Results 181–200 of 2512 for speaker:Lord Sharpe of Epsom

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (29 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The Government remains committed to providing protection for vulnerable and at-risk people fleeing Afghanistan. The situation continues to be complex and presents significant challenges, including how those who are eligible for resettlement in the UK can leave the country. For those evacuated from Afghanistan under Pathway 1 of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) without their...

Written Answers — Home Office: Car Washes: Forced Labour (29 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The Home Office funded the evaluation report conducted by the Responsible Car Wash Scheme and Nottingham Trent University, as part of its grant funding under the Modern Slavery Prevention Fund, a one-off pot of funding to build the evidence base on what interventions work to prevent modern slavery. The Home Office has shared the evaluation of this project with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse...

Written Answers — Home Office: Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage (29 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: As part of our commitment in the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2021, the Home Office commissioned the University of Birmingham in April 2023 to conduct a feasibility study to examine whether it is possible to develop prevalence estimates for both Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage. Given the hidden nature of these crimes and lack of robust estimates, knowing more about...

Written Answers — Home Office: Edward Heath (29 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: As Lord Lexden will appreciate, and as per my previous responses, my focus is on ensuring thorough consideration of the issues raised, which will be completed in due course.

Written Answers — Home Office: Criminal Investigation (29 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The Home Office does not hold the data requested. However, in the Home Office crime outcome statistics, outcome 12 is used to record investigations closed where a named suspect has been identified but is either too ill (physically or mentally) to prosecute, or is confirmed to have died either before the crime was reported to police or before enough evidence to charge could be obtained. In the...

Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2024 - Motion to Approve (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I thank the noble Lord very much indeed for his support and the support of his party. We have covered some ground here and I will do my very best to answer the questions. Why have we decided to proscribe the Terrogram collective now? I think I explained much of this in my opening remarks but to proscribe an organisation the Home Secretary must believe that it is concerned in terrorism and it...

Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2024 - Motion to Approve (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, I appreciate the sentiments behind my noble friend’s questions. I am not sure they are entirely appropriate for this format, but I will just rehash the powers conferred on the Government under the Public Order Act 1986. The Home Secretary does not have the direct power to prohibit a public procession; the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has the power to prohibit public...

Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2024 - Motion to Approve (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, I am grateful to the House for its consideration of this draft order, which will see the Terrorgram collective proscribed. It may be helpful if I set out some background on the proscription power. Some 80 terrorist organisations are currently proscribed under the Terrorism Act 2000. For an organisation to be proscribed, the Home Secretary must believe that it is concerned in...

Jewish Community in London: Safety - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, the Government are steadfast in their commitment to protecting our Jewish communities, which is why we have committed further funding of £72 million for the Jewish community protective security grant to continue the vital work done in protecting Jewish communities until 2028. The JCPS grant is managed by the Community Security Trust, which I had the privilege of visiting a couple...

Jewish Community in London: Safety - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I agree with my noble friend that the police have a hugely difficult job, but obviously a police officer telling a person that being openly Jewish is provocative is clearly very wrong. I will not speculate as to what might have happened in the case of other individuals. We should welcome the Met Police’s apology. The Prime Minister recently made it clear to police forces that it is the...

Jewish Community in London: Safety - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I think that is a deeply inappropriate question and I will not stoop so low as to answer it.

Jewish Community in London: Safety - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, we have to consider all the various aspects of policing in the round. The noble Baroness is quite right; public order policing is very complex and obviously very challenging, but it remains incumbent on Sir Mark and of course the mayor as well to ensure that London remains a safe and welcoming city. As I said in an earlier answer, I believe that the force’s focus ought to be on...

Jewish Community in London: Safety - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I think I answered that in my initial remarks, in which I mentioned the funding that has been increased for the Community Security Trust to administer in the JCPS. Just to go back to the Community Security Trust—I declare an interest as I was at the dinner where the Prime Minister announced the additional funding and I donated some money to it—the fact is that it has an enormous network,...

Jewish Community in London: Safety - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, I agree with the noble Baroness’s statement.

Jewish Community in London: Safety - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My noble friend makes some good points. Of course, as has been often stated from the Dispatch Box, the Government do not comment on ongoing matters of possible proscription. The police can of course impose conditions on protests where they believe the protest may result in a variety of civil offences, serious disorder, damage to property and so on and so forth, but the ability to actually ban...

Jewish Community in London: Safety - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My noble friend from the Department for Education assures me that there is protection on British campuses. However, I also acknowledge the points that the noble Baroness made and share her concerns; these trends are very disturbing.

Jewish Community in London: Safety - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I am afraid that I do not have any statistics to hand on that. But, again, the money that we were talking about making available in my initial Answer is administered by the Community Security Trust; there is no application process to access that pool of funds.

Family Reunion Visas: Gaza - Question (24 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, in any humanitarian situation, the UK must consider its resettlement approach in the round, rather than on a crisis-by-crisis basis. We use existing pathways in response to events to support British nationals, those settled here and their family members. At present, there are no plans to create a new immigration route for those affected by the security situation.

Family Reunion Visas: Gaza - Question (24 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, the safety of all British nationals affected by the conflict in Gaza continues to be our utmost priority, but individuals who are not British nationals should apply for a visa to enable them to enter the UK in the normal way—and of course much of the process is online. Individuals who are not British citizens must not travel to the UK without existing permission to enter or remain...


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