Results 1–20 of 3675 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Brandon Lewis

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Residency Rights (EU Nationals) (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: The Prime Minister was clear in her Florence speech in September that people will continue to be able to come to, and live and work in, the UK. There will be a registration system—an essential preparation for the new immigration system required to retake control of our borders—and we will be setting out initial proposals for the implementation period in due course, and for our new...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Residency Rights (EU Nationals) (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: We are clear that we want to work with our partners in Europe to have a smooth and good system for EU citizens here to go through as they gain settled status as part of the fair and very serious proposal we made, and I am confident that we will be able to deliver that in a simple and clean system for them. Obviously, if the hon. Lady has particular cases that she feels we need to look at, I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Residency Rights (EU Nationals) (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: We are very much focused on dealing with people who are here illegally; that is what the compliant environment work is all about. Obviously our friends and partners and citizens from the EU are, under free movement, here entirely legally. I encourage them to remain, as we value what they do for our society and economy, and we will remain focused on dealing with the illegal immigrants, who...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Residency Rights (EU Nationals) (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I appreciate the comment that the hon. and learned Lady has made, and will certainly feed that through. Obviously, we are in negotiations at the moment; when they end, we will know exactly what the system will be.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Residency Rights (EU Nationals) (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: We have commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee, who are going to be looking at the impact of European workers on our economies. We are clear that we value their input both in society to our communities and to our economy. We want EU citizens to stay and will be encouraging them to do so, as the Prime Minister and Home Secretary have done on numerous occasions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Residency Rights (EU Nationals) (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: Negotiations are progressing well. We are clear that, as our offer outlines, when we leave the European Union we will ensure that European citizens in this country have the same rights as British citizens. I am just disappointed that the right hon. Lady is not as focused on the rights of British citizens, both here and abroad.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Refugee Family Reunions (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: The family reunion policy allows immediate family members of those granted protection in the UK to reunite with them here. In addition, the family provisions in the immigration rules also provide for relatives with protection in the UK to sponsor children when there are serious and compelling circumstances. Our policy is clear: where an application fails under the rules, we consider whether...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Refugee Family Reunions (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: We are working with the UNHCR and with UNICEF on this issue, and we want to ensure that the application of these rules and this policy works in practice. I ask the hon. Lady to look again at the rules that I have outlined, because we can consider whether there are exceptional reasons to grant leave outside the rules.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Refugee Family Reunions (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: We are working with other countries, which have their own national sovereignty. I was in Italy and Greece over the summer to talk about these programmes, and we are working with the Greek and French authorities to ensure that more children can come over and that we fulfil our duty. Let us bear in mind that when we get to the 480, the United Kingdom will have done more than other European...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Refugee Family Reunions (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: My hon. Friend makes a good point. His county council in Kent is doing some fantastic work, and there are councils around the country making offers to do similar work. It would be good to see more councils coming forward to do that work, and I will be speaking to the Local Government Association this week about that very issue.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Refugee Family Reunions (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I am aware of that case and saw the hon. Gentleman’s social media output over the weekend, so I will write to him with some details. When we issue passports, we have to ensure that we go through all the proper checks to make sure that we are doing things correctly. I make no excuses for that—it is obviously a matter of national security. However, I am looking into the case and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: International Students (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: The Government are working hard to continue to attract international students to study here in the UK. There is no limit on the number of genuine international students that educational institutions in the UK can recruit; nor do we intend to change that position.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: International Students (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: The short answer is no. The hon. Gentleman might be a bit confused, because we have been clear all the way through that we want good, genuine international students here at good, genuine institutions. The Government should take great credit for shutting down bogus colleges, so that when students come here they know that they are going to a good, strong institution. They play an important part...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: International Students (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I am happy to remind the hon. Gentleman that we set immigration and nationality fees at a level that ensures that the income received contributes towards the resources that are necessary for the wider border, immigration and nationality system, and in line with the charging powers approved by Parliament that are set out in the Immigration Act 2014, which he may have forgotten.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: International Students (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: Obviously, as I said in answer to the first question from the hon. Member for Dundee West (Chris Law), we continue to encourage international students to come here. It is good to see that universities in this country saw a 5% rise last year. That is good for the economy, good for universities and good for our society.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: International Students (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I say gently to the right hon. Lady that the definition of net migration, which is decided by the UN, refers to people who have been in the country for 12 months or more, which university students obviously have if they are here for three years and using services here. Ultimately, though, the numbers are decided by the Office for National Statistics, which is an entirely independent...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Border Facilities (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: We are confident that a positive deal can be reached, but we are of course preparing for every outcome. Although we cannot comment on the detailed planning, Departments are working together across a range of complex issues to develop our future approach to the border, including for a possible no-deal scenario. Those options will be subject to the outcome of our negotiations with our partners...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Border Facilities (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I am optimistic that we will get a good deal both for the UK and for our partners in Europe, so that we can work together as forward-looking partners, but we are also actively monitoring work flows at the border to ensure that we have sufficient resources in place to meet demand. As my colleagues across the Government and in the Cabinet have said, it is absolutely right that we do plan for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Border Facilities (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I appreciate my hon. Friend’s comments about my demeanour, and I will always try to remain optimistic and happy about the fact that we are focused on ensuring that we keep our borders secure and that we are ready for any outcome at the end of the negotiations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Border Facilities (16 Oct 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I can confirm that. As the Prime Minister has outlined, we are very determined to ensure that we continue with the common travel area as is in place across the country and with Ireland.


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