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Points of Order

– in the House of Commons at 12:32 pm on 5th February 2020.

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Photo of Dawn Butler Dawn Butler Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities 12:32 pm, 5th February 2020

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The Home Office press team told journalists that all the people on a deportation flight to Jamaica were serious criminals. That seems not to have been true, and, as my hon. Friend Nadia Whittome said earlier, the Government have not even received the lessons learned report.

The wife of a constituent of mine has said that he is due to be deported in just six days’ time. He was convicted under the now unlawful joint enterprise rule, and was released after two months. His wife fears that this stress will kill him because he has a heart problem. Mr Speaker, how can I get the Home Secretary to take this seriously and to be truthful about the people who are due to be on the deportation flight, so that we can halt it until we establish the true facts of the situation?

Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Speaker of the House of Commons

I thank the hon. Lady for giving notice of her point of order. As she knows, it is not a point of order for me personally, but I think that the whole House has sympathy with what she has said, I am sure that Ministers have heard it, and I am sure that someone will look into it as a matter of urgency.

Photo of Margaret Greenwood Margaret Greenwood Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. During Prime Minister’s Question Time On 22 January, responding to a question from the Leader of the Opposition, the Prime Minister said:

“Universal credit has in fact succeeded in getting 200,000 people into jobs.”—[Official Report, 22 January 2020;
Vol. 670, c. 294.]

Correspondence that I received yesterday from Sir David Norgrove, the chair of the UK Statistics Authority—a copy of which has now been published on the authority’s website—shows that the Prime Minister’s claim was not correct. The 200,000 figure represents the Department for Work and Pensions’ estimate of the predicted impact on employment once universal credit has been rolled out, rather than the effect so far. Please will you advise me, Mr Speaker, on how the Prime Minister could set the record straight?

Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Speaker of the House of Commons

I thank the hon. Member for giving me notice of her intention to raise that point of order. It is not a matter for the Chair to police the accuracy of statements in the Chamber, but she has rightly raised the issue, and her opinion has now been put on record. I am sure that there are other ways of raising it if she is still not happy.