Results 141–160 of 2512 for speaker:Lord Sharpe of Epsom

Written Answers — Home Office: Manston Asylum Processing Centre: Inquiries ( 8 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: Following a decision to launch a statutory inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005, the Home Office is taking steps to establish the Inquiry. In accordance with the Inquiries Act 2005, the Department will make a formal statement to Parliament, which will include details of the Chair and Terms of Reference, in due course.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Public Order Offences ( 8 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The Home Office does not publish data on UK visa holders who have had visas rescinded as a result of criminal activities associated with public order offences at the current time.

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee ()

Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) (Amendment) Order 2024 – Lord Sharpe of Epsom. Orders and regulations

Written Answers — Home Office: Counter Terrorism Command: Finance ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: Budget allocations are set by Counter-Terrorism Policing Headquarters, who work with the Home Office and police forces to advise on funding for the counter-terrorism police network, including for specific units. Breakdowns of allocations to police forces or specific units are not provided publicly for national security reasons.

Written Answers — Home Office: Drugs: Smuggling ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: Illicit production of synthetic drugs is a growing global concern, and we assess that criminal groups involved in illicit production are present in numerous countries around the world, including China. UK law enforcement agencies regularly engage with counterparts in countries where websites supplying and advertising illicit drugs are hosted. We have provided additional resources to the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Identity Cards ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The Home Office is not considering ID cards at this time.

Written Answers — Home Office: Youth Mobility Scheme: EU Countries ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The UK notes the publication by the European Commission on 18 April 2024 setting out a proposal to EU Member States and seeking their agreement to negotiate a UK/EU wide Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS). This is currently a matter for the EU and its Member States and the UK has not been formally approached. The UK currently operates 13 successful bilateral YMS schemes with international partners,...

Written Answers — Home Office: Devon and Cornwall Police: Community Policing ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The Home Office collects and publishes data annually on the function of police workers, as at 31 March each year, in the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin which can be accessed here: ngland-and-wales. Since 2012, the Home Office has published statistics on the functions of police workers which includes a...

Written Answers — Home Office: Clothing: Manufacturing Industries ( 2 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The Director of Labour Market Enforcement (DLME) has undertaken an independent review of Operation Tacit. The objectives of the upcoming report can be found here Review of Operation Tacit - GOV.UK ( The DLME will publish her findings in due course. The Home Office will consider all recommendations and respond appropriately.

Written Answers — Home Office: Drugs: Smuggling ( 2 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: Tackling Class A drugs, including synthetic opioids, is a priority for the Government due to the harm caused to users, society and the economy. We assess that the scale of trafficking of synthetic opioids into the UK remains small, relative to countries like the USA where they have caused devastation. However, nitazenes, which the National Crime Agency (NCA) assess as often being produced in...

Written Answers — Home Office: Home Office: Convictions ( 2 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: In the last twenty years there have been 24 Home Office officials who have been convicted of Misconduct in Public Office. All received a custodial sentence, and all were convicted before 2015. Since then, the Crown Prosecution Service have moved towards using more specific charges such as theft, assisting unlawful immigration and bribery. A breakdown for each year is provided below: Year...

Written Answers — Home Office: Fraud: Crime Prevention ( 2 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The government is currently working on the guidance for the new offence. We hope to publish it in early summer. The offence will then come into effect after an implementation period of 6 months is complete. The offence is similar to the existing offence of failure to prevent bribery and failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion, both of which have had success in changing business...

Immigration Update - Statement ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I completely agree with the noble Lord; of course we should. We have to monitor those statistics to make sure that the sector has what it needs, but also that the system suits the domestic issues that we have been discussing as well.

Immigration Update - Statement ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I thank the noble Lord for his comments. I would also reflect on the fact that the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, made the point relatively recently that there is no deterrent effect, but clearly that is not being represented in the facts on the ground. I shall to an extent repeat what my honourable friend said in the other place, which is that “this Government are resolutely opposed to a...

Immigration Update - Statement ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, I thank noble Lords for those questions. I will start with the cohort that the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby, referred to. He asserted that of the 5,700 that have been identified, the Home Office has located only 2,143. This is not accurate. In preparation for flights taking off, we have identified the initial cohort to be removed to Rwanda, as was said in the Statement, and have...

Immigration Update - Statement ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I shall now repeat a Statement made in the other place by my honourable friend the Minister of State for Immigration, Tom Pursglove, on immigration. The Statement is as follows: “This Government are committed to reducing immigration—both legal and illegal—into the UK. Legal immigration has risen in recent years in part because we have extended the...

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules - Motion to Regret ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, I also thank all noble Lords who have spoken, particularly the noble Lord, Lord Oates, who tabled this Motion and has therefore given us the opportunity to discuss these important issues. Before I address the points raised, I will start by summarising the changes that have come into effect. On 4 December, the Home Secretary announced a package of changes aimed at reducing the...

Ukraine: Small Boats - Question ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, no such request by the Ukrainian authorities has been received by the Home Office. These boats, which are not manufactured to commercial standards, are completely unsuitable for anything other than endangering those who use them. Border Force has seized and disposed of hundreds since 2018.

Ukraine: Small Boats - Question ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, there are a number of questions there. First, just to repeat, the UK’s total committed military, humanitarian and economic support for Ukraine now amounts to almost £12.5 billion. As recently as 23 April, the Prime Minister announced that the UK will send our largest ever package of equipment from the UK, which is designed to help push back the Russian invasion on land, sea and...

Ukraine: Small Boats - Question ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: Far from being rigid inflatables, these boats more resemble oversized rubber tires—inner tubes. The engines on these things tend to be very underpowered; they are less than 30 horsepower. They are bolted to a plywood transom and riveted to the back of the boat. They are unsafe.

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