Canlyniadau 141–160 o 2451 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Sharpe of Epsom

Family Reunion Visas: Gaza - Question (24 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The Ukraine family scheme was a temporary visa approach rather than a refugee scheme. It is not a route to permanent resettlement; it formed part of the response that we made with other countries to the Russian Government’s unprovoked war against Ukraine. The Ukraine family scheme was developed in close consultation with the Government of Ukraine, who have been very clear that they would...

Family Reunion Visas: Gaza - Question (24 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I am afraid that I am not terribly familiar with the internet in Gaza.

Family Reunion Visas: Gaza - Question (24 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I might dispute the noble Lord’s premise there: I am not sure that I would characterise it as an occupying power. I reiterate what I said earlier: British nationals and those family members can obviously apply using normal routes.

Family Reunion Visas: Gaza - Question (24 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I am afraid that I really do not have those statistics at hand, but I shall see if they exist.

Family Reunion Visas: Gaza - Question (24 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I take the noble Baroness’s point—but, as I say, we keep all existing pathways in response to events under review.

Family Reunion Visas: Gaza - Question (24 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The noble Lord asks an important question. The judgment was handed down a couple of weeks ago; obviously, we have received the outcome and officials will provide advice very shortly to Ministers on how it will impact ongoing and future operations.

Family Reunion Visas: Gaza - Question (24 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: If I spoke incorrectly, of course I correct it. I have not read the FCDO advice, but if that is what it says, then I correct the record.

Family Reunion Visas: Gaza - Question (24 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: It very much depends on the circumstances and other factors. For example, there were separate arrangements made after earthquakes in places like Turkey and Syria.

Family Reunion Visas: Gaza - Question (24 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: This country is actually very generous: between 2015 and 2023, some 53,574 family reunion visas were granted to family members. We are the third most generous country in Europe, after Germany and Sweden. I do not really know what this Question has to do with universities.

Family Reunion Visas: Gaza - Question (24 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I disagree. How am I supposed to know how the internet runs in Gaza? It was not a flippant answer; it is factual.

Family Reunion Visas: Gaza - Question (24 Ebr 2024)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I absolutely take the noble Lord’s point, and we keep all systems and processes under review.

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...


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