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Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: The compliant environment is part of the Government’s drive to address illegal migration, to tackle those who seek to profit from it and to encourage migrants to comply with the rules and laws of the United Kingdom. The public expect us to enforce immigration laws, which have been approved by Parliament, as a matter of fairness to those who abide by the rules.

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: It is an important point that we must provide reassurance and ensure that as many people as possible make contact with the taskforce. That is why we have been working closely with communities to make sure it is very clear that the taskforce has an attitude of helping individuals. I have been to the centre in Sheffield, and I heard people talking through individual phone calls. I listened both...

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: The right hon. Lady is right to indicate that we do not want any dangerous criminals to get away with anything. Where there are safeguarding issues, it is important that data can be shared, but we should be careful to do so on a proportionate basis. On the hardship fund, I was particularly struck when I chaired the cross-departmental meeting by how proactive the DWP was being. I am very...

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: So 2,125 individuals have had confirmation of status, which is done via a biometric residence permit. Many of them will then move on to apply for citizenship, and 584 individuals have been granted that to date. The taskforce has taken many thousands of telephone calls. Well over 8,000 call-backs have been made to people who have made contact in the first instance. I can confirm that more than...

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I thank the hon. Lady for her questions. A lessons learned review, to be headed by Wendy Williams, has already been announced, and its terms of reference will be published. It will give independent oversight, which will help us to ensure that we have a clear picture of what went wrong and how we should take this forward. In the meantime, as Members have heard this morning, we are reviewing...

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I thank my hon. Friend for the question. The lessons learned review is an important part of that, but my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has been very clear that there is, and will be, a cultural change at the Home Office. We have to make sure that we are better at identifying such situations and responding with the appropriate speed. The lessons learned review will help us to understand...

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Lady will, of course, be aware of the integration Green Paper, which is being led by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. In the past few weeks, I have had a number of meetings and conversations with leading charities working in the refugee sector. I am very conscious of the need for us to make sure that refugee communities are given the support—the...

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: Wendy Williams has been appointed to the lessons learned review, and I am optimistic that the terms of reference will be forthcoming very shortly indeed. It is an important review and its findings will be published. I am absolutely confident that Wendy Williams will bring integrity to the review and give it the external scrutiny that it requires.

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: The right hon. Gentleman makes a really important point. Too often, the discussions around immigration are steered by the tabloid press. In due course, both a White Paper and a Bill on immigration will come forward. I sincerely hope that we will be able to have reasoned and intelligent debates in this House, because it is important that we have an immigration system that works in the...

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Lady raises a really important point. She will be absolutely conscious, as I am, that EU citizens have every right to be here under free movement rules. I am conscious that we need to focus our efforts on those who do not have a legal right to be here and make sure that those who are inadvertently caught up in any policy are given absolutely the right assistance and information that...

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: The Government are setting up a compensation scheme and it is absolutely right that we consult on that before so doing. Martin Forde’s call for evidence received a great deal of information—in excess of 600 pieces of evidence. As I have already said, the DWP is the lead Department for making sure that those who were entitled to benefits and may have been denied them have them not...

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Gentleman is always a forceful advocate for his own constituents. Throughout the Windrush crisis, I have seen Members of Parliament from all parties interceding and acting with great speed and compassion. It is essential that we convey a message of reassurance, which is what I sought to do when I attended a drop-in surgery with members of the Caribbean community in Southampton....

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that. I am sure that he was desperately trying to work out where Nokes came from. [Interruption.] I do not know. It is my ex-husband’s name. It is really important that we acknowledge, celebrate and recognise the contribution that immigrants have made to our country, to our community and to our society, and I do that. I hope that, over the coming months...

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: The compliant environment provides some important policies that enable us to distinguish between those who are here legally and those who are not. As I said in response to an earlier question, this was something that commenced many years ago, under a different Government, and it is absolutely right that we should be able to check that those who are accessing benefits and services have the...

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that question. It is, of course, an issue that we are considering very carefully.

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: It is absolutely right that, at a time when we were looking very closely at whether anybody of the Windrush cohort had been negatively impacted, we paused flights to the Caribbean. It is important, going forward, that we look at those flights with utmost rigour, and we are determined to do so.

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: If the hon. Gentleman looks in the Library, he will find that I have provided clarification on that matter.

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: It is important that entry clearance officers consider applications for visitor visas with the utmost rigour. Every year, we issue in the region of 3 million visas—I think that the figure is 2.7 million visas. As I said in Westminster Hall quite recently, I do not believe that we get the answer right in every case, but in the vast majority we do.

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: The use of immigration and removal centres was, in fact, down by 8% last year. The hon. Gentleman will be familiar with the figures that have already been made public—that 63% of detainees are released within 28 days and that in the region of 92% or 93% of detainees are released within four months. Obviously, individuals have the right to apply for immigration bail at any time, and...

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I am happy to look at this individual case if the hon. Gentleman provides me with the details. I am conscious that we need to do better when it comes to the speed of assessing asylum cases and in ensuring that people receive their decisions in a timely manner.


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