Canlyniadau 181–200 o 4313 ar gyfer speaker:Sarah Teather

Gaza (Humanitarian Situation) ( 5 Chw 2014)

Sarah Teather: Along with a number of hon. Members present today, I visited Gaza last week, as is detailed in my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. On power supplies, is the right hon. Gentleman as worried as I am about the number of people who are affected by burns because of things that they are trying desperately to do to create their own generators in order to get around the lack...

Immigration Bill: Schedule 8 — transitional and consequential provision (30 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: I do not intend to make a speech, because I know that others wish to speak, but an issue that has not been mentioned at all today is health. The organisation Doctors of the World, whose clinic I visited last week, is very worried about the Bill’s impact on those who do not have residence status. Such people are often extremely vulnerable, and many have been trafficked.

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: I am trying to explain why I have tabled my amendments to the clause, as amendments 2 to 5 relate directly to clause 14, as do my other amendments. I cannot explain them without referring to clause 14 to clarify, I am afraid. A lot of people might be under a misapprehension, as regards the redrafting of what is in the public interest, that the measure will only apply to a very small group of...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: I think I probably do not share her utilitarian view of what the greater good is. I probably have a slightly different view about the common good and do not think that that includes causing serious or manifest or overwhelming harm to children. That is why the UK is a signatory to the UNCRC, and why we believe that the best interests of children should always take prime consideration and that...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: But is it the fault of their child? That is the point. The law allows us to weigh these tests up and it does not always say that if someone has a child there is not a case for deporting them, but it allows us to look at individual cases. The law must look at individual cases and not set hard and fast lines.

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: I absolutely agree with the hon. Lady. The law must have the flexibility to look at individual cases. If we draw bright lines in the sand, it becomes difficult for judges to take into account individual circumstances. Automatic deportation goes slightly wider than the issue of children. Further to the discussion on new clause 15, I want to raise a constituent case. A young man came here as an...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: That is exactly the point. The Bill effectively gives all immigration officers retrospective freedom against any Act that has previously come into force, any power that immigration officers have and any future power that they have to use force to do what they want to do. Given the problems that we have already seen in making sure that contractors and immigration officers follow best practice,...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: I do not have many other points to make. I want to make a point about amendment 1 that has not been made. There has been a great deal of guff about the Bill being focused on restricting the rights of appeal of people who do play by the rules. It is important to stress that the restrictions on appeal in the Bill are exactly for those who do play by the rules. They are for people who come here...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: I have a number of amendments in this string. I wish to speak to amendments 56 and 57, which relate to immigration detention. Amendments 2 to 5 and 58 are around the best interests of children. Amendment 61 is a sunset clause, which relates to legal aid. Amendment 60 relates to the use of force. I want to make a couple of remarks relating to Opposition amendment 1 and to speak against new...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. The detained fast-track scheme seems to be a process largely of detaining people for administrative ease, often for extended periods, despite its name. It is as if we file people until we want to move them somewhere else and they end up being treated like blocks of paper rather than individual human beings.

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: I absolutely agree with the hon. Lady. Of course, it is not effective in doing what we claim to be trying to deliver. The people detained over a long period of time are those whom we are least likely to be able to remove. Detention Action monitored long-term detainees and found that only a third were ultimately removed or deported. The longer somebody is in detention, the less likely they are...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: There is a particular difficulty with the speed at which we determine the age of young people at the moment and it varies significantly from one borough to another. I encourage the Home Office to work closely with local authorities to try to speed that process up. My point is that we have managed to do such a thing for families with children and a great deal of learning has happened in the...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: May I take up a point that I made to the Home Secretary earlier? As the hon. Gentleman knows, people are often trafficked, but the fact that they have been trafficked is not recognised immediately. Such people may have committed crimes while being trafficked, and may have served sentences of more than a year. It seems that, as a consequence of the restrictive nature of the new clause, we...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: What about other matters relating to the convention, such as the right to practise one’s religion and the right to a private life in relation to one’s sexuality? Is there not a possibility that people would be sent back to a country where they would be persecuted?

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: Has the shadow Minister noticed an anomaly that concerns me and on which I hope the Home Secretary can give some clarification? It appears that if someone applies for variation in leave, that leave is protected if their administrative review is pending, but not if they appeal.

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: Given the strong line the Home Secretary has taken on trafficking, how does she feel about the exclusion of article 4 of the European convention on human rights from the new clause?

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: Yesterday the House heard many noble speeches about our international obligations and humanitarian protection led by the Home Secretary. I was the first to congratulate her on that. Today, as the clause is drafted, she appears to be asking for a blank cheque to remove people’s rights to have rights. I wonder whether she can see the irony in that and whether our international leadership does...

Opposition Day — [19th Allotted Day] — UNHCR Syrian Refugees Programme (29 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: As I said during the statement, I am absolutely delighted that Britain is to take refugees for resettlement. I have a particular interest because I visited projects serving Syrian refugees in Jordan last November. They included projects inside Zaatari camp provided courtesy of the UNHCR by Doctors of the World, UNICEF and Save the Children, and outside the camp by the Jesuit Refugee Service....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Syrian Refugees (29 Ion 2014)

Sarah Teather: Having visited Jordan and seen the conditions in which Syrian refugees are living, I am absolutely delighted that the Home Secretary has made this statement—I hope that it gives her heart to think that doing the humane thing for refugees is often popular and not always unpopular. I am a little disappointed that we are not signed up to the UNHCR’s scheme, but so long as we are working hand...


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