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Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)

Caroline Nokes: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. Does she agree that in providing better information to citizens and businesses, we must also seek to bring them with us? If people understand the issue and are made to feel part of the solution, they are much more likely to engage and take the individual actions that we need them to take.

Immigration Detention: Trafficking and Modern Slavery — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (9 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: It is a pleasure, as always, to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Gary, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Jess Phillips) on securing this important debate. I pay tribute to her tireless campaign work on the rights of women and victims of domestic violence. Many of us have heard her powerful speeches in the Chamber and Westminster Hall on several occasions, and we...

Immigration Detention: Trafficking and Modern Slavery — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (9 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: It is difficult for me to comment on the application to individuals, but I will certainly come back to the hon. Gentleman with a fuller response to that point. Several comments were made about the reform of the national referral mechanism and the importance of ensuring that the NRM gets victims of modern slavery the support they need. We have made significant progress in delivering that...

Immigration Detention: Trafficking and Modern Slavery — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (9 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The gatekeeper function remains under close scrutiny. I and the many individual monitors who look at our detention system have scrutinised and continue to scrutinise the process of detention gatekeeping. The hon. Gentleman is right to point out that if people have been through the detention gatekeeper function and still vulnerabilities have not been picked up, it is right that we continue to...

Immigration Detention: Trafficking and Modern Slavery — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (9 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: I will have to get back to the hon. Lady with precise numbers on those in the prison estate. Of course, it is important to reflect that those in the prison estate will be foreign national offenders who have committed some crime, which has determined that they are worthy of a prison sentence. Each time an individual is detained, there must be a realistic prospect of removal within a reasonable...

Immigration Detention: Trafficking and Modern Slavery — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (9 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The quote, which the hon. Lady has somewhat misinterpreted, has been amended to give clarification. It should not have been able to lead to such a level of misinterpretation. None of us would ever say that prostitution leads to an ideal way of life. It certainly does not. However, there is much more that we can do, working with Nigeria and our partners to address the particular problem that...

Immigration Applications: Fee Structure (14 May 2019)

Caroline Nokes: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley. I thank the hon. Member for Arfon (Hywel Williams) for securing this debate on the fee structure for immigration applications. I have listened carefully to his comments and can assure him that I am in no doubt about his strength of feeling on the topic, and I am of course aware of representations made by other Members, both in...

Migration Advisory Committee — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Apr 2019)

Caroline Nokes: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone, and I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. He put his view forward with customary forthrightness, and I would expect nothing less from him. I am grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to shine a bit of light on the work of the Migration Advisory Committee. It plays a very important role in the...

Migration Advisory Committee — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Apr 2019)

Caroline Nokes: My hon. Friend will be aware, from the White Paper and the Government’s proposals, that although we have listened to the MAC, we have not relied exclusively on its opinions. The MAC did not include any suggestion of a temporary workers route for skills that do not fall within the categories that it has designated—I hate to use the term “lower skilled”, and if I have a few minutes at...

Police, Fire and Rescue Services: Funding Reductions — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (20 Feb 2019)

Caroline Nokes: It is of course a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I congratulate the hon. Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) on securing the debate and giving me what I think is my first opportunity to listen to a debate on police funding. I am conscious that, as the spokesman for the Opposition, the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Louise Haigh), said, many hon. Members have been...

Police, Fire and Rescue Services: Funding Reductions — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (20 Feb 2019)

Caroline Nokes: That is a question that the hon. Lady might best put to my right hon. Friend the Minister for Policing and the Fire Service when she next gets the chance. I am conscious that Home Office questions are on Monday, and I am sure that she will take that opportunity. With that, I will say no more.

English Channel: Illegal Seaborne Immigration (30 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Christopher. Thank you for that clarification about how long I may speak for. It is a great credit to my hon. Friend the Member for Kettering (Mr Hollobone) that he secured this important debate. As many Members will know, this issue first came to prominence over the festive period, but it started significantly before that. We are...

English Channel: Illegal Seaborne Immigration (30 Jan 2019)

Caroline Nokes: I thank my hon. Friend for raising that important point. He will be conscious that I have been in post as Minister of State for Immigration for a year now. One of the real concerns we have is how we address people who remain here without status and without a right given to them by the courts to be here. Both my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and I are working very hard both on promoting...

EU Settled Status Scheme (27 Nov 2018)

Caroline Nokes: It is a pleasure as ever to serve under your Chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I add my congratulations to those of other hon. Members to my hon. Friend the Member for Boston and Skegness (Matt Warman) on having secured this important debate on the EU exit settlement scheme. My hon. Friend has raised this with me previously in the House, and I recognise his particular constituency interest, with...

EU Settled Status Scheme (27 Nov 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that question. Throughout my time as Immigration Minister, I have always been pleased to meet as many interest groups as possible, so I will be delighted to meet him and some of his constituents. I would like to reassure him that I also have a constituency in the south-east of England and regularly meet my own constituents, who raise their concerns with me, and...

EU Settled Status Scheme (27 Nov 2018)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that we are moving forward shortly with a new immigration system. Sometimes it can be very frustrating in the Chamber, because we end up on time limits and with either the Chair of a debate or the Speaker urging us not to take up too much time, but I am always very conscious in the language that I use that we must be welcoming, careful and tolerant....

EU Settled Status Scheme (27 Nov 2018)

Caroline Nokes: It is important that we give reassurance to EU citizens living here. As the former Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, my right hon. Friend the Member for Esher and Walton (Dominic Raab), made very clear, I believe, in one of his Select Committee appearances, this is a solid commitment to EU citizens, who we want to stay. I think one hon. Member might have raised the spectre of this, but...

EU Settled Status Scheme (27 Nov 2018)

Caroline Nokes: As I indicated just a moment ago, we are conscious that there have been several technical bugs. A good example was the system not recognising hyphenated surnames, which we were able to fix in phase 1 of the scheme. Some additional technical issues have been flagged up in phase 2, and we are working extensively to overcome them. I will not give a timeline for the resolution of the challenges...

EU Settled Status Scheme (27 Nov 2018)

Caroline Nokes: We have indicated that there will be a proportionate approach to those who do not apply in time, which I am very conscious could be for very good reason, such as ill health. It is important that we do not penalise people who have every right to be here. We are determined to be as welcoming as possible. We are working to make sure that we articulate that properly, not only through our...

Asylum Seekers: Right to Work (24 Oct 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I did wonder whether the hon. Member for Bristol West (Thangam Debbonaire) was going to contribute. I am not sure whether she had indicated as such to you, Mr Betts.


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