Results 41–60 of 2669 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Sarah Teather

Immigration Bill (Money) (No. 2): Clause 60 — Deprivation if conduct seriously prejudicial to vital interests of the uk (7 May 2014)

Sarah Teather: Will the Minister comment on the time frame in which he thinks it is reasonable to expect somebody to obtain another citizenship? In the Government’s mind, would somebody be stateless for two years, five years or 10 years? Is there any sense of how long the process could go on for?

Immigration Bill (Money) (No. 2): Clause 60 — Deprivation if conduct seriously prejudicial to vital interests of the uk (7 May 2014)

Sarah Teather: I want to follow up the Minister’s answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge (Dr Huppert). The Minister said that the issue was about having a route in law to secure another citizenship, but he rather glossed over the practical barriers that many people face in obtaining another citizenship. Will he put on the record more information that might help those of us with concerns about...

Immigration Bill (Money) (No. 2): Clause 60 — Deprivation if conduct seriously prejudicial to vital interests of the uk (7 May 2014)

Sarah Teather: Is the Minister able to clarify the numbers involved and how the Secretary of State and, indeed, her predecessors have used those powers? The Joint Committee on Human Rights has repeatedly asked for those data, but has been unable to access them. I have asked similar questions and have also been unable to get the data, so could the Minister tell us how many people have had the power used...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Asylum Seekers (Support) (10 Apr 2014)

Sarah Teather: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State if she will make a statement on support provided to meet the essential living needs of asylum seekers under sections 95 and 98 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Asylum Seekers (Support) (10 Apr 2014)

Sarah Teather: The Minister is correct to say that yesterday’s judgment did not comment on the generosity of the levels, but it was absolutely damning about the process that the Home Secretary had used in order to come to her decision. It found that she had misunderstood or misapplied information, that she did not know, or ignored, basic aspects of her Government’s education policy, and that she had...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Yarl’s Wood Immigration Centre (Detainee Death) (31 Mar 2014)

Sarah Teather: During my various visits to detention centres, I have been alarmed by the number of times I have heard from detainees that they have difficulty accessing health care, usually in direct contradiction to the reports being put out by management. The situation is particularly alarming given the number of detainees with serious health problems. The Opposition spokesperson, the right hon. Member...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid (18 Mar 2014)

Sarah Teather: In their response to the JCHR report on legal aid reform, the Government agreed to exempt sections 17 and 20 of the Children Act 1989 from the residence test. However, that exemption will not include judicial review, despite the fact that it is often the only remedy available, thereby apparently undermining the exemption that has been made. Will the Minister look closely at expanding the...

Gaza (Humanitarian Situation) (5 Feb 2014)

Sarah Teather: Along with a number of hon. Members present today, I visited Gaza last week, as is detailed in my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. On power supplies, is the right hon. Gentleman as worried as I am about the number of people who are affected by burns because of things that they are trying desperately to do to create their own generators in order to get around the lack...

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

Sarah Teather: I do not intend to make a speech, because I know that others wish to speak, but an issue that has not been mentioned at all today is health. The organisation Doctors of the World, whose clinic I visited last week, is very worried about the Bill’s impact on those who do not have residence status. Such people are often extremely vulnerable, and many have been trafficked.

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Jan 2014)

Sarah Teather: I am trying to explain why I have tabled my amendments to the clause, as amendments 2 to 5 relate directly to clause 14, as do my other amendments. I cannot explain them without referring to clause 14 to clarify, I am afraid. A lot of people might be under a misapprehension, as regards the redrafting of what is in the public interest, that the measure will only apply to a very small group of...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Jan 2014)

Sarah Teather: I think I probably do not share her utilitarian view of what the greater good is. I probably have a slightly different view about the common good and do not think that that includes causing serious or manifest or overwhelming harm to children. That is why the UK is a signatory to the UNCRC, and why we believe that the best interests of children should always take prime consideration and that...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Jan 2014)

Sarah Teather: But is it the fault of their child? That is the point. The law allows us to weigh these tests up and it does not always say that if someone has a child there is not a case for deporting them, but it allows us to look at individual cases. The law must look at individual cases and not set hard and fast lines.

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Jan 2014)

Sarah Teather: I absolutely agree with the hon. Lady. The law must have the flexibility to look at individual cases. If we draw bright lines in the sand, it becomes difficult for judges to take into account individual circumstances. Automatic deportation goes slightly wider than the issue of children. Further to the discussion on new clause 15, I want to raise a constituent case. A young man came here as an...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Jan 2014)

Sarah Teather: That is exactly the point. The Bill effectively gives all immigration officers retrospective freedom against any Act that has previously come into force, any power that immigration officers have and any future power that they have to use force to do what they want to do. Given the problems that we have already seen in making sure that contractors and immigration officers follow best practice,...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Jan 2014)

Sarah Teather: I do not have many other points to make. I want to make a point about amendment 1 that has not been made. There has been a great deal of guff about the Bill being focused on restricting the rights of appeal of people who do play by the rules. It is important to stress that the restrictions on appeal in the Bill are exactly for those who do play by the rules. They are for people who come here...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Jan 2014)

Sarah Teather: I have a number of amendments in this string. I wish to speak to amendments 56 and 57, which relate to immigration detention. Amendments 2 to 5 and 58 are around the best interests of children. Amendment 61 is a sunset clause, which relates to legal aid. Amendment 60 relates to the use of force. I want to make a couple of remarks relating to Opposition amendment 1 and to speak against new...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Jan 2014)

Sarah Teather: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. The detained fast-track scheme seems to be a process largely of detaining people for administrative ease, often for extended periods, despite its name. It is as if we file people until we want to move them somewhere else and they end up being treated like blocks of paper rather than individual human beings.

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Jan 2014)

Sarah Teather: I absolutely agree with the hon. Lady. Of course, it is not effective in doing what we claim to be trying to deliver. The people detained over a long period of time are those whom we are least likely to be able to remove. Detention Action monitored long-term detainees and found that only a third were ultimately removed or deported. The longer somebody is in detention, the less likely they are...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Jan 2014)

Sarah Teather: There is a particular difficulty with the speed at which we determine the age of young people at the moment and it varies significantly from one borough to another. I encourage the Home Office to work closely with local authorities to try to speed that process up. My point is that we have managed to do such a thing for families with children and a great deal of learning has happened in the...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Jan 2014)

Sarah Teather: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?


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