Canlyniadau 141–160 o 1386 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Murray of Blidworth

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Ministers of Religion (18 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: As stated in my previous response, for national security reasons it would not be appropriate to disclose the criteria by which high risk individuals are identified or the basis of any review of these criteria.

Climate Change: Migration - Question for Short Debate (14 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: My Lords, I am very grateful to all noble Lords for their contributions and add my congratulations to the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, on securing this important debate. As the noble Lord, Lord Purvis, said, this debate is reminiscent of certain debates that we had during the passage of the Illegal Migration Act—in particular that of the most reverend Primate’s amendments...

Written Answers — Home Office: Kent Intake Unit: Paintings (14 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: We provide high-quality facilities to minors upon immediate arrival in the UK at Kent Intake Unit and all their needs are provided for. The unit works closely with Kent Children’s Services to ensure the unaccompanied children are processed and placed into appropriate care as quickly as possible. We continue to prioritise work with local authorities (LA), and Kent County Council, to ensure...

Asylum Seekers: Channel Crossings - Question ( 7 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: My Lords, our published data shows that, so far, a total of 7,349 people made asylum claims in the United Kingdom from 1 January to 30 June 2023, having made a dangerous, illegal and unnecessary crossing of the channel by small boat. The figure for the same period in 2022 is 12,374. This represents a decline of 41%.

Asylum Seekers: Channel Crossings - Question ( 7 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: On the three points the noble Lord raises, first, I do not accept that the decline is entirely down to the weather. One will have seen that, even in the comparator week of 2022 to this week of September, small boat arrivals are very significantly down, by a sum in the region of 20%. As to his second point, on returns, there is very good news to tell. So efficient now are our returns of...

Asylum Seekers: Channel Crossings - Question ( 7 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: They arrive usually on visas, such as student or work visas, or they overstay on other types of visas.

Asylum Seekers: Channel Crossings - Question ( 7 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: The journeys are unnecessary, and I stand by that. If they are leaving from France or Belgium, they are in a safe country—a signatory of the refugee convention. They can make their refugee asylum claims in those countries. The journey across the channel is dangerous and illegal and they should not do it; it is unnecessary.

Asylum Seekers: Channel Crossings - Question ( 7 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: The House will recall that yesterday evening and yesterday morning we canvassed these topics previously. I can reassure the noble Baroness that the House is considering the judgment of Mr Justice Chamberlain in that case, and steps are being taken to ensure that the national transfer scheme operates efficiently. As the noble Baroness will appreciate, once the Illegal Migration Act 2023 is in...

Asylum Seekers: Channel Crossings - Question ( 7 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: As I say, the history of effecting returns has been difficult hitherto, as it was under the previous Labour Administration. However, I am glad to say that returns are now being effected very successfully to those countries with which we have an agreement, such as Albania, as identified by the noble Lord. Further work will be done in relation to that. Of course, once we have the outcome of the...

Asylum Seekers: Channel Crossings - Question ( 7 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: I have no doubt that the Home Office will provide statistics, as it does at the moment, on a regular basis. As to the indication of when the provisions of the Illegal Migration Act in relation to transfer come into force, that depends on a number of variables, not least the position in relation to the litigation. However, I am sure that I will be able to revert to the House in due course with...

Asylum Seekers: Channel Crossings - Question ( 7 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: Of asylum claims made in the 12-month period ending June 2023, 46% were made by those who were entering illegally via a small boat. The remainder were made up of other types of illegal entry—for example, in a lorry, or those who have come to Britain by a lawful route with their tourist, work or study visa and then claimed asylum when they were here, or overstayed a visa when they were here...

Asylum Seekers: Channel Crossings - Question ( 7 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: I agree with much of what the noble Lord says. Clearly, disruption upstream of the criminal gangs is really important. Minister Jenrick visited Turkey in the last few weeks and the Turks have agreed, with the UK Government, to facilitate work to disrupt the criminal gangs. I understand that a lot of the boats are made in Turkey and a lot of the parts come through there, so that will be a...

Illegal Migration Update - Statement ( 6 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: My noble friend makes an important point. It is right that Home Office officials and National Crime Agency officers are working closely with the French to try to disrupt the supply of small boats. We now have many of the boats used in the crossings which have been confiscated following the journeys across the channel. By and large, they are not ones which are sold on the French market; most...

Illegal Migration Update - Statement ( 6 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: Clearly, the Home Office has the judgment of Mr Justice Chamberlain in the decision of which the noble Baroness speaks. The High Court found that Kent County Council was in breach of its obligations under the Children Act in relation to housing these children. It found that the contingency use of Home Office hotels was acceptable for short periods in an emergency where the facilities of Kent...

Illegal Migration Update - Statement ( 6 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: I can confirm for the noble Baroness that we will certainly commence the Act. She will be happy, I am sure, to see statutory instruments commencing various provisions very shortly.

Illegal Migration Update - Statement ( 6 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: I will deal first with the question about lawyers. I can confirm to the noble Baroness that the purpose of the Professional Enablers Taskforce is to bring together regulatory bodies, law enforcement teams and government departments to exchange information thus to investigate, disrupt and increase enforcement action against those lawyers who help illegal migrants exploit the immigration...

Illegal Migration Update - Statement ( 6 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: I can assure my noble friend that we are certainly not engaging in an amnesty. Of course, that is what the previous Labour Government did in relation to bringing down the backlog, and it would be incredibly damaging to deterring false asylum claims if one were to go down that line. Every asylum claim is considered properly and fully against the acceptable standards. I can put my noble...

Illegal Migration Update - Statement ( 6 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: Clearly, safeguarding is a significant consideration. The Kent Intake Unit, where unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are initially triaged, is certainly somewhere where safeguarding concerns are taken very seriously. The staff there pay very close attention to ensuring the best possible care for the children who pass through the centre. Careful consideration is given in the cases of very...

Illegal Migration Update - Statement ( 6 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: I thank the noble Lord for that question. The Professional Enablers Taskforce will perform the important function of ensuring that information is shared between the Home Office—of course, it has access to the documents relating to the various cases and could arguably provide witnesses in relation to them—the regulatory bodies of the various lawyers concerned, the police and the...

Illegal Migration Update - Statement ( 6 Med 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: As I have already made clear, the categories of data held by the Home Office are held in accordance with the practices that are deployed in the triaging of the various UASC who come through the Kent intake unit. Some data is held, and obviously some of that is protected because it is personal data. It will not surprise the noble Lord to learn that there is a vast amount of data which is held,...


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