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Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Detention Estate (21 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The Government are committed to using the detention estate sparingly, and only when necessary. We have taken a systematic approach to modernising and rationalising the detention estate, so that we ensure that we have the geographical footprint and resilience required to meet our future needs. By this summer, the detention estate will be almost 40% smaller than four years ago, and of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Detention Estate (21 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: I am glad that the hon. Lady identified her involvement with the Close Campsfield campaign. I am conscious that she was at many of the protests calling for the closure of Campsfield. We are developing options for the future use of the site following the end of the contract, which was, in any case, scheduled to end in May 2019. Although the employment of Mitie staff is a question for Mitie,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: EU Settlement Scheme (21 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Lady raises the question of how the EU settlement scheme is working. Of course, we know that EU citizens make a huge contribution to our economy and society, and we want them to stay. The first two phases of beta testing have successfully concluded, and the wider public implementation of the scheme has gone live today.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: EU Settlement Scheme (21 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The EU settlement scheme is a really crucial part of making sure that the 3.4 million EU citizens living here can absolutely evidence their right to stay here through a digital status in line with 21st-century requirements. The hon. Lady will have heard my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary talk in positive terms about how important this scheme is. We have now opened the final phase of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: EU Settlement Scheme (21 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: Picking up on the final part of my right hon. Friend’s question, last summer we launched the employer toolkit to enable employers best to communicate to their employees the settled status scheme. She is right to point out the concerns that many may have about the event of no deal. I would like to reassure her that across Government we are working incredibly hard to avoid a no-deal outcome....

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: EU Settlement Scheme (21 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Gentleman will know that we did increase the immigration health surcharge. That was an important manifesto commitment that the Conservative party made to make sure that those who are using NHS services are also contributing to the NHS. The settled status scheme has deliberately been designed to be simple, not complicated. It is really important that EU citizens only have to prove...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: EU Settlement Scheme (21 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. I am sure that his wife will be going through the process very soon indeed. In fact, some of the best advocates for the simplicity of the EU settled status scheme have been those who have already gone through it, and we have had very positive feedback on the first two phases of testing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration: Scottish Economy (21 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The Government’s immigration White Paper sets out the principles of an immigration system that will work in the best interests of the whole of the UK. As my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has made clear, the White Paper is the start of the conversation. I look forward to ongoing engagement with stakeholders in Scotland over the course of this year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration: Scottish Economy (21 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Gentleman is right to point out the importance of our engaging with business groups and stakeholders across Scotland. I was delighted to meet the CBI in Scotland in a business roundtable back in the summer, and that engagement will continue. I would also like to point out that the independent Migration Advisory Committee was very much of the view that Scotland’s economic situation...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration: Scottish Economy (21 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: I would gently point out that it was not an arbitrary salary threshold; it was the one put forward by the independent Migration Advisory Committee. It is, of course, important that we engage with business and employers across the whole of the United Kingdom, and we will use the next 12 months to do so.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration: Scottish Economy (21 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. and learned Lady will be aware that the Migration Advisory Committee, which is independent of Government, made the point that it did not see the case for a wide range of sectoral schemes. In fact, it made the case that perhaps only in agriculture was one appropriate. However, it is important that we continue to engage with all businesses and sectors. I am sure she will be delighted...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration: Scottish Economy (21 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: I am sure the hon. and learned Lady recalls my appearance before her at a Select Committee, where I made it clear that my view was that immigration policy was a matter reserved to the United Kingdom Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (21 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Lady asks a very specific question about figures. I am very conscious that service standards can sometimes drive behaviours that we would not want to see, with caseworkers deliberately choosing cases that are less complex to deliver. Sometimes it has been the case that complex cases have not received the attention that we want. We are working incredibly hard in UK Visas and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (21 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Gentleman will know that, in the second private beta testing phase of the EU settled status scheme, we made a political priority of those working in NHS trusts and the universities sector. He is absolutely right to point out the vital role that EU citizens play within our health service, and of course he will have heard the Home Secretary and I say repeatedly that we want them stay...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (21 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: I am, of course, very happy to meet the hon. Gentleman to discuss this case. He will be conscious that it would be inappropriate for me to discuss it on the Floor of the House, but I will meet him privately immediately afterwards.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (21 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: My hon. Friend will be aware that, in addition to the rights of EU citizens, which we have secured, we are also piloting a seasonal agricultural workers scheme for those in the soft fruit and growing industries, about which she has spoken to me several times. I am happy to reassure her that we wish that pilot to be successful and will work with her growers to make sure it is.

Points of Order: [7th Allotted Day] (11 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: I want to reassure the right hon. Lady on this. As she will know, the EU settled status scheme has been in its pilot beta testing. We have completed both phase 1 and phase 2, and phase 3 will open on 21 January. That is absolutely because we want to make sure that it works for these individuals and that we can give them the reassurance they need before we require to have the system open. In...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: EU Settlement Scheme (3 Dec 2018)

Caroline Nokes: The Home Office is putting in place a range of support for EU citizens applying to the EU settlement scheme, particularly for those who are most vulnerable. This includes assisted digital support for those unable to make online applications, a new customer contact centre and indirect support to be provided through organisations such as community groups and charities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: EU Settlement Scheme (3 Dec 2018)

Caroline Nokes: My hon. Friend is right to point out the importance of sending a message of reassurance to EU citizens living here not only that they can stay but that we want them to stay and are taking steps through our settled status scheme to enable them to do so through a straightforward online digital process. I am sure my hon. Friend will welcome the fact that 95% of the people who have been through...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: EU Settlement Scheme (3 Dec 2018)

Caroline Nokes: The UK allows individuals to hold other nationalities alongside their British citizenship, and those with dual nationality already have the right of abode here and do not need to do anything. EU citizens do not need to obtain British citizenship in order to protect their status and can remain here indefinitely by applying to the settled status scheme, so there is no need for them to...


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