Home Office

The first duty of the government is to keep citizens safe and the country secure. The Home Office has been at the front line of this endeavour since 1782. As such, the Home Office plays a fundamental role in the security and economic prosperity of the United Kingdom.



Secretary of State

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Priti Patel
Home Secretary

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Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)

Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Stephen Kinnock (LAB - Aberavon)
Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)
Sarah Jones (LAB - Croydon Central)
Shadow Minister (Home Office)
Holly Lynch (LAB - Halifax)
Shadow Minister (Home Office)
Jess Phillips (LAB - Birmingham, Yardley)
Shadow Minister (Home Office)
Naz Shah (LAB - Bradford West)
Shadow Minister (Home Office)
Ministers of State
Lord Greenhalgh (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Home Office)
Lord Harrington of Watford (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Home Office)
Damian Hinds (CON - East Hampshire)
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
Baroness Williams of Trafford (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Home Office)
Kit Malthouse (CON - North West Hampshire)
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Kevin Foster (CON - Torbay)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
Rachel Maclean (CON - Redditch)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
Scheduled Event
Monday 23rd May 2022
Home Office
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Passport (Fees) Regulations 2022
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Scheduled Event
Wednesday 25th May 2022
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Home Affairs Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
25 May 2022, 9:30 a.m.
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Scheduled Event
Thursday 26th May 2022
11:30
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Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
26 May 2022, 11:30 a.m.
The draft Passport (Fees) Regulations 2022
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Scheduled Event
Monday 20th June 2022
14:30
Home Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
20 Jun 2022, 2:30 p.m.
Home Office (including Topical Questions)
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Debates
Wednesday 18th May 2022
Select Committee Docs
Wednesday 18th May 2022
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Select Committee Inquiry
Friday 4th March 2022
Home Office policy on Ukrainian refugees

The Committee is taking oral evidence on Home Office policy towards refugees from Ukraine.

Written Answers
Thursday 19th May 2022
Asylum: Rwanda
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the cost of …
Secondary Legislation
Wednesday 18th May 2022
Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022
These Regulations are made under article 24(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (“the Fire Safety Order”), which …
Bills
Wednesday 11th May 2022
Public Order Bill 2022-23
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Dept. Publications
Thursday 19th May 2022
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Treaty
Wednesday 20th January 2021

Home Office Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Apr. 25
Oral Questions
Apr. 20
Westminster Hall
Mar. 14
Adjournment Debate
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Bills currently before Parliament

Introduced: 11th May 2022

Make provision for new offences relating to public order; to make provision about stop and search powers; to make provision about the delegation of police functions relating to public order; to make provision about serious disruption prevention orders; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 11th May 2022
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Monday 23rd May 2022
Introduced: 11th May 2022

Make provision about threats to national security from espionage, sabotage and persons acting for foreign powers; about the extra-territorial application of Part 2 of the Serious Crime Act 2007; about the award of damages in proceedings relating to national security and the payment of damages at risk of being used for the purposes of terrorism; about the availability of legal aid to persons connected with terrorism; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 11th May 2022

Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament

Introduced: 6th July 2021

Make provision about nationality, asylum and immigration; to make provision about victims of slavery or human trafficking; to provide a power for Tribunals to charge participants where their behaviour has wasted the Tribunal’s resources; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 28th April 2022 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 1st March 2022

A Bill to Set up a register of overseas entities and their beneficial owners and require overseas entities who own land to register in certain circumstances; to make provision about unexplained wealth orders; and to make provision about sanctions.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Monday 14th March 2022 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 3rd March 2020

To make provision in relation to domestic abuse; to make provision for and in connection with the establishment of a Domestic Abuse Commissioner; to prohibit cross-examination in person in family proceedings in certain circumstances; to make provision about certain violent or sexual offences, and offences involving other abusive behaviour, committed outside the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 19th March 2020

A Bill to make provision about the application of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 where a building contains two or more sets of domestic premises; and to confer power to amend that order in future for the purposes of changing the premises to which it applies.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 24th September 2020

A Bill to make provision for, and in connection with, the authorisation of criminal conduct in the course of, or otherwise in connection with, the conduct of covert human intelligence sources.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Monday 1st March 2021 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 5th March 2020

A Bill to make provision to end rights to free movement of persons under retained EU law and to repeal other retained EU law relating to immigration; to confer power to modify retained direct EU legislation relating to social security co-ordination; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Wednesday 11th November 2020 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 7th January 2020

A bill to create a power of arrest, without warrant, for the purpose of extraditing people for serious offences

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 22nd October 2020 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 8th January 2020

To provide for the payment out of money provided by Parliament of expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State or a government department under, or in connection with, the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Monday 8th June 2020 and was enacted into law.

Home Office - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations are made under article 24(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (“the Fire Safety Order”), which enables the making of regulations regarding precautions to be taken or observed in relation to the risk to safety of persons from fire in premises to which that Order applies.
This Order amends the Immigration (Passenger Transit Visa) Order 2014 (S.I. 2014/2702) which requires certain passengers to hold a transit visa to pass through the United Kingdom without entering whilst transiting to another country.
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Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

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The right to peaceful assembly and protest are fundamental principles of any democracy and the proposed part of this bill that gives the police new powers to tackle disruptive peaceful protests should be removed from The Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

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Join other nations in providing a route to safety for refugees. Waive all visa requirements for Ukrainian passport holders arriving in the UK.

The Government is refusing to release official research on the characteristics of grooming gangs, claiming it is not in the “public interest”.

We, the British public, demand the release of the official research on grooming gangs undertaken by the Government in full.

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Departmental Select Committee

Home Affairs Committee

Commons Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


12 Members of the Home Affairs Committee
Diana Johnson Portrait
Diana Johnson (Labour - Kingston upon Hull North)
Home Affairs Committee Chair since 15th December 2021
Tim Loughton Portrait
Tim Loughton (Conservative - East Worthing and Shoreham)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Adam Holloway Portrait
Adam Holloway (Conservative - Gravesham)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Simon Fell Portrait
Simon Fell (Conservative - Barrow and Furness)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Diana Johnson Portrait
Diana Johnson (Labour - Kingston upon Hull North)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 11th May 2020
Diane Abbott Portrait
Diane Abbott (Labour - Hackney North and Stoke Newington)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 11th May 2020
Gary Sambrook Portrait
Gary Sambrook (Conservative - Birmingham, Northfield)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 2nd November 2021
Paula Barker Portrait
Paula Barker (Labour - Liverpool, Wavertree)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 8th February 2022
Carolyn Harris Portrait
Carolyn Harris (Labour - Swansea East)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 7th March 2022
Matt Vickers Portrait
Matt Vickers (Conservative - Stockton South)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 15th March 2022
Lee Anderson Portrait
Lee Anderson (Conservative - Ashfield)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 15th March 2022
Home Affairs Committee: Upcoming Events
Home Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
Drugs
25 May 2022, 9:30 a.m.
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50 most recent Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department

11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many appointments have been made available each week between February and May 2022 by Her Majesty's Passport Office for (a) fast track and (b) premium services to renew a British passport.

Historic information about the number of appointments made available by Her Majesty’s Passport Office for its urgent services is not held. However, all appointments are made available to be booked from GOV.UK. The table below shows the number of urgent service appointments booked each week between the weeks ending 6 February and 8 May 2022:

Appointments

Service Level

Week Ending

Digital Premium

Fast Track

Grand Total

06/02/2022

3,232

7,691

10,923

13/02/2022

3,343

8,481

11,824

20/02/2022

3,243

8,006

11,249

27/02/2022

3,302

8,238

11,540

06/03/2022

3,661

8,344

12,005

13/03/2022

3,574

8,965

12,539

20/03/2022

4,069

10,535

14,604

27/03/2022

4,451

11,984

16,435

03/04/2022

4,581

13,167

17,748

10/04/2022

4,588

12,473

17,061

17/04/2022

3,652

10,900

14,552

24/04/2022

3,235

9,391

12,626

01/05/2022

4,303

11,968

16,271

08/05/2022

3,834

11,711

15,545

Grand Total

53,068

141,854

194,922

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department taken to prepare for the transition from the Biometric Residence Permit after December 2024.

We are developing a border and immigration system which is “digital-by-default”, which over time means we will increasingly replace physical and paper-based products and services such as biometric residence permits (BRPs) with accessible, easy to use online and digital services.

We have been rolling out eVisas since 2018, first with the EU Settlement Scheme and increasingly on other immigration routes, so the number of eVisa holders is continuing to rise.

We have also put in place the infrastructure to allow immigration status to be checked digitally, with simple online services for employers, landlords and other third parties, and system to system services which enable other Government departments and public authorities to access immigration status information automatically, without the individual having to share their status information. Such services currently include the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and NHS England and Wales, and we will continue to develop further services during 2022 and 2023.

The incremental rollout of eVisas has allowed us to improve our services based on user feedback and we continue to work to make our services as accessible as possible. We have also put in place support for those who experience issues or struggle to use digital services. The dedicated UKVI Resolution Centre (RC) can assist individuals to access their eVisa and use online services.

We are encouraging legacy immigration document holders to upgrade to a secure modern document. Since 6 April 2022, it has been free for those with indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK to make an No Time Limit (NTL) application, which will provide them a BRP as a step towards moving to digital.

We will also develop an account registration service, allowing those who currently hold a BRP but no eVisa to register for an account and receive an eVisa, in advance of their BRP expiring. More guidance on this process and what action BRP holders need to take will be made available on gov.uk in due course.

We are planning further communications activity aimed at BRP holders and checkers, to tell them what they will need to do as we move to a digital by default in-country immigration system by the end of 2024. We will also endeavour to reach vulnerable citizens who are less digitally confident through collaboration with other Government departments and stakeholders.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
17th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, what the average waiting time is between an applicant's visa receiving approval and that applicant receiving their permission to travel document.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
17th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the target set by Lord Harrington of Watford that all Homes for Ukraine Scheme visas will be processed within 48 hours, how many applications her Department approved within that timeframe during the week commencing 9 to 16 May 2022.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
17th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Ukrainian applications to the Homes for Ukraine Schemes received in April 2022 remain outstanding.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the customer satisfaction rating was at HM Passport Office for the latest period for which that rating was measured.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to reduce delays in issuing new or renewed passports.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the quantity and quality of the (a) shoes, (b) underwear, (c) toiletries and (d) other essential basics provided to asylum seekers arriving in the UK in the welcome packs issued by initial accommodation providers; and what steps the Government is taking to ensure that basic standards of dignity are met.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to review the minimum standards of welcome packs provided to asylum seekers.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been resettled in the UK under the Afghan citizens resettlement scheme; and what proportion (a) were already in the UK, (b) arrived from Afghanistan and (c) arrived from third countries.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) referred to the Afghan citizens resettlement scheme and (b) granted indefinite leave to remain since the launch of that scheme.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the time limit is on validity for entry into the UK on a visa issued under the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has received representations on amending time limits to validity for entry on a visa issued under the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the estimated timeframe for passport renewals will be reduced to a three week turnaround.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to her Department was by bringing agency staff in to clear backlogs at HM Passport Office.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passport applicants have used the fast-track service for applications in each of the last six months; and if she will make an assessment of the expected number of users in each of the next six months.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) performance targets and (b) other expectations her Department has set for Teleperformance in respect of the passport advice line; and within what timeframe those are to be met.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many calls the passport advice line has received in each month of the last three years.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total number of staff employed by the Passport Adviceline in each month of the last three years.

Below is the average FTE on the HMPO Account each month from April 2019.

Average FTE

April 2019

240.10

May 2019

247.10

June 2019

254.70

July 2019

244.97

August 2019

195.39

September2019

159.94

October 2019

141.78

November2019

133.00

December 2019

142.05

January 2020

172.75

February 2020

221.16

March 2020

205.79

April 2020

119.18

May 2020

104.45

June 2020

140.65

July 2020

220.68

August 2020

258.13

September2020

192.41

October 2020

161.97

November2020

136.39

December 2020

170.07

January 2021

230.98

February 2021

152.84

March 2021

133.24

April 2021

130.35

May 2021

128.42

June 2021

165.40

July 2021

171.38

August 2021

187.66

September2021

215.85

October 2021

223.58

November2021

470.74

December 2021

805.90

January 2022

1037.66

February 2022

1144.29

March 2022

1020.38

April 2022

1007.82

May 2022

1358.69

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assistance her Department provides to people seeking a fast track passport appointment but who are unable to book a slot.

Appointments for urgent services are released three weeks in advance. While this means new appointments are released on a daily basis at each of the seven public counters, in busy periods these will be booked quickly.

Her Majesty’s Passport Office therefore continues to explore options to increase appointment capacity to further support its customers with urgent travel needs.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to help increase the proportion of people who commit burglaries in rural parts of England being identified.

This Government recognises the devastating impact burglary has on communities and businesses. That is why we are recruiting 20,000 extra police officers and why we have introduced the Safer Streets Fund - which encompasses rural locations - to prevent these crimes from happening in the first place, supporting the deployment of solutions such as home security, increased street lighting and CCTV in high crime areas.

We have also taken measures to tackle reoffending, including the scheme electronically to monitor burglars and other neighbourhood crime offenders released on licence, and work driven by the Residential Burglary Taskforce includes encouraging forces to learn from each other and share best practice about effective investigations.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will consider increasing the number of caseworker staff the UKVI has redeployed to process Ukrainian visa applications.

We are committed to ensuring our operational teams have the resources they need to run an efficient and effective system, and we actively monitor workflows to ensure sufficient resources are in place to meet demand.


Over 500 staff are supporting our Ukrainian work. Improvements including a simplified application form and casework system enhancements have sped up decision-making and improved the system, while ensuring vital security checks are carried out.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the number of UK residents who applied to host Ukrainian refugees under the family visa route and the Homes for Ukraine Scheme; and if duplicate visas have bene issued.

Applicants are encouraged to apply under the scheme that matches their circumstances.

If an application under one scheme is not granted, an application under the alternative scheme may be considered, or a re-application under the same scheme. An application to the Homes For Ukraine scheme cannot be made by an individual who is already in the UK and so a person in the UK cannot switch between the different schemes.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential impact on residents of using town centre buildings to house asylum seekers.

When procuring accommodation, our accommodation providers will consult on each new property to be procured, this provides Local Authorities with an opportunity to set out concerns about the impact on local services, regeneration schemes and anti-social behaviour.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what comparative assessment she has made of the efficiency of each HM Passport Office branch for processing passport applications and renewals; and what steps her Department is taking to improve efficiency in branches that are comparatively less efficient.

Due to differences in some of the work undertaken at individual passport offices, such as more complex international work, productivity will vary at a local level. However, Her Majesty’s Passport Office has a range of tried and tested arrangements in place to monitor performance at local and national level, which helps to ensure that there is no disparity in the handling of like-for-like cases across each site.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure travel permission permits for Ukraine citizens are issued prior to the issuing of visas.

The process for issuing visas and permission to travel letters is different and distinct.

A visa is issued after the applicant has applied online and gone to their local visa application centre to submit their biometrics.

Permission to travel letters are issued for applicants who have a valid Ukrainian passport who can apply online to come to the UK from wherever they are and they then give their biometrics once in Britain.

Both visas and permissions to travel letter cannot be issued until after a decision has been made on a customer's application.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time is for telephone calls made from 1 May 2022 to the dedicated advice line for hon. Members for UK Visas & Immigration.

We recognise that during peak periods waiting times can be considerably longer than that. This is due to an increase in call demand since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis.

As a result of the increased demand the Department has more than doubled the number of staff operating the helpline. MPs can also contact the Home Office via the MPs Urgent Enquiries inbox or in person at the Portcullis House walk-in hub.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time on the MP UK Visas and Immigration helpline was in April 2022.

We recognise during peak periods waiting times can be considerably longer than that due to an increase in call demand since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis.

As a result of the increased demand the Department has more than doubled the number of staff operating the helpline. MPs also have the ability to contact the Home Office via the MPs Urgent Enquiries inbox or in person at the Portcullis House walk-in hub.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason payments to Windrush Compensation Scheme claimants are delayed in the event that a review of a decision under that scheme is requested.

In response to UIN: 1247

A Preliminary Payment of £10,000 will be made as soon as a claimant can demonstrate an Impact on Life under the terms of the Scheme. In addition, the Urgent and Exceptional Payments Policy is still available and allows for urgent financial support to be paid in advance of a full compensation payment.

Entitlement to a full award under the Windrush Compensation Scheme arises when the customer provides written confirmation they accept a determination in full. If a review is requested on part of the award offered, the whole claim must progress to review.

In response to UIN:1248

The Home Office publishes Windrush Compensation Scheme Data monthly, including for Tier one reviews which are completed by a Home Office Senior Reviewer and Tier two reviews which are completed by the Independent Adjudicator’s Office. Published data is available to the end of March 2022, Migration transparency data - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) Windrush Compensation Scheme data: March 2022 refers.

The data covering the period ended 14 April 2022 and 12 May 2022 has not yet been published.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Windrush Compensation Scheme claimants have requested a review of a decision under that scheme; and how many of those have received a decision from the adjudicator as of 12 May 2022.

In response to UIN: 1247

A Preliminary Payment of £10,000 will be made as soon as a claimant can demonstrate an Impact on Life under the terms of the Scheme. In addition, the Urgent and Exceptional Payments Policy is still available and allows for urgent financial support to be paid in advance of a full compensation payment.

Entitlement to a full award under the Windrush Compensation Scheme arises when the customer provides written confirmation they accept a determination in full. If a review is requested on part of the award offered, the whole claim must progress to review.

In response to UIN:1248

The Home Office publishes Windrush Compensation Scheme Data monthly, including for Tier one reviews which are completed by a Home Office Senior Reviewer and Tier two reviews which are completed by the Independent Adjudicator’s Office. Published data is available to the end of March 2022, Migration transparency data - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) Windrush Compensation Scheme data: March 2022 refers.

The data covering the period ended 14 April 2022 and 12 May 2022 has not yet been published.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of the proposed asylum processing site at Linton-on-Ouse on (a) public services and (b) local residents in the context of that village's population size relative to the number of asylum seekers proposed to be accommodated at that site.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to ensure that people with Biometric Resident Permits are informed about the changes occurring to the BRP system post-December 2024.

We tell people in the letter they receive with their biometric residence permit (BRP) about the transition from physical evidence of immigration status to online evidence of immigration status (eVisas) and the plan to phase out the use of physical documents before the end of 2024. We have also placed information on GOV.UK https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits/report-problem.

We also tell BRP holders to access the online checking service for right to work or right to rent purposes. The online service displays the expiry date of a person’s leave.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan nationals relocated to the UK via (a) the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy and (b) Operation Pitting have been granted indefinite leave to remain as of 16 May 2022.

Over 15,000 people were supported to come to the UK directly following the evacuation of Afghanistan, with a further 3,000 having arrived since.

Following the evacuation from Afghanistan over the summer, work is underway to ensure information relating to all the individuals relocated under both schemes are recorded on case working systems. Once this work concludes, statistics on ACRS and ARAP will be included in future editions of the Immigration Statistics.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan nationals relocated to the UK through (a) the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy and (b) Operation Pitting are waiting to be granted indefinite leave to remain as of 16 May 2022.

Over 15,000 people were supported to come to the UK directly following the evacuation of Afghanistan, with a further 3,000 having arrived since.

Following the evacuation from Afghanistan over the summer, work is underway to ensure information relating to all the individuals relocated under both schemes are recorded on case working systems. Once this work concludes, statistics on ACRS and ARAP will be included in future editions of the Immigration Statistics.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan nationals relocated to the UK via (a) the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy and (b) Operation Pitting with 6 months remain to leave have seen their status expire and are waiting to be granted indefinite leave to remain as of 16 May 2022.

Over 15,000 people were supported to come to the UK directly following the evacuation of Afghanistan, with a further 3,000 having arrived since.

Following the evacuation from Afghanistan over the summer, work is underway to ensure information relating to all the individuals relocated under both schemes are recorded on case working systems. Once this work concludes, statistics on ACRS and ARAP will be included in future editions of the Immigration Statistics.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to improve the time taken to process passport applications for (a) immigrants and (b) refugees not related to schemes for Ukrainian refugees.

British passports are issued to British nationals only.

Should any person become a British citizen through naturalisation or registration, they should apply for a British passport in the usual way. All applicants in the UK using the standard service are currently advised to allow up to ten weeks to get their passport.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long asylum seekers who have been granted section 95 status currently have to wait to receive an Aspen card.

When an asylum seeker in full-board initial accommodation (where there is Migrant Help physical presence) has been granted section 95 states an Aspen card will be issued within 4-6 working days. Where individuals are in other accommodation locations they will be sent Aspen cards by Royal Mail post, once issued.

We have undertaken improvement work to reduce the waiting time by introducing twice weekly reporting and ensuring prompt data sharing with Migrant Help.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce the waiting time between asylum seekers being granted section 95 status and receiving an Aspen card.

When an asylum seeker in full-board initial accommodation (where there is Migrant Help physical presence) has been granted section 95 states an Aspen card will be issued within 4-6 working days. Where individuals are in other accommodation locations they will be sent Aspen cards by Royal Mail post, once issued.

We have undertaken improvement work to reduce the waiting time by introducing twice weekly reporting and ensuring prompt data sharing with Migrant Help.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied 15 to 18-year-olds have applied for visas under the Homes for Ukraine scheme; and how many of those applications are currently pending.

Unaccompanied minors are only eligible under the Homes for Ukraine scheme if they are reuniting with a parent or legal guardian in the UK – this is outlined in the Immigration Rules.

Data on the number of people issued under Homes for Ukraine can be found on the GOV.UK webpage: Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine) visa data - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications to the Homes for Ukraine scheme by unaccompanied 15 to 18-year-olds have been successful; and how many applicants have been directly informed by her Department that their application has been unsuccessful.

Unaccompanied minors are only eligible under the Homes for Ukraine scheme if they are reuniting with a parent or legal guardian in the UK – this is outlined in the Immigration Rules.

Data on the number of people issued under Homes for Ukraine can be found on the GOV.UK webpage: Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine) visa data - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the combined value is of contracts awarded by her Department in 2022-23 for repair work designed to ensure that (a) HMC Valiant and (b) CPV Active are able to meet Border Force's operational demands for the next five years.

The key next step for the procurement will be the release of a Prior Information Notice (PIN) to commence market engagement. That will enable the development of the commercial and procurement strategies and of estimated timelines for letting a contract. It will also give a good sense of the supplier market hence likely delivery options, challenges, schedules, and operational in-service dates.

The intention is that the new vessels will replace the existing fleet on a one-for-one basis. Specifics of the transition, and associated commissioning and decommissioning activity, will be carefully managed to minimise any risk to operational activity.

This will enable Border Force to continue to tackle key maritime law enforcement and border security priorities.

Any future deployment of maritime capability will be flexible and responsive and will form part of a layered approach to coastal security and law enforcement, ensuring we have an effective capability, which works in partnership with other organisations to respond to current and future threats.

All assets are currently positioned in UK waters and are constantly deployed to protect the UK border as and when needed.

[2422] Border Force conduct a systematic approach to maintenance and repairs to our fleet of five (5) cutters every year and will continue to do so.

NB: HMC Sentinel has been retired.

[2423] Border Force conduct a systematic approach to maintenance and repairs to our fleet of six (6) coastal patrol vessels every year and will continue to do so.

[2421] Annual maintenance to CPV Active has been awarded to a SME supplier in the North West for £58,920.96.

A procurement to acquire the services for a Ships Life Extension Programme (SLEP) to HMC Valiant is currently being undertaken. Therefore, at the time of this question being asked an accurate response to the value of annual maintenance is not provided as the competition has not concluded.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to tender contracts during 2022-23 for repair work designed to ensure that Her Majesty's Cutters (a) Searcher, (b) Seeker, (c) Sentinel and (d) Vigilant are able to meet the Border Force's operational demands for the next five years.

The key next step for the procurement will be the release of a Prior Information Notice (PIN) to commence market engagement. That will enable the development of the commercial and procurement strategies and of estimated timelines for letting a contract. It will also give a good sense of the supplier market hence likely delivery options, challenges, schedules, and operational in-service dates.

The intention is that the new vessels will replace the existing fleet on a one-for-one basis. Specifics of the transition, and associated commissioning and decommissioning activity, will be carefully managed to minimise any risk to operational activity.

This will enable Border Force to continue to tackle key maritime law enforcement and border security priorities.

Any future deployment of maritime capability will be flexible and responsive and will form part of a layered approach to coastal security and law enforcement, ensuring we have an effective capability, which works in partnership with other organisations to respond to current and future threats.

All assets are currently positioned in UK waters and are constantly deployed to protect the UK border as and when needed.

[2422] Border Force conduct a systematic approach to maintenance and repairs to our fleet of five (5) cutters every year and will continue to do so.

NB: HMC Sentinel has been retired.

[2423] Border Force conduct a systematic approach to maintenance and repairs to our fleet of six (6) coastal patrol vessels every year and will continue to do so.

[2421] Annual maintenance to CPV Active has been awarded to a SME supplier in the North West for £58,920.96.

A procurement to acquire the services for a Ships Life Extension Programme (SLEP) to HMC Valiant is currently being undertaken. Therefore, at the time of this question being asked an accurate response to the value of annual maintenance is not provided as the competition has not concluded.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to tender contracts during 2022-23 for repair work designed to ensure that coastal patrol vessels (a) Alert, (b) Eagle, (c) Hunter, (d) Nimrod and (e) Speedwell are able to meet Border Force's operational demands for the next five years.

The key next step for the procurement will be the release of a Prior Information Notice (PIN) to commence market engagement. That will enable the development of the commercial and procurement strategies and of estimated timelines for letting a contract. It will also give a good sense of the supplier market hence likely delivery options, challenges, schedules, and operational in-service dates.

The intention is that the new vessels will replace the existing fleet on a one-for-one basis. Specifics of the transition, and associated commissioning and decommissioning activity, will be carefully managed to minimise any risk to operational activity.

This will enable Border Force to continue to tackle key maritime law enforcement and border security priorities.

Any future deployment of maritime capability will be flexible and responsive and will form part of a layered approach to coastal security and law enforcement, ensuring we have an effective capability, which works in partnership with other organisations to respond to current and future threats.

All assets are currently positioned in UK waters and are constantly deployed to protect the UK border as and when needed.

[2422] Border Force conduct a systematic approach to maintenance and repairs to our fleet of five (5) cutters every year and will continue to do so.

NB: HMC Sentinel has been retired.

[2423] Border Force conduct a systematic approach to maintenance and repairs to our fleet of six (6) coastal patrol vessels every year and will continue to do so.

[2421] Annual maintenance to CPV Active has been awarded to a SME supplier in the North West for £58,920.96.

A procurement to acquire the services for a Ships Life Extension Programme (SLEP) to HMC Valiant is currently being undertaken. Therefore, at the time of this question being asked an accurate response to the value of annual maintenance is not provided as the competition has not concluded.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to tender a contract for the replacement of the Border Force's existing fleet of five cutters; and when the five replacement cutters are expected to become operational.

The key next step for the procurement will be the release of a Prior Information Notice (PIN) to commence market engagement. That will enable the development of the commercial and procurement strategies and of estimated timelines for letting a contract. It will also give a good sense of the supplier market hence likely delivery options, challenges, schedules, and operational in-service dates.

The intention is that the new vessels will replace the existing fleet on a one-for-one basis. Specifics of the transition, and associated commissioning and decommissioning activity, will be carefully managed to minimise any risk to operational activity.

This will enable Border Force to continue to tackle key maritime law enforcement and border security priorities.

Any future deployment of maritime capability will be flexible and responsive and will form part of a layered approach to coastal security and law enforcement, ensuring we have an effective capability, which works in partnership with other organisations to respond to current and future threats.

All assets are currently positioned in UK waters and are constantly deployed to protect the UK border as and when needed.

[2422] Border Force conduct a systematic approach to maintenance and repairs to our fleet of five (5) cutters every year and will continue to do so.

NB: HMC Sentinel has been retired.

[2423] Border Force conduct a systematic approach to maintenance and repairs to our fleet of six (6) coastal patrol vessels every year and will continue to do so.

[2421] Annual maintenance to CPV Active has been awarded to a SME supplier in the North West for £58,920.96.

A procurement to acquire the services for a Ships Life Extension Programme (SLEP) to HMC Valiant is currently being undertaken. Therefore, at the time of this question being asked an accurate response to the value of annual maintenance is not provided as the competition has not concluded.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her department intends to tender a contract for the replacement of the Border Force's existing fleet of six Coastal Patrol Vessels; and when she expects the six replacement vessels will be operational.

The key next step for the procurement will be the release of a Prior Information Notice (PIN) to commence market engagement. That will enable the development of the commercial and procurement strategies and of estimated timelines for letting a contract. It will also give a good sense of the supplier market hence likely delivery options, challenges, schedules, and operational in-service dates.

The intention is that the new vessels will replace the existing fleet on a one-for-one basis. Specifics of the transition, and associated commissioning and decommissioning activity, will be carefully managed to minimise any risk to operational activity.

This will enable Border Force to continue to tackle key maritime law enforcement and border security priorities.

Any future deployment of maritime capability will be flexible and responsive and will form part of a layered approach to coastal security and law enforcement, ensuring we have an effective capability, which works in partnership with other organisations to respond to current and future threats.

All assets are currently positioned in UK waters and are constantly deployed to protect the UK border as and when needed.

[2422] Border Force conduct a systematic approach to maintenance and repairs to our fleet of five (5) cutters every year and will continue to do so.

NB: HMC Sentinel has been retired.

[2423] Border Force conduct a systematic approach to maintenance and repairs to our fleet of six (6) coastal patrol vessels every year and will continue to do so.

[2421] Annual maintenance to CPV Active has been awarded to a SME supplier in the North West for £58,920.96.

A procurement to acquire the services for a Ships Life Extension Programme (SLEP) to HMC Valiant is currently being undertaken. Therefore, at the time of this question being asked an accurate response to the value of annual maintenance is not provided as the competition has not concluded.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Border Force's new fleet of five cutters and six coastal patrol vessels will serve alongside the existing fleet of cutters and coastal patrol vessels for a period of time; how long she estimates that period of time to last; and when she expects it to occur.

The key next step for the procurement will be the release of a Prior Information Notice (PIN) to commence market engagement. That will enable the development of the commercial and procurement strategies and of estimated timelines for letting a contract. It will also give a good sense of the supplier market hence likely delivery options, challenges, schedules, and operational in-service dates.

The intention is that the new vessels will replace the existing fleet on a one-for-one basis. Specifics of the transition, and associated commissioning and decommissioning activity, will be carefully managed to minimise any risk to operational activity.

This will enable Border Force to continue to tackle key maritime law enforcement and border security priorities.

Any future deployment of maritime capability will be flexible and responsive and will form part of a layered approach to coastal security and law enforcement, ensuring we have an effective capability, which works in partnership with other organisations to respond to current and future threats.

All assets are currently positioned in UK waters and are constantly deployed to protect the UK border as and when needed.

[2422] Border Force conduct a systematic approach to maintenance and repairs to our fleet of five (5) cutters every year and will continue to do so.

NB: HMC Sentinel has been retired.

[2423] Border Force conduct a systematic approach to maintenance and repairs to our fleet of six (6) coastal patrol vessels every year and will continue to do so.

[2421] Annual maintenance to CPV Active has been awarded to a SME supplier in the North West for £58,920.96.

A procurement to acquire the services for a Ships Life Extension Programme (SLEP) to HMC Valiant is currently being undertaken. Therefore, at the time of this question being asked an accurate response to the value of annual maintenance is not provided as the competition has not concluded.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) she and (b) officials in her Department have met with the National Shipbuilding Office since the start of the 2022 calendar year.

The Home Office continues to work closely with the National Shipbuilding Office (NSO) and other government departments on the procurement of new Border Force vessels as referenced within the National Shipbuilding Strategy. Home Office Ministers attend the strategy’s Inter-Ministerial Group on Shipbuilding supported by Home Office officials attending wider bilateral events. The NSO are similarly represented on the programme’s governance which further supports close ongoing engagement.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure applications for Ukrainian citizens under the Homes for Ukraine scheme are grouped effectively to allow family members to enter the UK together.

Where we have applications from family groups we would look to group these decisions together so families receive decisions wherever possible at the same time.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that LGBTQ+ refugees relocated to Rwanda do not face discrimination and intolerance in that country.

Rwanda is a safe and secure country with respect for the rule of law. Rwanda’s constitution includes a broad prohibition on discrimination. We have carried out a robust assessment of the country which demonstrates our commitment to fully evaluating whether Rwanda would be suitable for each potentially eligible person to be relocated. Relocation decisions will be taken on a case by case basis and nobody will be relocated if it is unsafe or inappropriate for them.

We would only ever work with countries that we know are safe and will treat asylum seekers in accordance with relevant international human rights laws.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)