Cherry signed this EDM on Tuesday 27th February 2024

Support for families of British Palestinians

Tabled by: Drew Hendry (Scottish National Party - Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)
That this House absolutely condemns the ongoing conflict in Gaza; further condemns the futile and tragic loss of life and the impact on all Palestinians; notes with specific concern the situation of Salim Ghayyada’s 40 immediate family members who have been forced to abandon their homes in Gaza City and …
34 signatures
(Most recent: 15 Apr 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 21
Labour: 5
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Green Party: 1
Alliance: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Joanna Cherry, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


1 Urgent Question tabled by Joanna Cherry

Tuesday 10th March 2020

Joanna Cherry has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Joanna Cherry


A Bill to amend the Scotland Act 1998 to grant to the Scottish Parliament legislative competence in respect of the role and functions of the Scottish Law Officers; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 22nd March 2024

Latest 50 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
18th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect on workforce numbers in key occupations of the UK EU Trade and cooperation agreement.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement delivers what the British public voted for in the referendum and at the last General Election. It is the first free trade agreement the EU has ever reached based on zero tariffs and zero quotas.

This Agreement will help unlock investment and protect high value jobs right across the UK. We will now take full advantage of the opportunities created by this deal – helping to boost productivity, unlock investment and safeguard high value jobs in the UK.

We have taken back control of our borders meaning we control who comes into the country, as demonstrated by our new Points Based System which has now gone live. This fairer, firmer and skills-led system will enable companies to attract the best and brightest from around the world.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
16th Nov 2021
What new support he plans to provide to energy transition projects in Scotland.

Our Net Zero Strategy supports well-paid jobs, leverages up to £90 billion of private investment by 2030 across the UK and outlines support for projects in Scotland, including the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund and the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the impact of (a) trade rules implemented following the UK's departure from the EU and (b) rules on sending charitable donations of goods to EU countries on the number of shipments of humanitarian aid from the UK to EU countries, such as Greece and Poland.

British goods exports to the EU were up 4.1% in 2021 on the previous year, whilst British goods imports from the EU were down 4.5% in the same period.

Although customs processes must still be followed, humanitarian goods are subject to customs duty relief. Businesses and charities can contact the Export Support Service for help relating to the Ukraine crisis.

4th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the Government's policy is on granting export licences for non-military sonar equipment to (a) China and (b) a third country where the purchaser is a Chinese registered firm.

The Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, last updated in a Written Ministerial Statement on 25th March 2014, sets out the policy framework for assessing all export licence applications.

4th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the longest number of days her Department has taken to make an export licence decision from the date of the initial request to the date of the first decision being communicated to the applicant in each quarter of (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

HM Government publishes Official Statistics on export licences granted, refused and revoked to all destinations on GOV.UK, on a quarterly and annual basis. These reports contain detailed information including the overall value, type (e.g. Military, Other) and a summary of the items covered by these licences.

This information is available at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/strategic-export-controls-licensing-data. The most recent publication was on 13th October 2020, covering the period 1st April – 30th June 2020.

Internal records held indicate, in each quarter between Q1 2018 and Q2 2020, the longest an application has taken to process a Standard Individual Export Licence (SIEL) by HM Government, is as follows:

Period

Longest an application has taken, in working days

Q1 2018

901

Q2 2018

887

Q3 2018

1018

Q4 2018

424

Q1 2019

576

Q2 2019

730

Q3 2019

431

Q4 2019

573

Q1 2020

488

Q2 2020

549

4th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of applications for export licences have been declined where the item is being exported to (a) China and (b) a third country where the purchaser is a Chinese registered firm or has been deemed to have links with China, in each quarter of (i) 2018, (ii) 2019 and (iii) 2020.

HM Government publishes Official Statistics on export licences granted, refused and revoked to all destinations on GOV.UK, on a quarterly and annual basis.

These reports contain detailed information including the overall value, type (e.g. Military, Other) and a summary of the items covered by these licences. This information is available at: gov.uk/government/collections/strategic-export-controls-licensing-data

However, the information requested by the Hon. Lady can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

3rd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the average number of days her Department has taken to make export licence decisions from the date of the initial request to the date of the first decision being communicated to the applicant in each quarter of (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

HM Government publishes Official Statistics on export licences granted, refused and revoked to all destinations on GOV.UK, on a quarterly and annual basis.

These reports contain detailed information including the overall value, type (e.g. Military, Other) and a summary of the items covered by these licences. This information is available at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/strategic-export-controls-licensing-data

The most recent publication was on 13th October 2020, covering the period 1st April to 30th June 2020. For Standard Individual Export Licence (SIEL) applications, the data is reproduced below.

Period

Median processing times (days)

Q1 2018

11

Q2 2018

11

Q3 2018

10

Q4 2018

12

Q1 2019

11

Q2 2019

10

Q3 2019

10

Q4 2019

15

Q1 2020

15

Q2 2020

13

29th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Government plans to support economic recovery as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

The Secretary of State and my ministerial colleagues have frequent conversations with the Chancellor and Treasury ministers on the vital role of transport in re-igniting the economy, and levelling up across the UK. We've already made important announcements, including £2bn of funding to encourage people to walk and cycle, and announced £100m of funding to improve local roads. I will continue to work closely with the Chancellor, including on Project Speed, to make sure we are building and delivering transport that will help drive the UK's recovery from Covid-19.

20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report published by the National Audit Office on 30 March 2022 on their investigation into the management of PPE contracts, what measures were put in place to check the background of companies and their ability to deliver PPE items.

All offers received a rigorous financial, commercial, legal and policy assessment, led by officials in various Government departments. The final decision on whether to enter a contract was made by the appropriate Accounting Officer in the Department. Due diligence checks on offers of personal protective equipment were performed by the PPE Cell, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence which confirmed United Kingdom supplier financial accounts information; company health checks such as profitability, financial ratios and supplier information; international supplier accounts; and serious organised crime footprints.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report published by the National Audit Office entitled Investigation into the management of PPE contracts, published on 30 March 2022, what steps were taken to corroborate the legitimacy of (a) certification paper work and (b) factory credentials and product and process certificates when offering contracts to organisations for the supply of personal protective equipment.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report published by the National Audit Office on 30 March 2022 on their investigation into the management of PPE contracts, whether the Government (a) consulted with or (b) made use of any third-party organisations who have experience in detecting fraud or identifying fake or counterfeit products.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which stakeholder groups the NHS England National Advisor for LGBT Health has engaged with in the last six months.

The National Adviser for LGBT Health engages with a wide range of stakeholder groups including Government departments, National Health Service organisations, Royal Colleges, regulators and voluntary and community sector organisations. In the last six months the National Adviser for LGBT Health has engaged with the following organisations:

- The Department of Health and Social Care;

- The Government Equalities Office;

- The Care Quality Commission;

- The General Medical Council;

- The Nursing and Midwifery Council;

- The General Pharmaceutical Council;

- The Royal College of General Practitioners;

- The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology;

- The Royal College of Midwives;

- The Royal College of Nurses;

- The Equality and Human Rights Commission;

- NHS Digital;

- NHSX;

- The UK Health Security Agency;

- The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities;

- Healthwatch;

- Albert Kennedy Trust;

- Opening Doors London;

- National LGB&T Partnership;

- LGBT Consortium;

- LGBT Foundation;

- Metro Charity;

- Stonewall Housing;

- The Proud Trust;

- Stonewall;

- Alike;

- Mermaids;

- Live Through This;

- LGBT Hero;

- Yorkshire Mesmac

- cliniQ;

- Terrence Higgins Trust;

- Gendered Intelligence;

- Leicester LGBT Centre;

- Birmingham LGBT;

- Galop;

- Switchboard;

- London Friend;

- LGBTIQ Outside Project;

- Lancashire LGBT;

- Intersex Equality Rights UK;

- Spectra;

- Intercom Trust;

- LGBT Dorset;

- MindOut;

- ELOP (East London Out Project);

- Parapride;

- Intersex Equality Rights UK;

- National Maternity Voices;

- Beyond Bea;

- Aching Arms;

- LGBT Mummies Tribe;

- Local Maternity Voice Partnership Chairs;

- Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals;

- NHS Youth Forum;

- Womens’ Budget Group;

- Women’s Resource Centre;

- Fair Play for Women;

- Faith Action;

- The Race Equality Foundation; and

- The HOPE Network.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the National Advisor for LGBT Health for NHS England's priorities are; and how those priorities contribute to the work of his Department.

The National Adviser is focused on reducing the heath inequalities faced by LGBT people, advising on ways to improve the care LGBT people receive when accessing the National Health Service and public health services and is a visible advocate for LGBT equality within the NHS, providing a voice for LGBT service users within the health and social care system. The National Adviser works to improve healthcare professionals’ awareness of LGBT issues, facilitating better patient care, working with relevant statutory organisations and professional associations to embed LGBT issues into physical and mental health services. The National Adviser’s four priorities are:

- Improving data collection and monitoring of sexual orientation, gender identity and rans status across the NHS;

- Improving education and training of the NHS workforce to support them to better address LGBT+ health inequalities;

- Supporting the NHS to deliver more LGBT+ inclusive services; and

- Supporting the NHS to be a more inclusive workplace and to improve the experience of the LGBT+ workforce.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
19th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the governance arrangements are for the development of the NHS COVID-19 app.

We will review governance arrangements as part of the next phase of the development of the National Health Service COVID-19 app. We have previously drawn on expertise from across Government, civil society and industry to review our design and help test the app, including providing technical assurance.

19th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the membership of the Oversight Board of NHSX, chaired by Mark Gould.

There is no Oversight Board for NHSX, which is a joint unit of the Department with NHS England and NHS Improvement. Matthew Gould is the Chief Executive.

19th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Israeli authorities on lifting restrictions to (a) water, (b) food, (c) fuel and (d) electricity in Gaza.

The UK is calling for immediate unimpeded humanitarian access to Gaza so that essential aid can reach civilian populations including food, water, fuel and medical supplies. The UK is also calling on all parties to protect border crossings to support safe humanitarian access and mitigate harm to civilians. The FCDO is actively engaging with the international humanitarian system (including intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organisations, UN agencies, civil society organisations) to address the current humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

On the 16 October, the Prime Minister announced £10 million in humanitarian funding for civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) and on 23 October a further £20 million, in response to the escalating conflict. This funding will allow trusted partners, including key UN agencies, to provide essential relief items and services. These could include food, water and emergency shelter, depending on the needs on the ground. The UK is also exploring options for moving humanitarian supplies closer to the region and is liaising with aid agencies in the region to ensure relief supplies can be distributed as quickly and effectively as possible.

Both the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary have emphasised the importance of taking all possible measures to protect innocent civilians and underlined the importance of safe humanitarian access to Gaza in their discussions with their Israeli counterparts. On 19 October, the Foreign Secretary travelled to the region where he met leaders in Egypt, Turkey and Qatar and pushed for agreement on humanitarian access to Gaza, the release of British hostages and foreign nationals, and securing safe passage for British Nationals to leave Gaza. The UK will remain committed to mitigating the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza and calling for international humanitarian law to be respected, while standing alongside the people of Israel against the terrorist group Hamas.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Academic Technology Approval Scheme.

So far in 2022 we have received over 49,000 ATAS applications, of which only 824 remain beyond their target processing time. In order to process these numbers, staffing has been increased and a significant IT upgrade is underway. ATAS continues to be an essential tool to prevent sensitive UK technology from reaching military programmes of concern.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
18th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of post graduate international students unable to commence their course of studies in the UK due to delays in applications being processed under the Academic Technology Approval Scheme; and whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of delays in processing these applications on the UK's reputation as a destination for (a) international students and (b) academic research.

So far in 2022 we have received over 45,000 applications. We currently have 3382 applications under consideration, including those within the target processing time; the oldest outstanding application is 324 days. FCDO staff have regular meetings with the Higher Education Sector to discuss a variety of topics relating to the protection of sensitive research and that includes ATAS. In addition, FCDO works closely with other government departments to ensure that ATAS policy is fully understood and communicated in their conversations with the sector. It is not possible to make a calculation of the impact of delays to course start dates as a result of ATAS assessments because not all ATAS applications lead to a visa application and courses start throughout the year.

Leo Docherty
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)
18th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives of universities and colleges on the Academic Technology Approval Scheme.

So far in 2022 we have received over 45,000 applications. We currently have 3382 applications under consideration, including those within the target processing time; the oldest outstanding application is 324 days. FCDO staff have regular meetings with the Higher Education Sector to discuss a variety of topics relating to the protection of sensitive research and that includes ATAS. In addition, FCDO works closely with other government departments to ensure that ATAS policy is fully understood and communicated in their conversations with the sector. It is not possible to make a calculation of the impact of delays to course start dates as a result of ATAS assessments because not all ATAS applications lead to a visa application and courses start throughout the year.

Leo Docherty
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)
18th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November to Question 86512 on Academic Technology Approval Scheme, how many applications are awaiting decision; and for how many days the oldest outstanding application has been waiting for a decision.

So far in 2022 we have received over 45,000 applications. We currently have 3382 applications under consideration, including those within the target processing time; the oldest outstanding application is 324 days. FCDO staff have regular meetings with the Higher Education Sector to discuss a variety of topics relating to the protection of sensitive research and that includes ATAS. In addition, FCDO works closely with other government departments to ensure that ATAS policy is fully understood and communicated in their conversations with the sector. It is not possible to make a calculation of the impact of delays to course start dates as a result of ATAS assessments because not all ATAS applications lead to a visa application and courses start throughout the year.

Leo Docherty
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill on the UK’s international reputation.

The UK is playing a positive role in Europe and globally, working with partners to defend freedom and democracy, as we are in Ukraine. We are strengthening our bilateral relationships in Europe and have signed 30 bilateral agreements with European partners since exiting the EU. We are fixing the problems with the Protocol, upholding the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and ensuring the EU is no worse off.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she plans to take in the next financial year to diversify UK aid partners and give more opportunities to small and medium-sized charities to participate in the delivery of UK aid programmes.

The FCDO is currently finalising its spending plans for the next three financial years, including plans for future central funding to civil society. We will take into consideration our support to small and medium-sized charities in the delivery of UK aid. Despite the challenging financial climate as a result of COVID-19, FCDO protected funding this year to the 55 Small Charities Challenge Fund projects which were under implementation. This includes five grants to support the capacity development of small UK charities.
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when she expects to announce a future round of applications for impact grant funding.

The FCDO is currently finalising its spending plans for the next three financial years, including plans for future central funding for civil society.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many local roles were advertised and/or recruited by the British Embassy in Afghanistan in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

In 2019, 7 vacancies were advertised; in 2020, 6 vacancies were advertised; and finally in 2021 - 1 vacancy was advertised by the British Embassy in Afghanistan.

28th Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 24 March 2022 to Question 143714 on Refugees: Ukraine, what steps the Government can take to facilitate the exchange of Hryvnia notes for Sterling given the controls on the Ukrainian currency.

I refer the honourable member to the answer that I gave on 24 March 2022 to UIN 143714.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
21st Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to help Ukrainian refugees who have fled to the UK to exchange their physical currency for sterling.

The government will monitor if steps are needed to support financial services provision for Ukrainian refugees in the UK’s marketplace.

Participants in industry have highlighted measures they have taken to support refugees and their access to essential financial services.

The Government recognises that access to a current account is key to enabling people to manage their money on a day-to-day basis effectively, securely, and confidently.

The nine largest personal current account providers in the UK are legally required to offer basic bank accounts to customers in the UK who do not have a bank account or who are not eligible for a bank’s standard current account. Customers must be lawfully resident in the UK to be eligible, and this includes Ukrainian nationals who have entered the UK under the Ukrainian Scheme and Ukrainian Family Scheme.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
3rd Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to provide technical expertise to UK charities seeking to send shipments of humanitarian aid to EU countries to ensure they are not affected by customs restrictions imposed following the UK's departure from the EU.

HMRC understands that people in the UK want to help those affected by the invasion of Ukraine. The Government advises that the best way to help the Ukrainian people is to donate money through the Disasters Emergency Committee or other trusted charities. The Disasters Emergency Committee appeal can be found here: https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal.

Most goods crossing borders require customs declarations and may be subject to checks. Duty and other border taxes may be payable on entry into other customs territories, such as the EU. This includes goods donated to charities and in kind assistance, such as food, blankets, and clothing.

Charities will need to follow UK export guidance and comply with any import rules and pay any taxes or duty owed in the EU or other country that the goods are being sent to, including Ukraine.

However, we appreciate that people and businesses may still wish to donate aid directly to the region and we are exploring further ways to support this. UK charities requiring advice about transporting humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees can contact the free-to-use Export Support Service (ESS). The ESS helpline number is 0300 303 8955 and is currently operational 7 days a week, from 08:00-2200hours. Support can also be accessed online: https://www.gov.uk/ask-export-support-team.

Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
7th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of including time spent awaiting an asylum decision within the five year period applicants must be in the UK before they may apply for indefinite leave to remain.

Whilst we do not have any plans to review the process by which refugees may apply for settlement protection, we have taken action to accelerate decision-making and rapidly speed up processing times to eliminate the backlog of people waiting for initial asylum decisions by the end of 2023. This will ensure asylum seekers are not left months or even years waiting for a decision.

We have done this by streamlining and modernising the end-to-end process, with improved guidance and more focussed interviews; and continued enhancement of digital technology.

7th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the impact of fraud on businesses.

Discussions with Cabinet peers are held in confidence. However, the Government takes the issue of fraud very seriously and is dedicated to protecting the public and businesses from this devastating crime.

The 2020 Economic Crime Survey showed that around 1 in 5 businesses in surveyed sectors had been a victim of fraud over a three-year period. The mean annual cost per business of all fraud incidents was around £16,000, and the median cost was £1,000. 37% of businesses that experienced fraud also reported other impacts, including on the wellbeing of their staff.

The Fraud Strategy, published earlier this year, sets out the Government’s three pillar approach to tackling this crime. We will work with industry, intelligence agencies, law enforcement, and with all partners to ensure that people and businesses have the advice and support they need.

Tom Tugendhat
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
18th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the UK-EU Trade and cooperation agreement on refugee resettlement programs and when those programs will be restarted in full.

The UK’s refugee resettlement schemes operate outside of the EU and we don't envisage any impact on them from the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

Following the temporarily pause to the resettlement of refugees, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, arrivals recommenced in December 2020. The final arrivals under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme will take place during early 2021, delivering on our commitment to resettle 20,000 refugees who have fled the conflict in Syria to rebuild their lives safely in the UK.

We will continue to honour our commitment to those who have been invited to the UK and we will roll out a new global resettlement scheme in the future, along with a new firm and fair asylum system which will welcome people through safe and legal routes.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
18th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse was of transitioning to the replacement systems for (a) Europol, (b) Eurojust and (c) Schengen Information System II.

I refer the Honourable Member to the answer given to PQ 133894 on 15 January 2021.

18th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to agree bilateral treaties with EU Member States for cross border policing.

The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement includes a deal on law enforcement and criminal justice cooperation which delivers a comprehensive package of capabilities that will ensure we can work with counterparts across Europe to tackle serious crime and terrorism. Hence the UK Parliament’s support for the agreement was a vital part of ensuring we can use these capabilities to protect the public and bring criminals to justice across our Union.

We also have excellent bilateral cooperation with Member States across the EU on a wide range of law enforcement and criminal justice issues. We will continue to consider ways we can strengthen this.

6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what real-time systems are available to UK Border Force to enforce a ban on foreign criminals sentenced to more than one year in prison entering the UK.

While it is not possible to reveal the details of how security checks at the border operate, Border Force undertakes to perform 100 per cent checks on scheduled passengers arriving in the UK. The majority of passengers are also checked against our systems before they travel, through the collection of Advanced Passenger Information (API). Where we are aware of individuals that pose a threat to the UK we can and do refuse entry and, where legislation applies, refuse Authority to Carry prior to departure.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU Member States have refused a request from the UK to extradite a suspect under the surrender arrangements of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation agreement to date.

The Home Office does not hold the information requested.

The National Crime Agency handles requests made through the European Arrest Warrant as well as those made under the new surrender arrangements.

Statistics on the European Arrest Warrant have been published by the National Crime Agency for each year of its operation. These figures are published at: https://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/who-we-are/publications

6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were subject to outstanding UK requests under the European Arrest warrant as at 31 December 2020; and how many of those cases are live requests under the replacement surrender arrangements.

The Home Office does not hold the information requested.


The National Crime Agency handles requests made through the European Arrest Warrant as well as those made under the new surrender arrangements.


Statistics on the European Arrest Warrant have been published by the National Crime Agency for each year of its operation. These figures are published at: https://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/who-we-are/publications

6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the average time between (a) a request and an arrest and (b) an arrest and return of a subject to the UK under the surrender arrangements of the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement.

The streamlined extradition arrangements agreed under the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement are based on the exchange of warrants between judicial authorities which are similar to the arrangements in place between the EU and Norway and Iceland and contain identical time limits to those under the European Arrest Warrant Framework Decision. The arrangements are intended to be as fast and effective as those under the European Arrest Warrant while providing greater safeguards for those who are arrested.

6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests the UK has made to EU member states for information on the criminal background of EU citizens in 2021; and how many responses it has received.

The Home Office does not hold the information requested.

However, statistics on the Criminal Records Exchange are published by the national Criminal Records Office (ACRO) quarterly.

These figures are published at: https://www.acro.police.uk/Publications

6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Passenger Name Record (PNR) data from the EU to the UK accessible under the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement include (a) the criminal records of and (b) intelligence on passengers.

PNR data is generated by airlines in their normal course of business as a record of each passenger's details needed to process their booking. It may include information such as the passenger’s name, passport and contact details, how the reservation was made and paid for, travel itinerary and any travel companions. PNR data does not include criminal record information or intelligence on passengers.
Airlines operating flights to and from the UK are under a legal requirement to transfer PNR data which is used to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute terrorist offences and serious crime. Processing of PNR data is undertaken in intelligence-led operations and post-incident investigations to detect known individuals; to identify otherwise unknown individuals whose PNR data or pattern of travel is linked to or associated with terrorism-related or serious criminal activity, and to identify and protect vulnerable individuals.

20th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the article in Pécs Journal of International and European Law entitled UK Nuclear Deterrence Policy and International Law: Terrorism with Impunity, published on 15 December 2021; and if he will make a statement.

That article raises questions about domestic and international terrorism laws. Ministry of Defence officials have reviewed it and strongly disagree with its analysis. I can assure the House the UK’s nuclear deterrent is fully compliant and compatible with both our domestic and international legal obligations.

The Government considers that offences created by the Terrorism Act 2000 and the Terrorism Act 2006 are not engaged by the UK’s nuclear deterrence policy and rejects the assertion in the article that “most, perhaps all, military action is an offence” under terrorism legislation.

As stated in the UK Integrated Review 2021, the UK would consider using its nuclear weapons only in extreme circumstances of self-defence, including the defence of its NATO Allies. The legality of any such use would depend upon the circumstances and the application of the general rules of international law, including those regulating the use of force and the conduct of hostilities.

5th Jul 2021
What steps his Department is taking to support women in the armed forces.

It is important we improve the experience of women in the Armed Forces which is why we are investing in policies such as flexible service, wrap-around childcare and better working practices. It is also important that we provide support in cases of unacceptable behaviour. That is why the Wigston Report and reforms to the Service Justice and Service Complaints Systems will change Defence’s culture and make it easier to tackle unacceptable behaviours.

17th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his oral contribution of 9 June 2020, Official report, column 147, how civil society organisations can (a) submit evidence to and (b) participate in the independent review into the operation of the Human Rights Act 1998.

As set out in the manifesto, the Government will look at the broader aspects of our constitution including the balance between the rights of individuals and effective government, this includes updating the Human Rights Act. Further details will be announced in due course. This does not change the fact that the UK is committed to the European Convention on Human Rights, and will continue to champion human rights at home and abroad.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
17th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his oral contribution of 9 June 2020, Official report, column 147, when the independent review into the operation of the Human Rights Act 1998 will report.

As set out in the manifesto, the Government will look at the broader aspects of our constitution including the balance between the rights of individuals and effective government, this includes updating the Human Rights Act. Further details will be announced in due course. This does not change the fact that the UK is committed to the European Convention on Human Rights, and will continue to champion human rights at home and abroad.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
17th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his oral contribution of 9 June 2020, Official report, column 147, what criteria were used to appoint members to the independent review into the operation of the Human Rights Act 1998.

As set out in the manifesto, the Government will look at the broader aspects of our constitution including the balance between the rights of individuals and effective government, this includes updating the Human Rights Act. Further details will be announced in due course. This does not change the fact that the UK is committed to the European Convention on Human Rights, and will continue to champion human rights at home and abroad.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
17th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his oral contribution of 9 June 2020, Official Report, column 147, what the membership is of the independent review into the operation of the Human Rights Act 1998.

As set out in the manifesto, the Government will look at the broader aspects of our constitution including the balance between the rights of individuals and effective government, this includes updating the Human Rights Act. Further details will be announced in due course. This does not change the fact that the UK is committed to the European Convention on Human Rights, and will continue to champion human rights at home and abroad.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
17th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his oral contribution of 9 June 2020, Official Report, column 147, who is the Chair of the independent review into the operation of the Human Rights Act 1998.

As set out in the manifesto, the Government will look at the broader aspects of our constitution including the balance between the rights of individuals and effective government, this includes updating the Human Rights Act. Further details will be announced in due course. This does not change the fact that the UK is committed to the European Convention on Human Rights, and will continue to champion human rights at home and abroad.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
17th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his oral contribution of 9 June 2020, Official Report, column 147, what the terms of reference are of the independent review into the operation of the Human Rights Act 1998.

As set out in the manifesto, the Government will look at the broader aspects of our constitution including the balance between the rights of individuals and effective government, this includes updating the Human Rights Act. Further details will be announced in due course. This does not change the fact that the UK is committed to the European Convention on Human Rights, and will continue to champion human rights at home and abroad.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice