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

Sarah Teather: May I take up a point that I made to the Home Secretary earlier? As the hon. Gentleman knows, people are often trafficked, but the fact that they have been trafficked is not recognised immediately. Such people may have committed crimes while being trafficked, and may have served sentences of more than a year. It seems that, as a consequence of the restrictive nature of the new clause, we...

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

Sarah Teather: What about other matters relating to the convention, such as the right to practise one’s religion and the right to a private life in relation to one’s sexuality? Is there not a possibility that people would be sent back to a country where they would be persecuted?

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

Sarah Teather: Has the shadow Minister noticed an anomaly that concerns me and on which I hope the Home Secretary can give some clarification? It appears that if someone applies for variation in leave, that leave is protected if their administrative review is pending, but not if they appeal.

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

Sarah Teather: Given the strong line the Home Secretary has taken on trafficking, how does she feel about the exclusion of article 4 of the European convention on human rights from the new clause?

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

Sarah Teather: Yesterday the House heard many noble speeches about our international obligations and humanitarian protection led by the Home Secretary. I was the first to congratulate her on that. Today, as the clause is drafted, she appears to be asking for a blank cheque to remove people’s rights to have rights. I wonder whether she can see the irony in that and whether our international leadership does...

Opposition Day — [19th Allotted Day] — UNHCR Syrian Refugees Programme (29 Jan 2014)

Sarah Teather: As I said during the statement, I am absolutely delighted that Britain is to take refugees for resettlement. I have a particular interest because I visited projects serving Syrian refugees in Jordan last November. They included projects inside Zaatari camp provided courtesy of the UNHCR by Doctors of the World, UNICEF and Save the Children, and outside the camp by the Jesuit Refugee Service....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Syrian Refugees (29 Jan 2014)

Sarah Teather: Having visited Jordan and seen the conditions in which Syrian refugees are living, I am absolutely delighted that the Home Secretary has made this statement—I hope that it gives her heart to think that doing the humane thing for refugees is often popular and not always unpopular. I am a little disappointed that we are not signed up to the UNHCR’s scheme, but so long as we are working hand...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: UN Syrian Refugees Programme (20 Jan 2014)

Sarah Teather: Before Christmas, I visited Jordan and the Zaatari refugee camp, as well as a number of organisations providing help for refugees living in host communities. I was particularly concerned about the plight of disabled children and children who have managed to travel on their own. The Minister is of course correct to say that most refugees just want to go back to Syria and do not want to come to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Syria (13 Jan 2014)

Sarah Teather: May I press the Foreign Secretary on his answer to the question about refugees? The 1,500 figure that he gave referred to those who had been accepted for asylum, rather than those who had been accepted as part of a co-ordinated resettlement programme. Just before Christmas I visited the Zaatari refugee camp, and saw a project run by the Jesuit Refugee Service to support refugees living in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Changes to Health Services in London (30 Oct 2013)

Sarah Teather: My constituents in Brent will be very disappointed with the Secretary of State’s announcement of the A and E closure at Central Middlesex hospital. However, given that the hospital trust began moving acute services out to Northwick Park hospital many years before the process began, they will probably not be surprised. Does he agree that there is an urgent need for health managers to work...

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

Sarah Teather: Last month, one of my constituents—I will call him Philippe—attended an asylum-screening appointment at Lunar house. He had a history of serious ill treatment in Cameroon and had in his hand a referral to Freedom from Torture from his very worried advocates, so one would have expected him to be treated with care and attention when he arrived for his screening appointment. It is worth...

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

Sarah Teather: No, I do not accept that. This happens because of the culture of disbelief in the Home Office, and it is that culture that needs to change, yet I see nothing in the Bill that will have any impact on the quality of decision making or on how individual officials treat constituents such as mine when they go with their asylum or visa applications. In my 10 years as an MP, I have seen countless...

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

Sarah Teather: The hon. Lady makes an excellent point. These are the sort of people I worry will fall foul of the Bill because they struggle to provide their documentation. We know that there are a lot of people who fall through the net when they are first given refugee status and end up destitute. They make up the bulk of the people whom the British Red Cross deals with in terms of food parcels because...

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

Sarah Teather: I am certain that the commitment of the hon. Lady on the issue of human trafficking is very real. However, there is nothing in this Bill that will make that situation any better for the individuals who are caught up in it. It is worth remembering that, for a lot of vulnerable people who come here, it is very difficult to enter the country legally. Many of the legal routes have been closed...

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

Sarah Teather: Did the Home Secretary take advice from colleagues in the Department for Education on the extent to which her definition of article 8 is compliant with our obligations under the UN convention on the right of the child?

Business of the House: Transforming Legal Aid (5 Sep 2013)

Sarah Teather: From a quick scan of the consultation document, and further to the Lord Chancellor’s answer to the hon. Member for Sheffield Central (Paul Blomfield), it looks as though the Government have made substantial moves on categories of the vulnerable, which I welcome. However, the Lord Chancellor has not answered a point that a number of other Members have raised: what would happen with cases...

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: This has been an excellent and well-informed debate. If there is one thing I hope the Minister will take away and consider, it is that of the more than 30 contributions we have heard today, only one—in addition to his own—was unequivocally in favour of the proposals. I hope that he will reflect on that. Liberal democracies cannot afford to get themselves into a position in which they...

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I beg to move, That this House has considered legal aid reform. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for allowing the House to debate this very important issue. I am hugely grateful to the many Members who have remained in the Chamber on a Thursday afternoon even though the debate is not on a dividable motion. I offer my apology for the fact that I did not ask for a full day’s...

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I would have been delighted to see the Justice Secretary, but I am, in fact, delighted that the Minister is present. I trust that he will listen carefully to what Members say today, and will relay it faithfully.

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I certainly think that there are better ways of finding savings. I hope that some Members will refer to the way in which we manage some of the services that we privatise. The way in which contracts are managed is very important. The privatisation of the interpretation and translation services, for example, appears to have led to greater delay and driven up costs.


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