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Results 61–80 of 5521 for speaker:Caroline Nokes

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Access to Food (25 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: Access to food also requires access to labour to plant, care for and pick it. Over the last year, I have had many representations from farmers in my constituency and from the National Farmers Union. What representations is my right hon. Friend making to Cabinet colleagues advocating a points-based system to make sure that that has sufficient flex so that there is access to labour not just...

Toeic: Overseas Students (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: Five years ago, “Panorama” uncovered the shocking scale of fraud within the English language testing system. ETS, the company that ran the centres, analysed all the tests taken in the UK between 2011 and 2014—more than 58,000 in all. It identified more than 33,000 invalid results where, in its view, there was direct evidence that somebody had cheated, and a further 22,000 were...

Toeic: Overseas Students (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: I commend the right hon. Gentleman for his diligence in pursuing this issue. He certainly brought it to my attention very early on in my tenure as Immigration Minister. It is important to reflect on the fact that the courts have said, in separate cases, that the evidence was enough to take the action that we did and that people had cheated for a variety of reasons. My right hon. Friend the...

Toeic: Overseas Students (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his questions, but I point out to him that, far from this being a shameful scandal, what is shameful is that this was cheating on an industrial scale. The latest National Audit Office report confirmed that abuse of the system was widespread, and the 2012 NAO report indicated that “abuse was rife”. Of course, the Home Office also not only sought compensation...

Toeic: Overseas Students (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his questions. I remind him that in 2014, before his time in this House, it was Parliament that insisted that the Home Office took urgent action to address what had been revealed as widespread cheating. It is important to find a mechanism that provides redress for those who may have been wrongly caught up in this. However, the independent expert, Professor...

Toeic: Overseas Students (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: I thank the hon. Gentleman—I think—for his kind words in saying that he hoped I would be reappointed. However, I reiterate that the allegations were not unsafe and that our approach to taking action on students has been endorsed by the courts, which have consistently found that the Home Office’s evidence was enough to prompt the action that was taken at the time. I emphasise that my...

Toeic: Overseas Students (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Lady was not here in 2014 and perhaps does not remember the pressure from Parliament to address this systematic cheating. I remind her that there have been criminal convictions, with sentences amounting to over 70 years and with more criminal trials to come. It is important to remember that this was a criminal operation on an industrial scale—[Interruption.] The hon. Lady may...

Toeic: Overseas Students (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Lady will know that when it comes to court hearings, judges will decide whether people have a valid claim to remain in the UK. We continue to look at all the options, including whether there is a need for those who feel they have been wronged to be able to ask for their case to be reviewed. As I have said, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary intends to make further announcements...

Toeic: Overseas Students (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that this evidence of cheating came to light in 2014, and evidence of people’s ability to speak English now may have no relation to their ability to speak English back then, given that we are five years on. However, I absolutely refute his accusation that we are no further forward. The written ministerial statement yesterday made it absolutely clear that the...

Toeic: Overseas Students (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: It is worth reflecting on the fact that many of those caught up in this attended a very small selection of colleges, which have subsequently been shut down. There were very close links between colleges being found to be operating outside their licences and these accusations of cheating. However, I must reflect on the fact that there were over 30,000 cases where there was absolute evidence...

Toeic: Overseas Students (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: As I have said, those with questionable tests were given the chance to resit the test at the time. We are clearly stating that the route via an article 8 claim to a family life is one that we wish to enable people to pursue, and they should make another claim. Obviously, I cannot stand here and comment on individual cases, but we are giving people the opportunity to make an article 8 claim,...

Toeic: Overseas Students (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: I remind the hon. Lady of the numbers: 33,663 UK tests were invalid and a further 22,476 were questionable, so we are talking about 55,000 tests. The independent expert who carried out the review found that the likelihood of false matches was less than 1%. As my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary said, where individuals have wrongly been accused of cheating, it is important that they be...

Toeic: Overseas Students (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Gentleman will know that my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary did not “tuck away” 306 words in a written ministerial statement; it was published yesterday. My right hon. Friend said that he would update the House before recess, and he has. He has also been very clear that we want to go further. That is absolutely a priority for me and my right hon. Friend, or indeed whoever...

Written Answers — Home Office: Vacancies (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed. However, a responsible government must plan for every eventuality, including a no deal scenario. As laid out in the policy paper ‘Immigration from 31 October 2019, if there is no deal’ published on the 28 January 2019, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal there will be a transition period, once...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: China (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The Home Office is unable to report on how many applications for asylum from Chinese Uighurs it has received since 2015; and what proportion of those applications have been successful, as to obtain this information would require a manual trawl of records and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. We do, however, publish data on those who have been granted asylum in the UK, with main...

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: EU Nationals (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: All applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme will be able to submit their biometric photograph via their online application. There is no charge for this. Family members who are not EEA or Swiss nationals and do not already hold a Biometric Residence Card will also need to enrol a biometric photograph and fingerprints, excluding children who are 4 years old and under - they do not need to enrol...

Written Answers — Home Office: Free Movement of People (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The Government has been clear that freedom of movement will end after the UK leaves the European Union. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, it will end when the Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill is commenced following Royal Assent.

Written Answers — Home Office: Migrant Workers: Proof of Identity (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The Home Office has no plans to introduce digital IDs for migrants seeking to work in the UK. However, as set out in the Government’s White Paper on the future skills-based immigration system published on 19 December 2018, individuals will use online services to demonstrate their immigration status to employers, landlords and other service providers. These online services will enable...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The Home Office has published data on the number of migrants who crossed the Channel between November 2018 and January 2019.This information can be found at the link below: https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/home- affairs/Correspondence-17-19/19-03-05-Letter-from-Sir-Philip -Rutnam-KCB-Permanent-Secretary-Home-Office-Migrant-boats-in -the-channel.pdf The department does...

Written Answers — Home Office: Local Government: Asylum (24 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The Home Office ensures that asylum seekers, who would otherwise be destitute, are provided with accommodation and a weekly cash allowance. This includes free, furnished accommodation, and we also cover utility costs and provide individuals with a cash allowance to cover other essential living needs. The level of the allowance is reviewed each year.


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