Lord Green of Deddington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps they intend to take in order to reduce net migration to the United Kingdom.
Lord Green of Deddington: I am grateful for that response. Is the Minister aware that the population projections that underlie all the Government’s policies simply assume that net migration will fall by 40% and stay down? Does he realise that, if the current levels of immigration should continue, we will have to build a new home every four minutes, 24 hours a day, just for new migrants and their families? Will he...
Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, does the noble Earl agree that it is important that we learn the vital lessons from this tragic episode? Perhaps the main lesson to learn is that these Middle Eastern societies are extremely complex. When we try to interfere with them—particularly with military force—the outcome can be unforeseen, extremely dangerous and terribly damaging for the people themselves. Will we learn...
Lord Green of Deddington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress the Office of National Statistics has made in understanding non-EU student arrivals and departures in order to track the progress of student cohorts through the immigration system, as outlined in its January 2016 report Population Briefing, International Student Migration- what do the statistics tellus?
Lord Green of Deddington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many immigration offenders, excluding failed asylum seekers and foreign national offenders, have been removed in each of the last five years for which figures are available, and how many of those first arrived in the UK on a student visa.
Lord Green of Deddington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when Directive 2014/54/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on measures facilitating the exercise of rights conferred on workers in the context of freedom of movement for workers will be transposed into UK law.
Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, would the Minister agree that what is really important in post-study work is that the students, or rather the graduates, are required by employers? Would she agree that the change that the Government have made focuses on that and creates a much more effective situation?
Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, perhaps I may help the Minister by asking a different question. Can she tell us which, if any, other Governments in the European Union have issued the kind of guarantee that has been mentioned this afternoon? If they have not given any such indication, why should we?
Lord Green of Deddington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 26 September (HL1844), how many Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship were available in each month from April 2011 to November 2014.
Lord Green of Deddington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship were (1) issued, and (2) subsequently taken up, by employers in each month since the permanent cap was introduced in April 2011.
Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, does the Minister recognise that the Commission is likely to be extremely difficult in the coming years for policy reasons of its own? That makes it all the more important that we should have full and accurate reporting, by British-based staff, from our posts in the European Union.
Lord Green of Deddington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what preparations the international community has made for the protection of the human rights of women and minorities in Syria in a post-Assad regime.
Lord Green of Deddington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government which EU governments have publicly indicated that the existing rights of British citizens resident in their territory will be preserved after the UK has left the EU; and the terms in which they have done so.
Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, I support the thrust of the original Question, having seen at first hand how people can get caught in a very difficult situation. Does the Minister agree that the best way of tackling this with the Saudis is to address the situation of British citizens, for which we have a clear and unarguable locus? They are quite capable of drawing the conclusions from the representations that we...
Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, for initiating this debate, but I think my contribution to it may be slightly different from that of some of the previous speakers. I am sure that the noble Duke, the Duke of Wellington, will be glad of that. I should first of course declare an interest as chairman of Migration Watch, unpaid of course, and I think I should say from the outset that...
Lord Green of Deddington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many restricted certificates of sponsorship were (1) returned to the Home Office during the previous month, and (2) reclaimed because they were not used within three months, in each month since April 2014.
Lord Green of Deddington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the annual cap of 20,700 on restricted certificates of sponsorship has been breached in any of the five years since its permanent introduction in April 2011.
Lord Green of Deddington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to outline their objectives for the negotiations concerning the immigration regime for European Union citizens, following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.
Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that response, and I declare a non-financial interest as chairman of Migration Watch. I entirely understand the Government’s reluctance to set foot on what is likely to be a fairly slippery slope, but does the noble Baroness agree that it is going to be really difficult for the Government to stick out for three or four months with nothing more to say than,...