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[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] — Immigration (17 Jul 2007)

Nicholas Soames: I last initiated a debate on immigration matters in this House on 18 March 2003. The then Minister for Citizenship and Immigration, who is now the Minister for Children, Young People and Families, dismissed pretty much out of hand the serious and detailed points that Conservative Members made to her. Events have proved that she was totally wrong to do so, for this is a matter of the greatest...

Bill Presented — Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill: Backbench Business — Immigration (6 Sep 2012)

Nicholas Soames: I beg to move, That this House calls on the Government to take all necessary steps to reduce immigration to a level that will stabilise the UK’s population as close as possible to its present level and, certainly, significantly below 70 million. I am grateful to the hon. Member for North East Derbyshire (Natascha Engel) and the Backbench Business Committee for providing time for the House...

Opposition Day — [19th Allotted Day]: Immigration Controls (21 Oct 2008)

Nicholas Soames: ...for Birkenhead (Mr. Field) on his speech and hope that the House listened with great care to what he said in this important debate. For centuries the British isles have been a destination for immigrants and a source of emigrants. The flow of people has contributed to one of the strongest societies and one of the most dynamic economies in the world. Likewise, Britons have emigrated across...

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] — Immigration (17 Jul 2007)

Nicholas Soames: ...Prime Minister trumpets his plan to build 3 million houses by 2020. Many of them will have to be on greenfield sites. What he omitted to mention was that 1 million of them will be not for existing immigrants, who are now a valuable part of our community, but for new immigrants, and that even that vast number depends on the Government's assumption that immigration will fall by 30 per cent....

Written Answers — Justice: Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (20 Feb 2012)

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many asylum and immigration-related cases were heard in the (a) first Tier of the Tribunal's Immigration and Asylum Chamber, (b) upper Tier of the Tribunal's Immigration and Asylum Chamber, (c) Administrative Court and (d) Courts of Appeal in England and Wales or the Court of Sessions in Scotland in the most recent year for which figures are available.

Bill Presented — Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill: Backbench Business — Immigration (6 Sep 2012)

Nicholas Soames: I will not; I will continue, if I may. The outcome was a total of 3.5 million foreign immigrants, during which time 1 million British citizens left our shores. As the Institute for Public Policy Research put it, “It is no exaggeration to say that immigration under new Labour has changed the face of the country.” All that took place in the teeth of public opinion, and without any proper...

Immigration (12 Dec 2011)

Nicholas Soames: ...to this very difficult portfolio. When I think that 10 years ago, a Labour Minister at the Home Office, Beverley Hughes, described me as being a racist for even having an Adjournment debate on immigration, I can see that we have come a long way. As the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) said, it is important that we can discuss this serious matter in a clear, open, sane and humane...

[Mr. Edward O'Hara in the Chair] — Population and Immigration (2 Feb 2010)

Nicholas Soames: I am grateful for this opportunity to debate the impact of immigration on the population of the United Kingdom-a debate that needs to happen more regularly. I called for the debate because our country truly faces a turning point of historic proportions, which will profoundly affect the future of our children and subsequent generations. In fact, this is a crisis, of which members of the public...

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...

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,...

Descendants of Deceased Adopted People (Access to Information): Immigration Bill (22 Oct 2013)

Nicholas Soames: ..., I will not follow her down that avenue, as I want to make a more general speech about the importance of the Bill. Several comments have been made in the House today about why there seems to be an immigration Bill every two years. It is a fair point, but it is perhaps worth saying that it has been some time since Governments have felt able to deal with this matter in a serious way. It is...

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] — Immigration (17 Jul 2007)

Nicholas Soames: ...those matters in my own time. Looking ahead, the Government's projections anticipate that we will add 1 million to our population every five years. Of that increase, 83 per cent. will be due to new immigrants and their descendants. Even that forecast is based on the cautious assumption that immigration will fall by about 30 per cent. from its present level and remain flat. It is still too...

Immigration Bill: Schedule 8 — transitional and consequential provision (30 Jan 2014)

Nicholas Soames: ...in the face of fierce lobbying from vested interests, and they have done that with the wholehearted support of the Conservative party and the coalition. On that they should be congratulated. The Immigration Bill builds on that good work. Whatever the right hon. Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper) says, there is no doubt that it represents a big step forward and...

Written Answers — Home Department: Illegal Immigrants: Employment (12 Oct 2009)

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employers have been (a) detected and (b) found employing illegal immigrants under the civil penalty system under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006; and how much has been imposed in fines under that system.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Social Rented Housing: Greater London (6 Nov 2012)

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what recent estimate he has made of the effect of immigration on new social housing lets in London; (2) what estimate he has made of the effect of immigration on social housing waiting lists in London over the last 10 years.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Population (18 Oct 2012)

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of the increase in the UK population between 2001 and 2011, as reported in the recent census, was due to net foreign immigration in that period plus (a) the children subsequently born in the UK to those immigrants and (b) all children born in the UK in the same period to all foreign born mothers.

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?

[Mr. Edward O'Hara in the Chair] — Population and Immigration (2 Feb 2010)

Nicholas Soames: ...to raise the tenor and rigour of the debate, has done research for our cross-party group. It has done some calculations on the effect of varying the birth rate while holding the death rate and net immigration constant at the level of the most recent principal projection by the ONS. Those calculations demonstrate that even if birth rates fell to the lowest level for a century, our...

Windrush (23 Apr 2018)

Nicholas Soames: .... Friend’s whole-hearted apology for this very regrettable incident, which quite clearly should have been dealt with a very long time ago. Does she agree that what most affects the interests of immigrants and residents of this country is that the system should work really well? Will she assure me that, in future and following Brexit, people will have the confidence in our immigration...


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