Results 101–120 of 2512 for speaker:Lord Sharpe of Epsom

Passport e-Gates Network Outage - Statement (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: Yes, I will also check on that. I did not know about the Amadeus takeover of this particular Portuguese company, but I will make further inquiries and, if there is more to be said, I will write to the noble Lord.

Passport e-Gates Network Outage - Statement (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: As I have already said, I do not know to what my right honourable friend in the other House was referring when he talked about updates, so I am afraid I do not know whether I have just given an update on his points. What I can say—and should have said in my opening remarks—is that the lessons learned exercise is still ongoing, so I cannot say that that is fully concluded yet because it is...

Passport e-Gates Network Outage - Statement (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I can reassure the noble Viscount that I am being honest. The simple fact is that this is not a repetition of the previous outage, which was unrelated to this capacity issue. The capacity relating to this incident has now been doubled, in effect, so I am confident that the problem is currently fixed. The previous issue related to a different set of upgrades, as far as I understand.

Passport e-Gates Network Outage - Statement (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I thank the noble Lord for his positivity, and I could not agree with him more. It is perfectly possibly now to get off a plane and, if you do not have luggage, to be out of an airport within 15 or 20 minutes, which is remarkable—Singapore levels of efficiency, some might say. As regards the sharing of information and Schengen, I am afraid I do not know the answer; I will have to write on that.

Passport e-Gates Network Outage - Statement (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I will repeat what I said earlier: there is no relation to any previous incident. In effect, I am being asked to unpick what my right honourable friend in the other place might have meant a week ago, which I simply do not know. I will tell the House what I do know—I have already said this, but I will repeat it. At 7.44 pm on 7 May, a loss of network connectivity caused a number of Home...

Passport e-Gates Network Outage - Statement (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I thank my noble friend for that, and I am delighted that he did not get caught in the disruption last week. As I said in my opening answer to the Front Benches opposite, the Government are doing everything that we can to prepare for the implementation of EES and mitigate its impacts on British travellers, which particularly applies to the juxtaposed border controls. As I mentioned, the...

Passport e-Gates Network Outage - Statement (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: First, I say again, for the record, that this was not an outage that we have seen before but a unique situation; I say this just to shoot that particular fox. My noble friend makes some very good points. These are matters of high-level diplomacy but I will, of course, look into the reciprocity arrangements that she talks of and see whether there is any more that I can say about that. I...

Passport e-Gates Network Outage - Statement (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: Again, I am not particularly qualified to comment on Portugal’s internal systems and processes. Perhaps, since he lives there, the noble Viscount could bring his considerable diplomatic weight to bear and help us out a bit. Those discussions should be ongoing. It is, of course, our oldest alliance, so I am sure there is plenty of good will.

Passport e-Gates Network Outage - Statement (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I answered the noble Lord’s question in that I genuinely do not know, so I shall write. As far as I can tell, the noble Baroness’s question ranged from matters of diplomacy to matters of astronomy. It has certainly covered a wide area. She will not be surprised to know that I am not an expert on either. As to whether there is a list of systems where a manual resilience process needs to be...

Passport e-Gates Network Outage - Statement (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I thank the noble Lord and the noble Baroness for their questions, which I will endeavour to answer. I join them in thanking all the Border Force officers for their efforts. On a question that the noble Lord, Lord Coaker, asked me, I take this opportunity to reassure the House that border security was not compromised in any way. I am also grateful to the public, who were extremely patient,...

Modern Slavery National Referral Mechanism: Waiting Times - Question (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, the Government remain committed to ensuring that victims are identified promptly. We have taken steps to shorten the timelines for making decisions in the national referral mechanism, including new guidance for making reasonable grounds decisions, changes to the online referral form and setting timescales for information to be provided to the competent authorities. We have also...

Modern Slavery National Referral Mechanism: Waiting Times - Question (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I thank the right reverend Prelate for that question. We are working to improve the timeliness of all decisions from all angles. That includes increasing the capacity for decision-making, testing alternative approaches, improving the quality of the information provided as part of the decision-making process, and reducing opportunities for misuse. The statistics are trending in the right...

Modern Slavery National Referral Mechanism: Waiting Times - Question (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I apologise; I should have addressed that. I do not know the precise reason for those discrepancies, but I will look into the details and come back to the noble Lord.

Modern Slavery National Referral Mechanism: Waiting Times - Question (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: These are discussions that we have had at considerable length over the past few months. When the IMA is commenced, its modern slavery provisions will strengthen the UK’s continued efforts to mitigate risks to public order by withholding modern slavery protections from those who enter the UK illegally and who therefore put themselves and first responders at risk and place acute pressure on...

Modern Slavery National Referral Mechanism: Waiting Times - Question (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The public order disqualification is part of the Nationality and Borders Act, which has also been discussed extensively from this Dispatch Box and over a number of debates. It provides a definition of public order which makes it operationally possible to withhold the recovery period in certain circumstances, in line with Article 13 of the European Convention on Action against Trafficking in...

Modern Slavery National Referral Mechanism: Waiting Times - Question (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, I have already highlighted that a lot of statistics have been published. I do not know specifically when the next report is due to be published, but I will find out.

Modern Slavery National Referral Mechanism: Waiting Times - Question (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: No. I do not see why it would make witnesses less likely to come forward.

Modern Slavery National Referral Mechanism: Waiting Times - Question (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: What I recognise is that this is very complicated. Referrals into the national referral mechanism are made by a number of public authorities, including the police, local authorities and so on, as well as non-governmental organisations. Then, one of the two competent authorities takes a look and makes an initial reasonable grounds decision, following which a potential victim is entitled to a...

Modern Slavery National Referral Mechanism: Waiting Times - Question (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: Yes, I am very happy to do so. The Salvation Army deserves great credit, because it is contracted to offer a lot of the services that are delivered via the NGOs to the victims.

Modern Slavery National Referral Mechanism: Waiting Times - Question (13 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: Of course, there are a lot of age-disputed cases in the system, so it is difficult to give the noble Lord a precise answer on that. There are decision-making pilots for children which are much quicker at making decisions. They are taken through a multi-agency structure of the local authority, health and police as a minimum. The safeguarding partners have a responsibility to obtain and...


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