Results 1–20 of 6626 for speaker:Baroness Williams of Trafford

Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber (23 Jul 2019)

Draft British Nationality Act 1981 (Remedial) Order 2019 – Baroness Williams of Trafford. Orders and regulations

Immigration Detention: Victims of Modern Slavery - Statement (18 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: I thank the noble Lord for his questions. He asked why victims of modern slavery were not detected prior to detention. Quite often, Home Office staff pick up the fact that people are victims of modern slavery. It is not the case that the 507 individuals were detained after getting positive reasonable grounds. As stated clearly in the FoI response, the figure relates to people who had positive...

Immigration Detention: Victims of Modern Slavery - Statement (18 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: I say to the noble Lord, as I think I said the other day, that someone who is a victim of modern slavery, which may well include those who have been raped—these people are exploited to an insufferable degree—should be treated first and foremost as a victim. The abuse and trauma they have suffered should be dealt with first and foremost. However, it is also true that other issues may be...

Immigration Detention: Victims of Modern Slavery - Statement (18 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: My noble friend asked whether it was mostly Chinese women who are detained. I do not think that we can give an answer to that—I do not have the statistics before me. However, we can all see in our day-to-day lives examples of where modern slavery may be going on, and in some cases those people are Chinese. On the claim that this should not sit with the Home Office, I am not sure where my...

Immigration Detention: Victims of Modern Slavery - Statement (18 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: The noble Baroness will probably know that, first, we do not detain children —she is absolutely right that children are granted our protection—and all children, no matter what the circumstances of our protection here, are reassessed as they approach their 18th birthday. On sending someone back to face a repeated danger, that would be taken into consideration. We would not send someone...

Immigration Detention: Victims of Modern Slavery - Statement (18 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: As I said in my Statement, we have what we call the national referral mechanism, which is multiagency and which provides wrap-around support to victims of modern-day slavery.

Immigration Detention: Victims of Modern Slavery - Statement (18 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I will now repeat in the form of a Statement the Answer given by my right honourable friend the Immigration Minister to an Urgent Question in the other place. The Statement is as follows: “Modern slavery is an abhorrent crime, and the Government are determined to stamp it out. In my role as Immigration Minister, I am especially aware of the shocking...

Immigration Staff: Recruitment - Question (18 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: My Lords, recruitment processes within all Home Office business areas are kept under regular review to ensure effectiveness and compliance with Civil Service policy. The Home Office adheres to the Civil Service Commissioners’ recruitment principles and conducts pre-appointment checks in line with the baseline personnel security standard and national security vetting requirements.

Immigration Staff: Recruitment - Question (18 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: My Lords, I reject my noble friend’s assertions that there is deep corruption within the Home Office. On releasing names, my noble friend will know that the Home Office is legally not allowed to disclose this information. It will not, to ensure that it does not breach statutory and data protection obligations, and that is what I outline to him. Although the names of staff members are known...

Immigration Staff: Recruitment - Question (18 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: My Lords, the noble Lord asked a number of questions, one of which was about border staff. He will know that we have recruited almost all the 900 staff that we undertook to recruit in preparation for Brexit. I will write to him with a longer answer on the inspectorate because I do not have the details at my fingertips today.

Immigration Staff: Recruitment - Question (18 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: As I have said before, the hostile environment started under Alan Johnson and ended under my right honourable friend the Home Secretary. The noble Lord has made the point about culture before, and he is right that the culture of an organisation is key to the way its policies operate. There are no targets of the kind that the noble Lord described. We have a general ambition of reducing net...

Immigration Staff: Recruitment - Question (18 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: An awful lot of people want to come to this country and our immigration teams are very stretched. This requires resourcing, as everything does. We have very high employment in this country and we need people with the skills required to fill those jobs.

Written Answers — Home Office: Police (18 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: The Government has no current plans to review the structure of territorial police forces in England and Wales. More can be done within the current organisational and leadership structures to improve police performance and ensure services meet public expectations. The Government supports HMICFRS’ ongoing assessments of forces, measuring performance and identifying areas to improve. Through...

Written Answers — Home Office: Migrant Workers: Veterinary Medicine (17 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: I refer the Noble Lord to the answer given to HL16474 on the 2nd July 2019.

Domestic Abuse - Statement (16 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: The noble Lord makes a good point about having legislative alignment and making sure that legislation in one part of the UK does not contradict legislation in the devolved Administrations. Of course, those conversations and that work are ongoing to ensure that precisely that does not happen.

Domestic Abuse - Statement (16 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: I thank the right reverend Prelate for her question on behalf of the other right reverend Prelate. She talked about women on release. I fully concur with the points she makes, because I have visited women near to where I live in the local women’s prisons, and the percentage of those women who are in an abusive relationship and perhaps have children from that relationship is extraordinarily...

Domestic Abuse - Statement (16 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: My Lords, before I begin, on behalf of the whole House I wish the lovely noble Lord, Lord Judd, a speedy recovery. I was glad to see him sitting up and giving us a thumbs up on his way, hopefully, to St Thomas’. The noble Baroness, Lady Gale, asked about the gendered nature of domestic abuse. Of course, we want to ensure that all victims and all types of domestic abuse are sufficiently...

Domestic Abuse - Statement (16 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: I thank both noble Baronesses for their comments and their broad support for what we are about to embark on. I particularly commend the noble Baroness, Lady Burt, for the part she played in the whole pre-legislative scrutiny process, which was collaborative and helpful for all involved. The noble Baroness, Lady Gale, asked me first about the domestic abuse commissioner and their...

Domestic Abuse - Statement (16 Jul 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: My Lords, with the leave of the House I will repeat a Statement given in the other place by my honourable friend the crime and safeguarding Minister. The Statement is as follows: “The home should be a place of safety and love. For 2 million people, it is not. Domestic abuse takes place behind closed doors, turning people’s homes into places of fear, abuse and violence. We recognise the...


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