Results 21–40 of 46 for immigration in the 'Commons debates' speaker:Nicholas Soames

Metropolitan Police Service (18 Jul 2011)

Nicholas Soames: ...about the Information Commissioner’s report in 2006 was compounded by the fact that they backed down under the lobbying of the Society of Editors over clause 77 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, which means that a fine of £150 is the average fine for someone found guilty of stealing personal information? Will she review the section and see whether the offence should be made...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Controlling Migration (23 Nov 2010)

Nicholas Soames: I congratulate the Home Secretary and the Minister for Immigration on this admirable programme and the excellent start made. May I press her a little further on the breaking of the link between settlement and people coming here to work temporarily? At what stage does she expect to introduce the measures necessary to achieve that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Affordable Housing (London) (26 Jan 2010)

Nicholas Soames: Has the Minister had time to see the powerful report from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, which calls for an assessment to be made by the Government of the impact of immigration on affordable housing and other housing, given the great pressure on demand? Has the right hon. Gentleman made such an assessment?

Bill Presented: New Clause 2 — Short-term holding facilities (14 Jul 2009)

Nicholas Soames: As my hon. Friend the Member for Ashford (Damian Green) observed, there is a sort of ritual to these immigration Bills. They come around almost annually, yet they never seem to close with the main problem. Before I lend my support to what my hon. Friend has said, let me remind the House that net foreign immigration trebled between 1997 to 2007, from 107,000 to 333,000. During the same...

Bill Presented: New Clause 2 — Short-term holding facilities (14 Jul 2009)

Nicholas Soames: ...informed and drafted, it must be based on sound numbers. We believe that the figures supplied to him by Balanced Migration are entirely accurate. Following his line of argument, does he agree that immigration will add nearly 7 million people to England's population by 2031?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Building Britain's Future (29 Jun 2009)

Nicholas Soames: I welcome the steps that the Prime Minister has taken on social housing, but does he agree that unless urgent steps are taken to curb immigration this policy will not even begin to deal with the problem?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Illegal Immigrants (18 May 2009)

Nicholas Soames: Does the Minister of State agree that the effective removal of illegal immigrants is an important underpinning for public confidence? Does he also agree that it is just as important that the Government take the steps that the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field) and I have raised with them to break the link between people coming here to work and those who settle?

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...

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

Nicholas Soames: ...is whether the Government have the will to control the other part of the equation, and whether they choose to exert it. I give the Government credit for moving towards a major reform of the immigration system; credit where credit is due. But the points-based system lacks one essential and critical aspect: a limit on the number of people allowed to settle here. The reality is that a points...

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

Nicholas Soames: ...that it is for a maximum of four years. The number allowed to settle here would thus be confined to a small number selected by a further points system. The longer-term policy aim would be to bring immigration into line with emigration—hence the term "balanced migration". The Minister said in his BBC interview on Sunday that he would ensure that breaking the limit between economic...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Labour Statistics (20 Oct 2008)

Nicholas Soames: ...that there is a good deal still to be done in respect of training the United Kingdom work force? Does he agree that what we really need to do is cap the number of people who come here as immigrants in each year?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration and Nationality Directorate (19 Mar 2007)

Nicholas Soames: ...admission and that, in fact, the rules relating to people who are granted temporary admission need to be tightened up considerably? Does he think that if there is any doubt at all in the minds of immigration officers, these people should be detained?

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?

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...


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