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Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th December 2014.

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Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Conservative, North East Cambridgeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department has supplied to the British embassy in Moscow to enable people involved in the (a) arrest, torture and death of Sergei Magnitsky and (b) fraud he uncovered to be identified when visa applications are assessed.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The Home Office works closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and other government departments to identify individuals whose presence in the UK would not be conducive to the public good, including on the basis of human rights abuses. Details of individuals who are banned from entering the UK are included on the UK watch list which means that Entry Clearance Officers and Border Force officials are able to refuse visas or deny entry. It is Government policy not to discuss specific information held on watch lists as to do so would not be in the interests of border and national security.

The FCO cooperates with the Home Office on the availability of independent, reliable and credible evidence that an individual has committed human rights abuses. Where our Posts abroad have identified individuals that should be refused entry to the UK on the basis of human rights abuses they will refer such cases to the Home Office for consideration.

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