Immigration: Windrush Generation

Home Office written question – answered on 5th September 2018.

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Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Chair, Human Rights (Joint Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any compensation has been paid to members of the Windrush Generation who were wrongly detained; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Chair, Human Rights (Joint Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has asked any members of the Windrush Generation to sign a non-disclosure agreement; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

We are currently carrying out a public consultation on the Windrush Compensation Scheme. Details of the consultation, including how to respond, are available at www.gov.uk/Windrush

We will be ensuring there is transparency over the Windrush Compensation Scheme. No one applying to the Scheme will be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

We have identified one private law claim, which had not been considered at Ministerial level, for compensation of unlawful detention, pre-dating the Windrush Compensation Scheme, involving a member of the Windrush generation, where an NDA was signed. This is not untypical of litigation cases; for many years, and under successive governments, such clauses have been used from time to time in a wide range of litigation and the terms of such settlements are reached on the basis of agreement between the parties.

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