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Nationality and Borders Bill: Before Clause 11 - Compliance with the Refugee Convention (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: Well, of course, but they are not doing that. The reality is that if we had a returns agreement in place, which this Prime Minister completely failed to negotiate, that would be the deterrent effect that we all want to see. The deterrent effect of a returns agreement would be so much stronger than the threat of being offloaded to Rwanda, because it would mean that every small boat refugee...

Nationality and Borders Bill: Before Clause 11 - Compliance with the Refugee Convention (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: I can tell the hon. Gentleman that it will be a hell of a lot more than what will be returned under the Rwanda scheme. He knows that it is forecast that 23,000 people will seek to make that dangerous journey. The Rwanda scheme will not even scratch the surface. That is the reality. The only way to deal with this problem is through a proper removal agreement. Only the Labour party can reset...

Nationality and Borders Bill: Before Clause 11 - Compliance with the Refugee Convention (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: The hon. Gentleman will know that the Home Secretary’s top civil servant has said that the Rwanda scheme will not work as a deterrent and it delivers no value for money whatever for the British taxpayer. What matters is what works, and that scheme will not work.

Nationality and Borders Bill: Before Clause 11 - Compliance with the Refugee Convention (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: The hon. Gentleman has clearly not been paying attention. I set out Labour’s plan last week. I have just told him about the returns agreement and giving more resources to caseworkers and decision makers. If he would care to listen to the rest of my speech, he may not need to make another meaningless intervention. Fourthly, in respect of the Government failures that I touched on earlier, the...

Nationality and Borders Bill: Before Clause 11 - Compliance with the Refugee Convention (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. As we know, the Australia scheme ended up costing approximately £1 million per person. The Israel scheme on which the Rwanda scheme is based failed completely, with just about every single person who was sent to Rwanda leaving the country within days and many of them trying to come back to the place from which they were sent. It is an absolute farce.

Nationality and Borders Bill: Before Clause 11 - Compliance with the Refugee Convention (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: What I would contend—[Interruption.] I am going to tell him. What I would contend is that with the Rwanda plan the wheels are going to fall off the bus very soon, so we will not need to answer that question. It will completely fail. Rather than chasing headlines, the Minister should be doing the nitty-gritty work of negotiating a returns agreement, giving resources to caseworkers and...

Nationality and Borders Bill: Before Clause 11 - Compliance with the Refugee Convention (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: We have made it absolutely clear that the plan is going to fail, as the Home Office’s top civil servant said, so the question will not arise. We will not need to deal with it; the wheels will fall off the bus. We certainly would not be spending £120 million on a press release. The Rwanda offloading plan is not only a grotesquely expensive gimmick that is unlikely to deter people smugglers...

Nationality and Borders Bill: Before Clause 11 - Compliance with the Refugee Convention (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: Thank you for your wise counsel, Madam Deputy Speaker. I have already pointed to the work and refugee convention amendments, but we also need to address differential treatment. Lords amendments 6D, 6E and 6F provide that a person can be a tier 1 refugee if they have travelled briefly through countries on their way to the UK, as somebody from Kabul or Kyiv would have to, or if they have...

Nationality and Borders Bill: Before Clause 11 - Compliance with the Refugee Convention (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: Last week, the Home Secretary told the House that our asylum system is “broken”. Yesterday, her Minister, who is sitting before us today, again stated clearly that our asylum system is “broken”. We on the Labour Benches completely agree, but what Conservative Members seem to continually miss is the fact that the Conservative party has been in power for 12 years. The problem is that...

Nationality and Borders Bill: Before Clause 11 - Compliance with the Refugee Convention (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. It is in this context that we are supporting Lords amendment 7F today, which would give the 60,000 asylum seekers on waiting lists the right to work, to be reviewed after two years, thereby reducing the burden on the British taxpayer and boosting the Exchequer. Secondly, during his negotiations with the EU, the Prime Minister completely failed to replace the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Ukraine (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the average time between a successful visa application centre appointment for a Ukraine Family Scheme visa and the issuing of that visa.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Ukraine (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the average waiting time between a person submitting an application for a Ukraine Family Scheme visa and their appointment at a visa application centre.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Ukraine (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Ukrainians are currently waiting for a visa application centre appointment.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Ukraine (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Ukrainians had visa application appointments in the last seven days for which data is available.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Ukraine (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of Ukrainian refugees attending visa applications centres are (a) children and (b) adults.

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Temporary Accommodation (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers living in contingency accommodation are in placed each local authority.

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Temporary Accommodation (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of the asylum seekers in contingency accommodation are (a) single men, (b) single women, (c) accompanied children with parents or guardians and (d) unaccompanied minors.

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Temporary Accommodation (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers there are in in contingency accommodation across the UK.

Ukraine Update (25 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: The Secretary of State will have seen the recent Defence Committee report that was very critical of the Government’s decision to deploy the Royal Navy in basically taking over Border Force and dealing with the small boats issue. It defined that policy as “ill-defined” and “prematurely announced”. What assessment has he made of the risk that Operation Isotrope could lead to the...

Home Department: Illegal Immigration (25 Apr 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: The deeply misjudged Nationality and Borders Bill and the Rwanda offloading plan will not only make cracking down on criminal people traffickers much more difficult, but make the cost to the British taxpayer criminally expensive. The British people deserve to know how their taxes are being spent, not least because the failed Australian model ended up costing £1 million per refugee. I ask the...


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