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Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: British Citizenship Fees: Children (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: The Home Office sets fees for border, immigration and nationality services at a level that ensures that they make a substantial contribution to the cost of running the immigration system, thereby reducing the burden on the UK taxpayer. Although the economic impact assessments that are published alongside immigration fees legislation do not separately consider child-registration fees, they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: British Citizenship Fees: Children (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: I will not speak about the legal case, for obvious reasons, but I have to disagree with the hon. Gentleman. It is right that there is a balance between the costs faced by the individuals who make applications and those faced by the taxpayer. It is sensible to keep those costs under review, and it is right that Parliament makes the decision as to whether costs are changed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: British Citizenship Fees: Children (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: The hon. Gentleman talks of it as profit, but the revenue generated is used not just to provide public services to those people who make applications but to support wider public services. As I said, it is right that we have a balance between the costs of an application and the costs to which the taxpayer is exposed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: The Government are very concerned about the increase in knife crime and the devastating impact that it has on victims, their families and communities. That is why we published a serious violence strategy in April, setting out action to tackle knife crime, including new legislation in the Offensive Weapons Bill, the launch of the £1 million community fund and continuing police action...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: I thank my hon. Friend for that. I am happy to confirm that the Bill provides defences for a number of items that otherwise would be prohibited, especially those that otherwise would have been delivered to a residential address. This includes bespoke knives and bladed products and those that might be used in re-enactment activities. I can assure him that he will still be allowed to toss the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: First, the hon. Lady is absolutely right to raise this issue. I can assure her that we are doing everything we can working not just across parties, but with a number of groups that have a lot to contribute. We have already made a commitment to work with the all-party parliamentary group. The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, my hon. Friend the Member for Louth and Horncastle...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: I very much agree with my right hon. and learned Friend. I would like to see an increase in sentencing for those who engage in terrible cruelty to animals. May I also take this opportunity to thank him for his Bill and say that we are very happy to support it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: Again, this is an important issue in this debate. There is a lot more that we can do both in Government and in working with other organisations, including community organisations, especially in terms of early intervention and prevention. The funding that was allocated, such as the £11 million on early intervention and youth grants, will make a difference as will the new national centre...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: I remember that debate very well. I thought that my hon. Friend made a thoughtful and valuable contribution. I listened carefully to the suggestion he made then, which is why I am considering it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: We have been having extensive discussions with the Government in Scotland, and they have indicated that they will be supporting the measures in the Bill through a legislative consent motion.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: First, I hope that the hon. Gentleman recognises the importance of dealing with the whole issue of county lines and welcomes the new co-ordination centre. It will be funded through the commitment of £40 million into the serious violence strategy, and the centre’s funding specifically will be £3.6 million over the next two years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration: Skilled Workers (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: The Government are committed to an immigration system that operates in the national interest and ensures that businesses can attract the talented migrants that they need. From 6 July, we remove all doctors’ and nurses’ posts from the yearly cap of 20,700 places, ensuring that the NHS is able to recruit the clinical staff that it needs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration: Skilled Workers (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: I am very sympathetic to the issue that my hon. Friend has raised. As we design our future immigration system, I want to ensure that it takes into account the seasonal demand for labour not only in agriculture, but also perhaps in hospitality. That is why we have asked the independent Migration Advisory Committee to look at this issue. We will see what we can do when the committee reports back.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration: Skilled Workers (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: I know that my hon. Friend will agree that it is fantastic that we will now have an opportunity—for the first time in decades—to design our own immigration system. We should take that seriously, as we are. It will be led by the White Paper, which will come out soon after the summer recess, and an immigration Bill that will make all the changes that are recommended and debated in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration: Skilled Workers (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: I thank my hon. Friend for welcoming the changes and for his support. It is a bit too early to give an assessment, since the changes only came into play on 6 July. Like my hon. Friend, I am confident that they will not only help to provide some of the high skills that our economy needs, but will actually go on to create jobs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration: Skilled Workers (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: The hon. Gentleman will know that we get tens of thousands of applications each year. Unfortunately, in many cases not all the information that is asked for is provided in the first instance. Officials will chase that up, and they will do so in a way that is as helpful as possible. If people want their application to be looked at in a timely manner, it is always helpful if all information is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration: Skilled Workers (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: I can assure the hon. Gentleman that the Home Office works very closely with DEFRA, as with other Departments, on issues affecting migration. With regard to making sure that we have the talent and skills we need for our agricultural sector, working with DEFRA is exactly what we are doing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration: Skilled Workers (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: I am sure that the hon. and learned Lady agrees that we want an immigration system that serves the national interest—that brings immigration down to sustainable levels but also gives the skills that we need for the entire UK, of course including Scotland. My right hon. Friend the Immigration Minister is planning to visit Scotland this summer to meet Ministers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration: Skilled Workers (16 Jul 2018)

Sajid Javid: As always, my right hon. Friend makes a very important point. While we are working on the basis that we will not need it as early as 30 March, he is absolutely right to point out that we should be prepared for all eventualities, and that is exactly what we are doing.


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