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Part of Points of Order – in the House of Commons at 10:05 am on 11th January 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration 10:05 am, 11th January 2019

I want to reassure the right hon. Lady on this. As she will know, the EU settled status scheme has been in its pilot beta testing. We have completed both phase 1 and phase 2, and phase 3 will open on 21 January. That is absolutely because we want to make sure that it works for these individuals and that we can give them the reassurance they need before we require to have the system open. In every major IT programme, as she will know only too well, it is much better to go through a testing process than to launch it straightaway. I want to reassure her, in case she had missed it, that that is exactly what we are doing.