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Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Caroline Nokes: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main. I add my congratulations to the hon. Member for Stockton North (Alex Cunningham) on having secured the debate, and I thank all right hon. and hon. Members who have contributed. I will do my best in the time allowed to answer all the questions asked of me. Members did incredibly well in their four allocated minutes to convey their...

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. Glasgow City Council will of course not seek to provide accommodation for the whole of Scotland, and perhaps there is a very good case for breaking contracts down further, which might increase engagement from local authorities. I have to say that I am never averse to the greater engagement and involvement of local authorities. We all know that,...

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Caroline Nokes: Officials have of course engaged with local authorities and will continue to do so, and they have shared with both local authorities and stakeholders the statement of requirements, which has been the subject of much discussion among some Members this afternoon. I am perfectly happy to share that statement of requirements, as some hon. Members requested. I see absolutely no obstacle to doing...

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Caroline Nokes: It would be unfair of me today to comment on numbers without having them immediately to hand, but what is clear through that process, as I think the hon. Member for Glasgow North East pointed out, is that some of those individuals had submitted additional claims for asylum and some were still at an appeals process. That absolutely indicates that the information sharing has to be of the...

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I can see that I am about to be intervened on; I will give way to the hon. Member for Bristol West (Thangam Debbonaire), who has not yet intervened on me.

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I did not say that people who were not at the end of the process should be returned to their country of origin, and I am very conscious—perhaps more conscious than many—of how long the process takes, how many opportunities there are for appeal and, indeed, how often further information is brought forward. There is much more work to do to speed up the process and ensure that Home...

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I will continue to give way; I give way to the hon. Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes).

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I thank the hon. Lady for putting that on the record. I have a comment on the medical processes somewhere in my notes; I may not find it in the course of the next few minutes, but I will try to. Of course we can—at all times and in all ways—improve on our systems, and I am absolutely determined that we will find better ways to ensure that information can be brought forward earlier.

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I will give way to the hon. Member for Glasgow North East, because he has been very patient.

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I refer the hon. Gentleman back to my comments about information sharing and ensuring that information is accurate, because that is the only way in which we will make the best decisions.

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I am sorry; I will not give way again for a little while, because there were a couple of other points in the debate that I found particularly poignant and that I wanted to pick up on. The hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) painted a very clear picture of how the situation in Northern Ireland could be different. His description of children walking through certain areas in a school...

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I will give way to the hon. Member for Stockton North, who secured the debate.

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I thank the hon. Gentleman for making that point; I will certainly think about it. On break clauses, there are indeed mechanisms within the contracts being proposed to ensure that any changes that the Home Office wishes to make in the future can be enacted appropriately, so these are not contracts that are set in stone for a 10-year period. As I said, there is a break clause at seven years,...

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. I am conscious that I only have a couple of minutes left and I was hoping to move on to the bits of my prepared speech that actually include those points. Alongside the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, we continue to explore how central and local Government can work better together to enable us to meet our international...

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I am sorry; I have got one minute left. The new contracts will also focus on safeguarding and improvements to support vulnerable service users, which will build on the enhancements to safeguarding that have been put in place across the immigration system over recent years. Standardised health checks will be introduced to identify those with specific physical and mental health needs, and we...

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: Windrush Generation (10 Oct 2018)

Caroline Nokes: No one who has contacted the Department’s Taskforce for Windrush has subsequently experienced immigration enforcement action as a result of coming forward. We are very clear that information to taskforce will not be passed for enforcement. As at 17 May 2018, 7 individuals who have contacted the Windrush Taskforce, have also been identified as being wanted in connection to an on-going...


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