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Results 1–20 of 87 for immigration speaker:Nicholas Soames

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Entry Clearance Applications (20 Dec 1984)

Nicholas Soames: Does my hon. and learned Friend agree that many of the immigration rules are being grotesquely abused? What steps can he take to tighten them up?

Immigration (29 Oct 1985)

Nicholas Soames: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, by misusing the spirit of the regulations, hon. Members do a great disservice to immigrant communities?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration (20 Mar 1986)

Nicholas Soames: I broadly welcome the guidance of my hon. and learned Friend on this matter. Will he, nevertheless, assure the House that he is satisfied that there are sufficient immigration officers to deal with the many difficult cases?

Orders of the Day — Immigration (Carriers' Liability) Bill (16 Mar 1987)

Nicholas Soames: ...Caledonian is a constituent of mine and that it has told me that it does its best to ensure that the correct travel documents are carried. What steps will he take when a foreign airline tells the immigration authorities that it took every step to ensure that the detained person had the correct travel documents? How can my right hon. Friend check whether that was true?

New Clause 2: Access to Legal Advice (21 Jan 1992)

Nicholas Soames: ...interest in that Gatwick, a major international airport, is within my constituency. I agree with the hon. Member for Leicester, East (Mr. Vaz) about the anguish and anxiety caused to people by immigration problems. Inevitably it takes a great deal of time to go into these cases. It is right that they should he dealt with in a humane and honourable manner. In my view, the steps that the...

New Clause 2: Access to Legal Advice (21 Jan 1992)

Nicholas Soames: ...on the Floor of the House without the sort of ignorant, absurd and childish platitudes that we have so recently heard. I have had regular and extensive contact and dealings with the United Kingdom Immigrants Advisory Service as an ordinary Member who has regularly to deal with immigration matters. I am confident that when I recommend a constituent to see UKIAS he or she will be dealt with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Illegal Immigration (Smuggling) (13 Jul 1998)

Nicholas Soames: No one should underestimate the Minister's difficulty in trying to make the system more effective. Is he aware that many of those who work in the immigration service are appalled at being unable to cope with the rising tide of illegal immigration and at finding themselves having to let go people whom they know to be illegal immigrants who are never again found? Does he agree that this problem...

Oral Answers to Questions — Lord Chancellor's Department: Immigration Appeals (3 Nov 1998)

Nicholas Soames: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, such is the backlog of immigration matters, for all sorts of different and understandable reasons, the law is being brought into disrepute? Will he examine the method used in Holland for dealing with illegal immigrants where adjudicators are on the spot the whole time so that cases can be dealt with immediately and do not block up the magistrates courts?

Petition: Hunting with Dogs (7 Jul 2000)

Nicholas Soames: ...newspaper—have shown that a majority of the general public seem to disapprove of almost everything, including, inter alia, the Conservative party, buggery, tripe and black pudding, smoking, immigration, Radio 3—and, very likely, Mr. Deputy Speaker, the colour of your front door, and indeed of mine. If all those, or more, are to be made the subject of criminal offences, we shall all...

Written Answers — Home Department: Immigration and Asylum (5 Jul 2001)

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the quality of statistics available to him on immigration and asylum.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Asylum System (17 Dec 2001)

Nicholas Soames: ...only for a short time? Will she look at the extremely efficient and effective way in which the Dutch handle such matters, which turns asylum seekers round quickly? Will she also make sure that the immigration people, who do a good job under difficult conditions, are reinforced when pressures build up? At the moment, Air Zimbabwe flights are a source of great anxiety to them. When pinch...

Written Answers — Home Department: Illegal Immigrants and Overstayers (25 Feb 2002)

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to remove illegal immigrants and overstayers over the last 12 months.

Written Answers — Home Department: Asylum Seekers (26 Feb 2002)

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the application of human rights legislation to illegal immigrants and asylum seekers.

Written Answers — Home Department: Asylum Seekers (1 May 2002)

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the Afghans who landed at Stansted in February 2000 in a hijacked aircraft are in Britain; and what their immigration status is.

Written Answers — Home Department: Arranged Marriages (1 May 2002)

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if an entry clearance officer who has grounds to suspect that a proposed marriage is primarily for the purpose of evading immigration controls has the power to refuse the issue of an entry clearance certificate to either party on those grounds.

Speaker's Statement (1 May 2002)

Nicholas Soames: On a separate and much simpler point of order, Mr. Speaker. A week ago, I tabled 14 questions to the Home Office about specific matters relating to immigration. Two of the questions were subsequently transferred to the Lord Chancellor's Department, and I have no quarrel with that. I asked the questions specifically for a named day—yesterday—and I gave the Home Office six working days to...

Hunting Bill (16 Dec 2002)

Nicholas Soames: ...appear to want to run away, when, after all the Government's fine and wholly unbelievable talk, the public transport situation is catastrophic, and when they have lost their way in dealing with immigration, health, drugs and crime, they seek to introduce such a draconian Bill. It shows a want and a lack of proportion, and a misunderstanding of the feelings of ordinary people that is wholly...

Written Answers — Treasury: Immigration (27 Jan 2003)

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the net non EU foreign immigration to the UK was, including the dependants of asylum seekers, in each year from 1992 to 2001 (a) before the recent adjustments to take account of the census results and (b) after these adjustments had been made.

Immigration Statistics (18 Mar 2003)

Nicholas Soames: ...grateful for the opportunity to return to a matter of great domestic importance. I want to start by making three points absolutely clear. First, I have nothing whatever against genuine refugees and immigrants, many of whom have greatly enriched and enhanced our national life. They deserve to be welcomed and given shelter. Unfortunately, our ability to welcome them is hampered by large...

Immigration Statistics (18 Mar 2003)

Nicholas Soames: ...be able to have a proper and sensible debate about this sensitive but very important matter. There may be some argument about the detail, but there is hardly any scope to deny that we face massive immigration on a scale never before seen in this country. The pressure on public services, schools, housing, transport and the health service is already intense, particularly in the south-east,...


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