Results 161–180 of 2512 for speaker:Lord Sharpe of Epsom

Ukraine: Small Boats - Question ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: Some are kept for evidential and investigation reasons, but they are destroyed as quickly as possible. They are actually recycled; they are not put into landfill.

Ukraine: Small Boats - Question ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: No. I am rejecting it because these boats are unsafe. What I will do, however, is share a good news story from last week. The seventh convoy run by the National Fire Chiefs Council delivered to the border of Ukraine a large amount of the sort of aid that the noble Lord is describing, including 33 fire and rescue vehicles, two mechanics’ vehicles, an HGV carrying more than 2,800 items of...

Ukraine: Small Boats - Question ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I am very disappointed that the noble Lord the admiral does not support the Government’s position on this. An unsafe boat is an unsafe boat. He knows more about them—and ships, of course—than I do. The fact is that the Ukrainians, as far as we are aware, have not even asked for these things, so that judgment does not need to be made.

Ukraine: Small Boats - Question ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: As I have just said and will continue to say: because the Ukrainians have not asked for them.

Ukraine: Small Boats - Question ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My reply would be that we should look into the appropriate sorts of boats that we should send as part of our aid. Again, to remind noble Lords about the type of aid, since the start of the conflict the UK has sent almost 400 different types of capabilities to Ukraine. If the Ukrainians asked for boats, we would certainly look at providing them, but not these.

Ukraine: Small Boats - Question ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I thank the noble Lord for his support for the Government’s position regarding the boats. On the seizure of Russian assets, I am afraid I am not more aware of the discussions than he will be from having read in the papers about what is going on at a very high level among the international community. I am sure that as soon as there is more to say on the subject, we will be back at the...

Ukraine: Small Boats - Question ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My noble friend makes an extremely good point. If there is a genuine request from the Ukrainian authorities to provide them with boats, we will absolutely look at it, and we will find the appropriate vehicles.

Ukraine: Small Boats - Question ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I say to my noble friend what I said earlier: no request has come to the Home Office, and, as far as I am aware, the same goes for the FCDO and the MoD. As far as I am concerned, there has been no meaningful request to the authorities which could provide the boats that are under discussion.

Ukraine: Small Boats - Question ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: As I think I made clear, I do not disagree or otherwise with the noble and right reverend Lord. He makes a perfectly reasonable point, but the Foreign Secretary is having those discussions and I am not.

Written Answers — Home Office: Police: Recruitment ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: Police forces carry out their vetting independently of government and in line with the College of Policing’s vetting code of practice and vetting authorised professional practice (APP) guidance, which are both continually reviewed. The code sets out the role that a thorough and effective vetting regime has in helping to ensure public trust and confidence in those working in policing. The...

Written Answers — Home Office: Police: Orphans ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: This Government has no plans to introduce a facility specifically for orphaned children of police officers. The death of an officer is devastating for all in policing, but most deeply felt by their loved ones and children. It is important that bereaved families have access to the appropriate support, primarily from the police force. Depending on the particular circumstances, there is a range...

Written Answers — Home Office: Madeleine McCann (30 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: For the year 2024-25 the Home Office has agreed to provide up to £192,000 to the Metropolitan Police Service through Special Grant funding for Operation Grange, the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. At 31 March 2024, the total cost of the investigation was £13.2m. Operation Grange’s Special Grant budget currently funds a team of three police officers and one member...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (30 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The Government remains committed to providing protection for vulnerable and at-risk people fleeing Afghanistan. This includes eligible immediate family members of those being resettled under both the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) and the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS). Data on the number of Afghans in the UK who are awaiting a route for separated families to be...

Written Answers — Home Office: UK Border Force: Heathrow Airport (30 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: Border Force has made no such assessment as to the strikes’ impact on tourism and business, as this is not within Border Force’s remit. Border Force will continue to work closely with Heathrow Airport to ensure we have robust plans in place to minimise any delays if strike action goes ahead. We will deploy suitable resources to meet critical demand and support the flow of passengers and...

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Graduates (30 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: It is important we provide certainty on this issue in a timely manner, which is why we asked the MAC to carry out a rapid review. We will consider the evidence put forward by the MAC very closely.

Written Answers — Home Office: Journalism: Iran (29 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: Whilst we do not routinely comment on operational matters or specific threats, Iran has been clear in its intentions, publicly calling for the capture or killing of those holding it to account, either in the UK or abroad. Since the start of 2022, Iran has attempted to carry out these threats on numerous occasions, with over 15 credible threats to kill or kidnap British or UK-based...

Written Answers — Home Office: Mortgages: Fees and Charges (29 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: As part of our Fraud Strategy, we have worked closely with the financial services industry to protect customers against a variety of fraud types, including advance fee scams. This includes the Retail Banking Fraud Sector Charter which has delivered ambitious and innovative actions to prevent authorised fraud and protect customers. We have also agreed similar charters with the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Overseas Students: Postgraduate Education (29 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The Home Office does not publish data on the proportion of student visas for postgraduate taught courses or how long people were resident in the UK on student visas. The Home Office publishes data on sponsored study visas in the ‘Immigration System Statistics Quarterly Release’. Data on the outcomes of student visas are published in table ‘Vis_D02’ of the detailed entry clearance...

Written Answers — Home Office: Overseas Students: Postgraduate Education (29 Apr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: Long-term international migration estimates are produced by the independent Office for National Statistics (ONS). Any decision around the methodology used to estimate net migration would be for the ONS. They use the “UN-recommended definition of a long-term international migrant”, a person who moves to another country other than their own for at least a year (12 months). Students who...


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