Results 101–120 of 1415 for speaker:Seema Kennedy

Written Answers — Home Office: UK Border Force: Airports (6 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: Border Force performance against Service Level Agreements (SLAs) is kept under review, informed by regular discussions Border Force has with industry and consumer bodies. Border Force is currently engaging with the aviation industry under the terms of the Department for Transport’s Aviation 2050 Green Paper to look at key elements of the passenger experience, including the current SLA level...

Artist Visas — [James Gray in the Chair] (4 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. I congratulate the hon. Member for Edinburgh North and Leith (Deidre Brock) on having secured this important debate, and I am grateful to her and to all other hon. Members who have spoken, one of whom has left his place. I also pay tribute to my predecessor, my right hon. Friend the Member for Romsey and Southampton North (Caroline...

Artist Visas — [James Gray in the Chair] (4 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: Of course, in all areas of life smaller organisations are always disadvantaged. However, because I am quite new to this role, I am not entirely sure whether an artist going to, for example, Celtic Connections could then go to a smaller festival in the ambit of those six months. Because I am not entirely sure, I will not give an answer; I will clarify by writing to the hon. Lady. The current...

Artist Visas — [James Gray in the Chair] (4 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: I will come to that point later. Last year, we published new guidance for UK creative event managers that provided an overview of what to consider in terms of planning for visas. We now have dedicated points of UKVI contact for those UK organisations organising UK events, which the hon. Member for Edinburgh North and Leith referred to. I am sure that people organising major creative events or...

Artist Visas — [James Gray in the Chair] (4 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: I am not entirely sure, but I imagine that such things are in the public domain. I am almost positive that they are available, because of our great transparency, but I will not say from the Dispatch Box where they are when I do not actually know. I would never want to mislead the House. We are working closely with other Government Departments, particularly the Department for Digital, Culture,...

Artist Visas — [James Gray in the Chair] (4 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: Due to the nature and the great volume of visa applications, there are obviously cases where documents go missing at either end or where there is not clarity. If the hon. Lady has specific examples—

Artist Visas — [James Gray in the Chair] (4 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: My pile of letters is like the magic porridge pot—it never gets to the bottom. I am very happy to look at them. I am aware of some of the problems experienced by international artists coming to the UK, to which we have heard reference today. There have been some refusals. I realise that delays or errors can have serious personal consequences for the individual, and reputational and economic...

EU Settlement Scheme: Looked-after Children and Care Leavers — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (3 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bone. I thank the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Steve McCabe), my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) and the hon. Member for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East (Stuart C. McDonald) for securing this extremely important debate on the EU settlement scheme and looked-after children and...

EU Settlement Scheme: Looked-after Children and Care Leavers — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (3 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: Can I just finish this point? Then I will give way, to either an angry or a helpful comment. The registration scheme exists so that citizens, particularly children and vulnerable people who have built their lives in this country, do not have difficulty evidencing their rights to live and work here. That speaks to a point made by the hon. Member for Stretford and Urmston (Kate Green).

EU Settlement Scheme: Looked-after Children and Care Leavers — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (3 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: I profoundly disagree with that point. The registration scheme ensures that those EU citizens who are here will have settled status. If not, there will be differences, because people will not necessarily be able to prove whether they were here at that point. Focusing specifically on the cohort under discussion, hon. Members have quite rightly referred to the fact that many of those children...

EU Settlement Scheme: Looked-after Children and Care Leavers — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (3 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: We need to be very careful, because there are two issues—

EU Settlement Scheme: Looked-after Children and Care Leavers — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (3 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: May I please finish my point? For some of the children we are talking about, the local authority is the parent. A second group might be the parents of section 20 children, and another group includes children in need. The problem is that some children still have their parents, who, perhaps at a later point, might come back in order to make the application for them. We are talking about three...

EU Settlement Scheme: Looked-after Children and Care Leavers — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (3 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: I must finish this point. I have asked officials to look at the hon. Lady’s point about the local authority giving the evidence, and I will write to her in more detail.

EU Settlement Scheme: Looked-after Children and Care Leavers — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (3 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: It is important to note that not all the children we are talking about have local authorities that are in loco parentis. On the role of local authorities, a new burdens assessment has been made. It will take into account the important work of identifying the cohort of children and their parents. We have asked local authorities to return figures by the end of August—I think the hon. Lady...

EU Settlement Scheme: Looked-after Children and Care Leavers — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (3 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: The scheme is not designed to require a lawyer or legal advice, so it is simple to use. I recognise that there might be complications in some of the cases involving vulnerable and non-EEA dependents. However, the fact that more than one third of the eligible people have already signed up in six months is a testament to its design as a simple system.

EU Settlement Scheme: Looked-after Children and Care Leavers — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (3 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: On the Coram report and the Department’s contact with all the important groups that assist vulnerable people, guidance has been published. Most importantly, guidance is being refreshed—this debate is part of that, to ensure the guidance is relevant. There has been a series of teleconferences for social workers and local authority staff, and they will continue monthly until next March....

EU Settlement Scheme: Looked-after Children and Care Leavers — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (3 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: I am very committed to working with my counterparts in the devolved Administrations. It is a testament to the importance of this debate that hon. Members from all four nations are present—well, not the Welsh, unfortunately—which shows how strongly we feel about protecting vulnerable children in this situation. Colleagues asked what would happen should children fail to make an application...

Written Answers — Home Office: HM Passport Office: Sopra Steria (3 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: The contract with Sopra Steria for the provision of BPO services contains clauses and performance measures (KPIs) designed to ensure the timeliness and quality of service provision. HMPO has a rigorous contract compliance regime in place supported by a dedicated Supplier Management Team with responsibility for ensuring the provider delivers to the required performance standards set out in the...

Written Answers — Home Office: HM Passport Office: Contracts (3 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: The Department considered a range of options before launching the ongoing procurement for Scanning Validation and Storage services, which included assessing bringing these services in house. It was determined that the specialist technology required to efficiently and accurately validate and scan documents submitted to Her Majesty’s Passport Office was more cost effectively accessed via an...

Written Answers — Home Office: HM Passport Office: Contracts (3 Sep 2019)

Seema Kennedy: The Department considered a range of options before launching the ongoing procurement for Scanning Validation and Storage services, which included assessing bringing these services in house. It was determined that the specialist technology required to efficiently and accurately validate and scan documents submitted to Her Majesty’s Passport Office was more cost effectively accessed via an...


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