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Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: I beg to move, That the Committee do now adjourn. I start by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Lancaster and Fleetwood (Cat Smith) on the birth of her baby. It was a pleasure and a great help to have her on the Committee. I wish her and her family health and happiness. Last week, when the Minister did not turn up, I was a little worried. I thought, “Is it another...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: I agree with my hon. Friend on both points. I accept that what happened to the Minister could happen to any one of us. I was just expressing my worry about what might have happened. On his second point, of course we want to see the railway system working properly. I get many complaints from constituents about the mess-up of the timetable, so the sooner we get that sorted out, the better. This...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: I want to ensure we are clear on this point. My position throughout has been that the Government should not withhold a money resolution from any private Member’s Bill that has passed Second Reading. We fully support the refugees Bill.

Non-EEA Visas: Inshore Fishing — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (17 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Moray (Douglas Ross) on securing the debate. Fishing is an economically as well as culturally important sector for the UK. The UK fishing industry employs approximately 12,000 people, of whom an estimated 20% are non-EU migrants. As demonstrated by the passionate speeches in this debate, the...

Non-EEA Visas: Inshore Fishing — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (17 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: I agree with that comment. The sectors that are suffering will be central to the MAC’s recommendations. Even if they are, we will have to wait for a Government response and it will take time to implement whatever the proposed scheme turns out to be. The Brexit White Paper published last week contained only 20 paragraphs on immigration. They are very narrow. There is no mention of what...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Detention: Children (16 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: The Prime Minister has condemned Trump’s family separation policy, but this Government’s hostile environment separates parents from their children every day. As my hon. Friend the Member for Wakefield (Mary Creagh) pointed out, last week the Home Office was forced to pay £40,000 in damages for falsely imprisoning a father, unlawfully separating him from his daughter for...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (11 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: I beg to move, That the Committee do now adjourn.

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (10 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: As I have said, I served as a vice-chair of the security and defence committee of the European Parliament, so I am aware of how important co-operation is. Does the Minister agree that if we want to be successful against terrorism we need to improve co-operation? We have benefited from co-operation.

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Fundraising for victims of terrorism: restrictions on profits (10 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: I support the new clause tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark. I am from Manchester—I am a former Lord Mayor—so I saw what happened there and I know how people feel. Millions of pounds have been raised in Manchester, because people there are generous. I think that they would find it offensive if someone was profiteering from the money they had...

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration (10 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the terms of reference are of his Department’s urgent review into DNA tests for immigration applications; what the timescale is for that review; and whether the findings of that review will be published.

Family Visitor Visas — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (9 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: Does the Minister believe that a relative abroad of anyone who lives here would fall into the same category as anyone else, or would they have a special position because family life required that relationship to be maintained?

Family Visitor Visas — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (9 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Dame Cheryl. I also thank my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) for opening this important debate and for so eloquently and forcefully putting the case forward. I thank all my colleagues for their contributions. It is also appropriate to thank all the tens of thousands of people who signed the three petitions. I am...

Family Visitor Visas — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (9 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: I am aware of that difficulty. There are similar issues when events are going on at the mosques. Manchester International Festival invited Abida Parveen, a renowned artist of international calibre, but it was a struggle—we all had to get involved to make sure she could get here. Only about a month ago, I got involved with another incident concerning an international artist. Many people,...

Written Answers — Home Office: British Nationality: Ethnic Groups (9 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many black and minority ethnic young people as defined by the British Nationality Act 1981 have been refused citizenship due to being judged to be not of good character in each year since December 2012.

Written Answers — Home Office: British Nationality: Ethnic Groups (9 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many young people under local authority care as defined by the (a) British Nationality Act 1981 and (b) Children Act 1989 have been refused citizenship due to being judged to be not of good character in each year since December 2012.

Written Answers — Home Office: British Nationality: Ethnic Groups (9 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the British Nationality Act 1981, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the guidance it issues on good character for young persons meets its statutory responsibilities in relation to (a) safeguarding and (b) making the best interests of the child a primary consideration in decisions; and if he will make...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: UN Peacekeeping Missions (9 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: What steps his Department is taking to increase the UK’s contribution to UN peacekeeping missions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: UN Peacekeeping Missions (9 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: It is important that NATO works hand in hand with the UN and other bodies with regard to conflict prevention and peacekeeping. What steps are the Government taking to promote collaboration between NATO and the UN to make that as efficient as possible?

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Border security (5 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: I accept what the Minister says about trying to balance rights by not allowing such conversations to be used as evidence, but would it not be better and in the wider interest to allow the use of solicitors from a pool and be able to use those conversations as evidence?

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Border security (5 Jul 2018)

Afzal Khan: I shall be brief. I would like the Minister to take a couple of my questions into account when answering those raised by other Members. It is clear that this whole area gives a lot of power to officers, and that the term “hostile activity” risks casting an extremely wide net; in essence, anyone could be subject to the Bill’s invasive powers. Will the Minister explain how...


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