Canlyniadau 121–140 o 1386 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Murray of Blidworth

Migrants: Barges - Question (20 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: I have a certain sympathy for the noble Lord’s point. I can reassure him that the use of barges to house asylum seekers is done routinely by our friends in Europe. The German Government housed asylum seekers on this very barge between 1995 and 1998. The Dutch and Belgian Governments have equally done so. The standard of accommodation is high. The noble Lord will recall that the Scottish...

Migrants: Barges - Question (20 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: I can reassure the noble Baroness that the correct due diligence and financial assessments are carried out and reviewed regularly to ensure that all vessels progressed for asylum accommodation provide value for money to the taxpayer. There is, of course, an intangible benefit, which is that by emptying the hotels we return them to their proper use for the benefit of the communities where they...

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Graduates (19 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: Using the data from the published migration statistics for the year ending June 2023, the number of individuals granted an entry visa to the UK in the 2022–23 financial year under the High Potential Individual route is 1851. We are unable to provide the information requested regarding the number of individuals holding a PhD or equivalent qualification or other postgraduate qualifications,...

Written Answers — Home Office: Undocumented Migrants: English Channel (19 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: I refer the Noble Lord to the answer provided to PQ HL7826 on 23/05/23.

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum and Visas: China (19 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: The Home Office publishes data on asylum in the ‘Immigration System Statistics Quarterly Release’. Data on initial decisions made on asylum applications, including grants of refugee permission and humanitarian protection by nationality, can be found in table Asy_D02 of the ‘asylum and resettlement detailed datasets’. Information on how to use the datasets can be found in the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Islamic Human Rights Commission (18 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: The Islamic Human Rights Commission Ltd is currently registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). The OISC keeps in close contact with the organisation and audits it regularly. Organisations seeking regulation by the Commissioner are required to abide by the OISC's Guidance on Fitness (Owners). The criteria for assessing fitness include the likelihood of...

Written Answers — Home Office: Migrant Workers: Hospitality Industry (18 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) considered 5 hospitality occupations in its spring review but did not recommend any be added to the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) at that time. There are currently no hospitality jobs on the SOL. Jobs on the SOL get some benefits, principally the ability to recruit with reduced salary and reduced fees for applicants. However, there are no plans to...

Written Answers — Home Office: Migrant Workers: Visas (18 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: The requirement to speak English is a core principle of the points-based immigration system – including for occupations on the Shortage Occupation List. All successful applicants for the Skilled Worker visa will have demonstrated they can read, write, speak, and understand English to at least level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. Further...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Boats (18 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: In the Netherlands and Belgium, the authorities have delivered accommodation for asylum seekers on vessels in a safe and secure manner. The Scottish Government have successfully done so for Ukrainian refugees. The welfare of those in our care is of the utmost priority. The Bibby Stockholm successfully completed all fire and safety checks ahead the first individuals boarding. The vessel...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Children (18 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: Hotel accommodation is a temporary means to accommodate the increased number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) arriving and is only ever a contingency option, not a long-term solution. The high number of UASC arrivals, particularly as a result of small boat crossings, has placed unprecedented pressure on the National Transfer Scheme. Out of necessity we accommodated UASC on an...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Temporary Accommodation (18 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: If parliamentarians wish to visit a facility they should make a request through the normal Home Office channels. Vessels have been used in Germany, Belgium and Scotland.

Written Answers — Home Office: Ports: Import Controls (18 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: Border Force is committed to enforcing customs controls on goods from the EU and to detecting those who would attempt to evade controls. Border Force deploys to risk using tested, but continually assessed, intelligence and targeting techniques. Border Force does not publish information relating to the number of physical checks carried out. Doing so would publicise operational practices which...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Diplomatic Service (18 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: The Government provides consular assistance to British nationals travelling or living abroad. We may also help Commonwealth nationals in non-Commonwealth countries where they do not have any diplomatic or consular representation. We cannot help other nationalities, even if they live in the UK or have close connections to the UK.

Written Answers — Home Office: Illegal Migration Act 2023 (18 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: The Illegal Migration Act received Royal Assent on 20 July 2023. The bans on re-entry, settlement or citizenship to people who come to the UK illegally came into force from Royal Assent. As is standard practice for any legislation, commencement of wider measures in the Act will take place over the coming months.

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Finance (18 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: Arrangements are already in place to ensure destitute asylum seekers can buy goods that they require to meet their essential living needs. Asylum seekers who are assessed as destitute under Section 95 are provided with a weekly allowance which is loaded on to a debit card (ASPEN card). ASPEN cards can be used to pay for retail transactions at most shops displaying the Mastercard logo, up to...

Written Answers — Home Office: Slavery (18 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: “The Government assessed the Impact of Section 63 of the Nationality and Borders Bill (now Act) prior to Royal Assent and will continue to assess its impact going forward. The published Impact Assessments for the Nationality and Borders Bill, including the impact of Section 63, can be found here: Equalities Impact Assessment: Nationality and Borders Bill: Equality Impact Assessment...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Rwanda (18 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: The UK has provided Rwanda with an initial investment of £120m into its economic development and growth as part of the Economic Transformation and Integration Fund (ETIF). Investment has been focused in areas such as education, healthcare, agriculture, infrastructure, and job creation. A separate advance payment of £20m was also paid last year to support initial set up costs for the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Children (18 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: We take the safety and welfare of those in our care, including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, extremely seriously. We have robust safeguarding procedures in place to ensure all young people in hotels are safe and supported as we seek urgent placements with a local authority. No individuals, apart from the unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, are residing at any of the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Boats (18 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: The Bibby Stockholm will provide non-detained accommodation for single adult male asylum seekers aged 18 to 65 who would otherwise be destitute. No families will be housed aboard. The cohort of single adult males has been agreed with local authorities and health partners to mitigate the burden on local public services, for example local schools and health services.

Written Answers — Home Office: Passports: Children (18 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: HM Passport Office is unable to provide the information requested as it is not held in a reportable format.


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