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Written Answers — Home Office: Chevening Scholarships Programme (8 Mar 2022)

Victoria Atkins: We have contacted all of those from the 2021/22 cohort who came to the UK as part of Op Pitting, and registered their applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) onto HO systems. This means that they have continuing permission to be in the UK, and their ILR applications will be processed by April 2022. Any 2021/22 Chevening Scholars who were already in the UK have ongoing permission to...

Written Answers — Home Office: Chevening Scholarships Programme (8 Mar 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The Home Office’s Policy Statement (updated 13.9.21) explained that we had introduced a concessionary approach which applied to any Afghan national who had permission under work or study routes to be in the UK before 1 September 2021. This means that Chevening scholars already in the UK may be eligible to apply to either the Graduate or the Skilled Worker route. The Graduate route allows...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (8 Mar 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The evacuation of eligible people from Afghanistan was a humanitarian effort- and at every step of the process, the security and safety of the UK and its citizens was front of mind. Where a threat is identified, it is investigated and we do not hesitate to take robust action against anyone who poses a threat to the UK. Information relating to how many individuals have been refused under the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: Afghanistan (8 Mar 2022)

Victoria Atkins: Those who have indefinite leave to remain in the UK who are currently in Afghanistan should make themselves known to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The UK is working with international partners to secure safe routes out of Afghanistan as soon as they become available.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: HM Prison and Probation Service: Disclosure of Information (7 Mar 2022)

Victoria Atkins: HM Prison and Probation Service attaches great importance to the effective and timely handling of correspondence from MPs, either directly or on behalf of their constituents. The delay in responding to the Hon. member and his constituent is due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in the team dealing with the request. I have asked for the records to be made available as soon as possible. The team...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners Release (4 Mar 2022)

Victoria Atkins: As detailed in Prison Service Order 600 and Prison Service Order 4700, the Secretary of State may use his executive power to release prisoners early on compassionate grounds. An application may be made by or any behalf of any prisoner, but early release is granted only in exceptional circumstances, where a prisoner is suffering from a terminal illness or is experiencing tragic family...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Location (2 Mar 2022)

Victoria Atkins: A year-by-year summary of distance, in miles, from home for prisoners in the three listed age categories, in both female and male prisons is listed below. There are complex and wide-ranging issues involved in transferring and locating prisoners, and allocation decisions must reflect both the specific needs and circumstances of the prisoner, including their security assessment, as well as...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Glen Parva (2 Mar 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The name for the new prison at Glen Parva is expected to be announced in early March 2022. There were 132 entries submitted to suggest a name for the new prison during the consultation which ran from 10 December 2021 to 21 January 2022.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Accommodation (2 Mar 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The table below lists the 16 sites where the 4000 prison places will be delivered. This is subject to planning permission approval at some sites. HMP Stocken Houseblock HMP Guys Marsh Houseblock HMP High Down Workshop HMP Birmingham Refurbishment HMP Liverpool Refurbishment HMP Norwich Refurbishment HMP Feltham Refurbishment (delivered) HMP Aylesbury Refurbishment...

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Afghanistan (2 Mar 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The Government responded swiftly to the fast-moving and challenging events in Afghanistan, including supporting the largest and fastest evacuation in recent history. We can be proud as a country that we helped over 15,000 people to safety from Afghanistan in August 2021 and we continue to do all we can to enable those who are eligible to relocate to the UK. There have been approximately 100...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Dartmoor Prison: Finance (1 Mar 2022)

Victoria Atkins: In December 2021, HMPPS agreed the principal terms of a new lease with the Duchy of Cornwall. Subject to final agreement, HMP Dartmoor will remain operational as a prison beyond the end of 2023, when the existing lease expires. This will protect jobs in the rural south-west of England, as well as preserving 640 much-needed prison places. I am committed to ensuring that conditions in Dartmoor...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Sexual Harassment: Internet (28 Feb 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The government remains firmly committed to the protection of people from abuse and harm online. While this disturbing behaviour may already be captured by existing offences the Government is keenly aware of concerns that have been expressed over the misuse of new communications technology. Therefore we asked the Law Commission to review the law on Harmful Online Communications to ensure...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Alternatives to Prison: Females (28 Feb 2022)

Victoria Atkins: Since the Female Offender Strategy was published in 2018 with the aim of steering women away from crime, the number of women entering the criminal justice system for the first time has fallen by 30%. We are investing tens of millions of pounds over the next three years into community services like women centres, drug rehabilitation and accommodation support so fewer women end up in prison....

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Sentences (28 Feb 2022)

Victoria Atkins: We are clear that sentencing must match the severity of a crime, and public protection is our priority. Sentencers should therefore have the option of imposing a short custodial sentence, where appropriate and necessary. However, custody should always be a last resort. If we are able to break the cycle of reoffending, solutions will often lie in robust and effective community sentences, which...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Reoffenders: Gender (28 Feb 2022)

Victoria Atkins: We routinely produce proven reoffending statistics of offenders released from custody or who received a caution or non-custodial conviction at court, but we do not produce solely for those released from custody. Proven reoffending rates are available by gender in Table A2 Proven reoffending statistics: January to March 2020 - GOV.UK (

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Open Prisons: Females (28 Feb 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The exact numbers and mix of new open and closed facilities are being finalised subject to site surveys and planning and, when agreed, will be released at the earliest opportunity.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Accommodation: Females (28 Feb 2022)

Victoria Atkins: We are delivering high quality facilities in women’s prisons including providing up to 500 new places. In addition, we will continue to invest a significant proportion of our custodial capital and resource budgets received through Spending Review ‘21 on improving the condition and operational integrity of existing accommodation. The final allocation is determined through an internal...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Criminal Proceedings: Females (28 Feb 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The Government remains committed to publishing an update on delivering the approach and principles in the Concordat. We are considering the recommendations of the January 2022 report by the National Audit Office and the current Public Accounts Committee inquiry on Improving Outcomes for Women in the Criminal Justice System before finalising the report. We expect to publish by summer.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release: Females (28 Feb 2022)

Victoria Atkins: We recognise the challenges facing women seeking accommodation on release. As part of our commitment to eliminate rough sleeping, we are working across Government, with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), the Welsh Government and other Government Departments, to address the barriers offenders face in securing suitable accommodation. Our Prisons Strategy White...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Wayland Prison: Solar Power (28 Feb 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The contract with Engie for installing solar panels at HMP Wayland is part of a wider contract, which is available on Contracts finder: ENGIE - HMPPS SOLAR PV GROUNDMOUNTED LOT 1 - Contracts Finder. Specific terms and conditions of our contracts are commercially sensitive.

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