Results 41–60 of 505 for speaker:Lord Green of Deddington

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 64 (3 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: Yes, indeed, and 49% were not.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 56 (3 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: Does the noble Baroness agree that there should be a distinction between those who have had their cases examined and are refugees and those whose cases have not yet been examined? That is all I am asking for.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 56 (3 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: The noble Lord mentioned that most applicants will become refugees. I have the Home Office figures here: 49% of the 450,000 asylum applications between 2004 and 2020 were withdrawn or rejected, including those that went to appeal. Those are the basic stats from the Home Office; they should surely underline the whole debate.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 56 (3 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: To get the timescale on this, I say that 10 years ago it was 40,000 asylum seekers a year. That is roughly the number now—30,000 on the channel and 10,000 by other means. The difference, as I mentioned, is the potential in the channel for the numbers to go up very fast and make it even more difficult for the Home Office and local government.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 56 (3 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: I think we need to be careful not to make an assumption in either direction. I was quoting the Home Secretary in the expectation that she has information to back that up. Even without that, and the noble Baroness did not address this point, the historical record is that 50% over the last 10 years have had their cases refused. I leave it at that. My point is clear on that matter.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 56 (3 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: Yes, 125,000 is correct, and I think that many—most—are waiting for more than a year. But if I may continue with my point—which does not address that; what I am addressing is the way this discussion has gone—the issue of scale is an important one. I have some sympathy with the Home Office: it is having to deal with a very large problem that is extraordinarily difficult to deal with....

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 56 (3 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: No; it is very simple —too simple for the noble Baroness—but it would mean that we do not need huge amounts of security in order to keep people where we put them. I hope that Government will take powers to do something on those lines. I do not think what they are now proposing will work, and I think it would be even worse if some of the proposals we have heard today came into effect.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 56 (3 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: That is correct. If the two are added together, it averages about 40,000 a year over the last eight or 10 years. The problem now is the publicity surrounding all this, which makes it more difficult. Also, these numbers could easily double, as the Home Office says, and then we are in a new situation, going back to the early 1960s when it ran completely out of control.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 56 (3 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, noble Lords will not be surprised if I strike a somewhat different note; none the less, it is a note that needs to be heard. I think we need to stand back before addressing this group of amendments. We cannot and should not assume that everyone who claims asylum in this country has a case and is a genuine asylum seeker. The Home Secretary said recently that of those crossing the...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 37 (1 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: The noble Lord is absolutely right. Asylum has accounted for about 40,000 people a year for the last 10 years. Net migration has been about 250,000. The problem is that immigration is much greater than asylum. I shall be saying more about this

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 37 (1 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, I shall be extremely brief; this has been a long debate. I just want to commend the noble Lords, Lord Horam and Lord Hodgson, and the noble Baroness, Lady Fox. They all pointed out the need to take full account and understanding of public opinion. I agree with that; I do not need to repeat it. As for Clause 11, it is clearly a legal problem. I suspect that it will also be a policy...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 36 (1 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: Would the noble Lord like to say what he thinks the fair share should be?

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 36 (1 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: This will be my last intervention on this matter. We have resettled more than 25,000 people since 2015—the most in Europe.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 36 (1 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: I certainly accept the last part of that. Many countries in the third world are doing far more for people in serious difficulties than we are, and certainly far more in relation to their own incomes. But I would turn that round and say that if our aim is to help people in serious difficulty, of whom there are plenty, our money would be much better spent on the ground, on the food, shelter...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 36 (1 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: If I may answer my noble friend’s point, my answer to the Yazidis or particular problems of that kind—you will find them in Africa as well, of course—is to examine the situation that has developed, see how many people there are, where they are and how best they can be helped. That is certainly what our aid programme should be doing and what our missions should be advising on. I do not...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 36 (1 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: I think there probably is scope for discussion between Governments as this problem becomes an increasingly serious one for countries, certainly throughout Europe. Yes, I would not be opposed to that but what I am calling for is some realism and not slogans.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 36 (1 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, I rise first of all, briefly, to support Amendment 129, in the names of the noble Lord, Lord Coaker, and the noble Baroness, Lady Neville-Rolfe. It is clear, necessary and relatively simple, at least in principle, so I trust that the Government will consider it very carefully. Our asylum system is already overwhelmed, with a backlog of cases approaching 125,000, which is, I think,...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 36 (1 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, it is not demonising; it is common sense. The routes that now exist are dangerous and difficult, and the people who are capable of getting through them are the young. But they are by no means the only people, nor necessarily the most deserving of our help. This is why I ask that we have a little more logic and thinking before we simply rattle off about safe routes for asylum seekers.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Second Reading (5 Jan 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords I declare a non-financial interest as president of Migration Watch. Your Lordships will be aware that this organisation has represented an important aspect of public opinion for more than 20 years. Indeed, I note a recent YouGov poll, which found that 34% of the British public now see immigration and asylum as one of the three most important issues facing our country. They are right....

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: EU Nationals (16 Dec 2021)

Lord Green of Deddington: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many EU citizens have been granted settled status since the introduction of the EU Settlement Scheme; how many who have been granted pre-settled status will qualify to apply for settled status in each calendar year from 2022 to 2026; and what proportion of applications for settled status from pre-settled status have been granted in the last 12 months.


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