Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2017 to Question 10312, how many UK Border Force officers were deployed in each month between August 2016 and August 2017.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the date is for the proposed outreach provision to be operational after the proposed closure of Southall Jobcentre on 26 January 2018; what the staffing requirement for that provision will be; and how and when service users will be notified of the date for that provision to be operational and how to access that provision.
Virendra Sharma: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on securing this important and timely debate. Staff from the Department for International Development and many from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office do fantastic work in defending and promoting human rights around the world, but sadly the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has severely harmed the human rights of Nazanin...
Virendra Sharma: What plans does the Minister have to write the tobacco products directive into British law? What discussions has he had with his European counterparts about the TPD?
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department provided for research and development for new drugs, diagnostics and vaccines for tuberculosis in the financial years (a) 2014-2015, (b) 2015-2016 and (c) 2016-2017.
Virendra Sharma: What progress her Department has made on meeting its 2020 target for quality apprenticeship starts.
Virendra Sharma: According to a new Sutton Trust report, “Better Apprenticeships”, two thirds of apprenticeships are the result of merely rebadging existing employee training as apprenticeships. What steps is the Minister taking to ensure that existing employees are participating in substantial training to develop new skills, and not just being accredited for their existing competence?
Virendra Sharma: We are aiming to finish by 3 pm. I am quite flexible, Maria, if you are a little flexible on your side as well.
Virendra Sharma: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this important debate, and congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty) on securing it. Earlier this year, on 20 April, I led a debate in the Chamber on tackling infectious diseases. It was a wide-ranging and well-attended debate, with interest from across the House. A lot has happened since then,...
Virendra Sharma: I call Dr Drew.
Virendra Sharma: Order. Normal practice is that Members indicate that they wish to speak, which you did not do, Mr Grant, and that is why I called the Opposition spokesperson. However, there is time for you to make a brief contribution.
Virendra Sharma: Order. It may be best if the Minister puts the item away.
Virendra Sharma: Whether she plans to exclude international students from the Government's net migration target.
Virendra Sharma: We are now coming to the end of a very successful two-year pilot allowing Chinese nationals a two-year, multiple-entry visa for the price of a six-month single-entry visa. It looks as though that will be made permanent in the new year. Will the Secretary of State commit to introducing the same scheme for Indian nationals, our best allies in trade post-Brexit?
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications her Department has received for standard visitor visas from China in each of the last 10 years; and how many such applications were successful.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful applications her Department has received for two-year visit visas for Chinese nationals from China in each of the years that scheme has been operating.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of overstayers who (a) are and (b) are not in detention from (i) all countries, (ii) India, (iii) China, (iv) Bangladesh and (v) Pakistan.
Virendra Sharma: What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on recent trends in the number of people given custodial sentences for non-payment of council tax.