Canlyniadau 1–20 o 2310 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Sharpe of Epsom

Upcoming Business – Lords: Grand Committee ()

Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) (Amendment) Order 2024 – Lord Sharpe of Epsom. Orders and regulations

Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber ()

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules - debate on a motion to regret – Lord Sharpe of Epsom – Lord Oates. Debate

Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments: Motion on Amendment 1 (23 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who were involved in the passage of the Bill. I restate my thanks to the intelligence agencies and law enforcement for their contributions to the Bill and of course for the work they do every day to keep this country safe. I have to say to the noble Lord, Lord Coaker, that I genuinely thought that I had got away with being the Prime Minister’s diary...

Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments: Motion on Amendment 1 (23 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I will also speak to Amendments 2 to 17. The Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill has returned to us in good shape thanks, in great part, to the expert input of noble Lords when we first considered the Bill. The Government have therefore made only a small number of amendments to the Bill in the other place, which we will consider today. Clause 11...

Care Worker Visa Regime - Question (23 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, the Government introduced changes to the visa requirements for how carers can be recruited to the UK on 11 March. The Home Office worked with the Department of Health and Social Care to implement these measures. We will continue to keep all visa routes under review, and will consider changes where appropriate.

Care Worker Visa Regime - Question (23 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The Home Office seemed to bear the brunt of the noble Baroness’s accusations, but this was a cross-government exercise, involving the Department of Health, the Treasury, No. 10, the Cabinet Office and other departments. The fact is that the most recent published statistics, relating to the year ending December 2023, show that we have issued more than 146,000 health and care worker visas....

Care Worker Visa Regime - Question (23 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The noble Lord is right; there has been some abuse of the system, which is readily acknowledged by the sector itself. I noticed that the Skills for Care website points out that this system has been open to abuse in the past, and it provides some helpful links to some of the stories about modern slavery. Of course, the Government will not tolerate illegal activity in the labour market in...

Care Worker Visa Regime - Question (23 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The noble Baroness makes a very good point about activities that have taken place in some other countries. Our abilities to influence those are somewhat constrained. I do not know how the Care Quality Commission goes about licensing. I will find out and report back to her on that. I repeat my previous answer: we will of course go after all those who are engaged in fraudulent practices.

Care Worker Visa Regime - Question (23 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I am afraid I cannot comment on the number of inspectors because I genuinely do not know the answer to how many there are, but I take the noble Baroness’s points. I reiterate that we will go after people who are abusing the visas and the individuals. We should remember that the employers also need to be supported to recruit staff from abroad in a way that meets the needs of those people....

Care Worker Visa Regime - Question (23 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I very much agree with the noble Lord that the care workers themselves need all our support and, indeed, our praise for the very important and necessary work they all do. Of course, care workers are not subject to the same salary cap as other workers, so applicants to the health and care visa are exempted from the new £38,700 salary threshold. They must be paid at least £23,200 per annum,...

Care Worker Visa Regime - Question (23 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I agree with my noble friend on that. We remain committed to developing the domestic workforce. We are doing that by investing in retention—there is a high churn rate in this sector, as is well understood—through better workforce training, recognition and career progression. A new career structure is being launched for care workers so that all staff can build their careers and more...

Care Worker Visa Regime - Question (23 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The noble Lord develops on a theme explored earlier, in a question I could not entirely answer. I will come back to him with a better answer in due course.

Care Worker Visa Regime - Question (23 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I did not embed anything; I was just restating a fact. Whether or not I think it is the right number for the sort of work that is done, obviously there is considerable variety in the type of care that is given. I do not think it would be appropriate to comment on the number in its totality.

Care Worker Visa Regime - Question (23 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The noble Baroness asks me about the care sector in general; I am obviously here to talk about visas. What I will say about visas is that the Government have in fact clamped down on the abuse of the visa system and once again are endeavouring to protect the integrity of our borders; I am sure the noble Baroness would welcome that.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Commons Reason: Motion A (22 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, this Bill has now been scrutinised a number of times. The Government have rejected this amendment several times, so we must now accept the will of the elected House, bring the debate on this last amendment to an end and get this Bill on to the statute book. Having now debated this issue on so many occasions, I will not repeat the same arguments but reiterate a few key points. The...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Commons Reason: Motion A (22 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, this Bill has now been scrutinised a number of times. The Government have rejected this amendment several times, so we must now accept the will of the elected House, bring the debate on this last amendment to an end and get this Bill on to the statute book. Having now debated this issue on so many occasions, I will not repeat the same arguments but reiterate a few key points. The...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Commons Reasons: Motion B (22 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, I have already spoken to Motion B. I beg to move. Motion B agreed.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Commons Reasons: Motion B (22 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, I have already spoken to Motion B. I beg to move. Motion B agreed.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Commons Reasons: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (22 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, as ever, I thank all noble Lords who have contributed to this relatively short debate. I will deal with the points in the order in which they were made, starting with the noble Lord, Lord Anderson, with whom I am afraid I am going to have to respectfully disagree. I do not believe that we have debased our principles; I believe that we have upheld them. We have upheld the principle...


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