Oral Answers to Questions Debate

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Department: Home Office

Oral Answers to Questions

Joseph Johnson Excerpts
Monday 15th July 2019

(1 year, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Victoria Atkins Portrait Victoria Atkins - Parliament Live - Hansard
15 Jul 2019, 3:36 p.m.

I thank the hon. Lady for her question. The latest official data indicates an increase in police recorded disability hate crime. We believe that is due in part to general police recording improvements, but more clearly needs to be done. That is why we are instigating a review by the Law Commission to ensure that the framework, generally, tackles such hatred. We have had a nationwide public awareness campaign, including specific examples of disability hate crime. We are also funding community projects across the country, including a number that directly tackle disability hate crime, such as Changing Faces and Barnardo’s.

Joseph Johnson (Orpington) (Con) Parliament Live - Hansard
15 Jul 2019, 3:36 p.m.

In his excellent op-ed in the Financial Times on 7 June, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State said it made no sense at all to send back home straight after their studies some of the brightest and most enterprising people in the world, and he also backed a cross-party move to liberalise the student visa regime. Could he update the House on his progress in restoring the two-year post-study work visa that was removed in 2012?

Sajid Javid Portrait Sajid Javid - Parliament Live - Hansard
15 Jul 2019, 3:37 p.m.

I am very sympathetic to what my hon. Friend has said. I think that is exactly the kind of change we should be looking at. It is not the policy of the current Cabinet, but, as he knows, there will be a change in the Cabinet very soon. We do not know who will lead that change, but it might well be someone he is quite close to, so he might want to lobby them too. However, I am very sympathetic, and I will happily work with my hon. Friend.