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Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Brandon Lewis: It is a privilege to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. Many specific points have been made and questions raised during the course of this debate. I will do my best to cover them, but I will also make a point of going back through the debate, and if there are any points that I do not cover in the next few minutes, I will write to the Chair of the Select Committee to cover them....

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Brandon Lewis: That is what you said.

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I am saying that confusing the completely unacceptable and abhorrent scenes that we saw in the “Panorama” programme on Brook House with somewhere like Barry House and the work done by organisations around the country on asylum accommodation is simply wrong. It is a mistake to go that way. It gives the wrong impression and confuses two very different things. Ultimately, the United...

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I was just going to say that since the Committee published its report almost a year ago and started its inquiry two years ago, a number of improvements have been made to the contracts and services provided. We must be cautious about accepting some of the things that we read and the stories that we hear. That is why, if somebody raises an issue, I always want to look into it to get the detail....

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I am happy to liaise with the hon. Gentleman further on that, but I encourage him to look at the changes that we made in the Housing and Planning Act 2016, which I am closely aware of after taking it through Parliament. We made a lot of changes in terms of requirements for housing providers, including the private rented sector. It is worth him having a look at that because it partly covers...

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I am sure the hon. Gentleman appreciates that there is a difference between the business model and the kind of investment that people make on a longer contract compared with a shorter contract. That does not change my point about wanting to get the balance right to ensure that we have a contract length that encourages and requires organisations to make good, solid investments. With those...

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Brandon Lewis: That is wrong.

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Brandon Lewis: The simple fact is that net migration was 246,000 last year. The figures are up for EU nationals coming to this country.

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Brandon Lewis: It is good to have the chance to correct some of the inaccurate things that were stated just a few moments ago, and it was interesting to listen to the Scottish National party spokesman make a speech in which he simply decided not to recognise democracy. There was a referendum in this country, a decision was made and this Government will deliver what the people of the United Kingdom voted...

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Brandon Lewis: Not just yet; I want to make some progress. We are listening to the SNP trying to play catch-up, and I will explain why they are yet again behind the curve on where we are. It is slightly odd and, I suspect, somewhat disconcerting for many people in Scotland today to listen to their representatives fail to represent the very people in Scotland who elected them, because there was not a single...

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I am going to make some progress before taking interventions. More than 3 million EU citizens currently live in the UK, and the Government have been clear that we value their contribution to our national life, to our economy and to our rich and diverse society. We want them to stay, and there is agreement on that. We want them to stay and we want to deliver that for them.

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will have done his homework and will have taken the time to look at the work we are doing on what we do as we leave the EU. The independent experts at the Migration Advisory Committee are doing work to look at what we do post Brexit, but let me be clear that we are still in the EU and still have freedom of movement, which will continue until we leave the EU.

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I will just finish answering the first intervention before taking any more. At the last calculation, this country’s net migration figure was some 246,000, and roughly half of them were EU nationals, who continue to come to this country. People see the UK as a country to come to, and rightly so. We should continue to be a country that welcomes people and plays that role.

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I am going to make some progress, and I will then take some interventions. I am conscious of the limited time available for Back-Bench Members. The future rights of EU citizens living here is an issue that has an impact on the lives of millions of hard-working people across the country, and it has been the Prime Minister’s first priority in the negotiations to ensure that they can carry...

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Brandon Lewis: The hon. Lady should look at what has already been said and at what we have outlined. She should read the Government’s offer, which clearly answers her very point. She has a part to play in reassuring her residents, rather than leaving them wondering about things on which they can have fixed answers. We have already said that there will be a two-year period after exit for people to make...

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I am sure the hon. Gentleman will want to go back, check the details of what we have already outlined on how the process will work and update his residents. They do not have to have those concerns, because what he has just outlined is simply inaccurate. We have also been very clear that we fully expect the EU and its member states to ensure that the rights of UK nationals living across the EU...

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Brandon Lewis: The right hon. Lady makes an interesting contribution, and I therefore hope she will support us in ensuring that all EU citizens here in the UK are aware of exactly what the Government are doing to ensure that they have confidence in being able to stay here. One million UK nationals have built their lives elsewhere in Europe, and we want to make sure that we get a fair deal both for EU...

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Brandon Lewis: The hon. and learned Lady will appreciate that, as the Minister responsible for this portfolio, I have met and will continue to meet representatives from that group. The fact remains that there needs to be an agreement between us and the EU, and that agreement must include protecting the status of UK nationals living, working and studying elsewhere in the EU. The motion calls for the...

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Brandon Lewis: The hon. Lady makes a fair point. As she may appreciate, I have met the3million and my team continues to meet it, as it is one of the user groups involved in designing the system we will use. As I have said, this system will be streamlined and simple, and it will be designed through working with the very user groups that will be accessing it, to make sure we can grant settled status swiftly,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Unaccompanied Child Refugees (20 Nov 2017)

Brandon Lewis: We have a comprehensive framework for refugees and their families to be safely reunited in this country without the need for dangerous journeys. Our family reunion policy allows children to join refugee parents, and there are immigration rules in place for extended family members lawfully resident here to sponsor children, where there are serious and compelling circumstances. Children...


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