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Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Intimidation of People in Public Life (12 Sep 2018)

Brandon Lewis: Intimidation can do real damage to our democracy and has no part to play in healthy debate. The Minister with responsibility for the constitution, my hon. Friend the Member for Norwich North (Chloe Smith), has launched a consultation on a new electoral offence of intimidating candidates and campaigners. I encourage anyone who has experienced this sort of unacceptable intimidation to respond...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Intimidation of People in Public Life (12 Sep 2018)

Brandon Lewis: My hon. Friend makes a good point. He is absolutely right. An electoral offence has a higher tariff. It is right that we are clear that our democracy is precious and important. We must do everything we can to protect robust debate with respect.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Intimidation of People in Public Life (12 Sep 2018)

Brandon Lewis: The hon. Gentleman makes the very good point that this should not be allowed to continue. We must look at all options on how we can ensure that. We have said we want to work with those companies and platforms to ensure they see proper debate but with respect. I encourage the hon. Gentleman’s party to adopt, as the Conservative party has, a respect pledge to behave properly in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Intimidation of People in Public Life (12 Sep 2018)

Brandon Lewis: My hon. Friend highlights a worrying problem that we are seeing across public life: people are seeing this kind of abuse. It was raised at last week’s Prime Minister’s questions. We all have a duty to stand up against this. The criminal bar on this is in place all year around. We are looking at the election as a separate issue in the consultation, but he is right: we all have a...

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (27 Jun 2018)

Brandon Lewis: My hon. Friend is right to ask that question. We are focused on ensuring that we deliver a successful and positive exit from the European Union. The Cabinet Office works closely with colleagues in the Department for Exiting the European Union and other Departments to ensure that all those places are professionally filled. I can confirm that, as of the end of March 2018, some 5,500 staff have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Public Life: Intimidation (16 May 2018)

Brandon Lewis: The trend of increased intimidation can seriously damage our democracy. That is why we will be consulting on recommendations made by the Committee on Standards in Public Life to undertake legislative changes, for example, to remove candidates’ addresses from ballot papers and create an electoral offence of intimidating candidates. An electoral offence will reflect our view that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Public Life: Intimidation (16 May 2018)

Brandon Lewis: Absolutely. My hon. Friend makes a very good point. That was a shocking incident, which I hope all of us on both sides of the House would find abhorrent. The candidate had her one-year-old daughter in the room when the brick was thrown. That is a salutary lesson to us all. Such conduct deters people from participating in politics. That is why we have to look at removing the requirement on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Public Life: Intimidation (16 May 2018)

Brandon Lewis: As I have said in the House in the past, we should all be prepared to have good, strong and robust debate, but it should and must be done with respect.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Public Life: Intimidation (16 May 2018)

Brandon Lewis: My right hon. Friend has great experience, and he is absolutely right that we have to crack down on that kind of behaviour and make it clear that we must allow debate with respect, so that people want to and feel confident to get involved in politics. I just hope the Labour party will get its house in order and bring in a respect code as well.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Women and Political Office (28 Mar 2018)

Brandon Lewis: The Government Equalities Office has commissioned a review to identify barriers that limit women’s participation in national Government, the aim being to provide political parties with a range of solutions to draw on. We will also launch a consultation this summer on the introduction of a new electoral offence to tackle the intimidation of parliamentary candidates and campaigners.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Women and Political Office (28 Mar 2018)

Brandon Lewis: My hon. Friend makes a very important point, and he is right. Sadly, it is noticeable that abuse on social media is particularly directed at women. We recently enacted the Digital Economy Act 2017 to help ensure that online abuse is effectively tackled through a robust code; but ultimately, as political parties, we have our bit to do to make sure we give people protection online—robust...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Women and Political Office (28 Mar 2018)

Brandon Lewis: A number of local authorities are looking at how they can vary their meeting times. The Local Government Association, the chairman of which I met just this morning, is looking at how it can advise local authorities on what they can do to encourage more participation. Some local authorities even pay for childcare; but ultimately, we have to make sure that people feel they can conduct...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Women and Political Office (28 Mar 2018)

Brandon Lewis: Absolutely. Again, my right hon. Friend makes a good observation. It is important that we encourage people from all backgrounds, including women and young people, to feel that they can get involved and that there are opportunities to get involved, participate and contribute to public life. To do that, they need to feel safe in that environment, and that is largely down to the political...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Women and Political Office (28 Mar 2018)

Brandon Lewis: One of the key things to having more women involved in local government is political parties encouraging more women to get involved. Conservative Members will certainly be doing that, and I hope the hon. Lady will join me in calling for these local elections to have a respect pledge—the Labour party should step up and do that—to make sure that people feel they can have robust...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Women and Political Office (28 Mar 2018)

Brandon Lewis: My hon. Friend makes a good point. It is right in this year that we take the opportunity to continue to highlight why it is important that we see more people, particularly women, getting involved in public life. There is £5 million available, and I am sure that the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, my hon. Friend the Member for Norwich North (Chloe Smith), will be happy to liaise...

Written Answers — Home Office: British Nationality: Applications (8 Jan 2018)

Brandon Lewis: The target is to decide straightforward cases within six months. Performance against that target is recorded in published data here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/in-country-migrat ion-data-november-2017 on the tab InC_02. The latest data published shows that 100% of straightforward cases were decided within target. There is no published data on actual processing times.

Written Answers — Home Office: Home Office: Written Questions (8 Jan 2018)

Brandon Lewis: Question UIN 116509 was answered on 21st December 2017.

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum (5 Jan 2018)

Brandon Lewis: Details of the support available to asylum seekers including payments toward the costs arising from the birth of a new baby can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/asylum-support/overview The full policy and guidance for processing such claims is published on the GOV. UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/asylum-support-asy lum-instructions

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: Detainees (21 Dec 2017)

Brandon Lewis: We do not release in-year data ahead of the publication of our annual report and accounts until after the figures have been finalised, audited by the National Audit Office, and laid before Parliament.

Written Answers — Home Office: British Nationality: Applications (21 Dec 2017)

Brandon Lewis: Prior to FY2014/15 citizenship income were grouped under ‘Settlement and Nationality’. They were not reported separately. Figures from FY14/15 are listed below: • FY2016/17 £136.6m Income • FY2015/16 £127m Income • FY2014/15 £93m Income


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