Slavery: Victims

Home Office written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what number and proportion of people who received (a) negative reasonable grounds decisions and (b) negative conclusive grounds decisions under the National Referral Mechanism for potential victims of human trafficking (i) appealed or had those decisions reconsidered and (ii) were subsequently given positive decisions in the most recent period for which information is available.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The National Crime Agency publishes statistics on referrals into the National Referral Mechanism on a quarterly basis. These reports are available via the following links:

http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/publications/national-referral-mechanism-statistics

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2017-uk-annual-report-on-modern-slavery

Requests for reconsideration of negative conclusive grounds decisions can be made in line with the published policy which is available via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/victims-of-trafficking-guidance-for-competent-bodies

The specific information you have requested is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. This is because a manual search through individual records would be required to identify requests for reconsideration that were rejected because they were not in line with policy or those that were refused due to insufficient grounds for reconsideration. In addition, it is not possible to distinguish solely from database records whether a reconsideration case type was the result of a reconsideration request as defined in the published policy, the result of litigation or the result of the reconsideration of a suspended case.

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