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Written Question
Afghanistan: Refugees
21 Jan 2022

Questioner: Dan Jarvis (LAB - Barnsley Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department is providing to eligible applicants to the Afghan Relocation Assistance Policy who are not in receipt of the travel documents required to relocate to the UK.

Answered by James Heappey

Relocating eligible Afghans without passports or other documents is challenging, but we are working with third countries to negotiate routes that can be used for their relocation to the united Kingdom. We have already had some success in operating these routes, but the third countries who have worked with us have asked to do so discreetly.


Written Question
Afghanistan: Intelligence Services
21 Jan 2022

Questioner: Dan Jarvis (LAB - Barnsley Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department (a) paid and (b) supplemented the National Directorate of Security in Afghanistan over the last 10 years.

Answered by James Heappey

UK Armed Forces supported NATO's Resolute Support Mission that provided training, advice and assistance to the Afghan security forces and institutions.


Written Question
Afghanistan: Intelligence Services
21 Jan 2022

Questioner: Dan Jarvis (LAB - Barnsley Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which private providers were involved in the delivery of training for the National Directorate of Security.

Answered by James Heappey

UK Armed Forces supported NATO's Resolute Support Mission that provided training, advice and assistance to the Afghan security forces and institutions. I am not aware of any private providers that delivered training to the National Directorate of Security on the Ministry of Defence's behalf.


Written Question
Refugees: Afghanistan
20 Jan 2022

Questioner: Dan Jarvis (LAB - Barnsley Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan nationals relocated to the UK via (a) Operation Pitting and (b) the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy are waiting for Indefinite Leave to Remain to be granted.

Answered by Victoria Atkins

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.


Written Question
Domestic Abuse: Victims
20 Jan 2022

Questioner: Dan Jarvis (LAB - Barnsley Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) on the number of complaints the PHSO has received on the matter of family courts implementing (a) a ban on cross examination of domestic abuse survivors in court and (b) the statutory presumption that victims of abuse are eligible for special measures.

Answered by Victoria Atkins

The Ministry of Justice has not been made aware of any complaints to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman about the implementation in the family court of the prohibition on cross-examination in person, or the presumption that victims of domestic abuse are automatically eligible for special measures, both of which are provided for by the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.


Written Question
Afghanistan: Refugees
20 Jan 2022

Questioner: Dan Jarvis (LAB - Barnsley Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2022 to Question 98300 on Afghanistan: Refugees, if she will publish guidance on how Afghan nationals can access financial support.

Answered by James Cleverly

We have no plans to publish guidance on assistance for Afghan nationals in third countries, as this is dealt with on a case-by-case basis.


Written Question
Armed Forces: Income
20 Jan 2022

Questioner: Dan Jarvis (LAB - Barnsley Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Home Affairs on 5 January 2022, Official Report, volume 706, column 80WH, when she will publish the medium term review on the impact of the minimum income requirement on armed forces personnel and their families.

Answered by Kevin Foster

The family Immigration Rules include a minimum income requirement to ensure financial independence and encourage integration.

The minimum income requirement was implemented in July 2012, following advice from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), and has not changed since its introduction.

The Home Secretary has committed to a medium term review of the impact of the minimum income requirement on armed forces families which is likely to form part of a wider review of the policy, and is considering commissioning the Migration Advisory Committee to undertake this review. Timescales are to be confirmed.


Written Question
Afghanistan: Refugees
19 Jan 2022

Questioner: Dan Jarvis (LAB - Barnsley Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of providing free PCR tests for Afghan nationals who qualify for (a) Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (b) Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme when travelling to the UK from a third country.

Answered by Kevin Foster

Afghan nationals who qualify under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) or Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) who arrive from third countries are provided with PCR tests as part of the arrivals package and do not pay for these tests.


Written Question
Biometric Residence Permits: Afghanistan
18 Jan 2022

Questioner: Dan Jarvis (LAB - Barnsley Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what urgent steps she is taking to issue Biometric Residence Permits to Afghan nationals in the UK with pending job offers.

Answered by Kevin Foster

Those who arrived in the UK were granted limited leave to enter with access to public funds and employment. Communications have been issued advising individuals of next steps to progress permanent residence in the UK. Amongst the information provided, those communications confirm individuals’ rights to employment on their current leave. We have made arrangements to ensure prospective employers and landlords can contact the Home Office to confirm individuals’ right to take employment and rented accommodation prior to them receiving a Biometric Residence Permit.

The Home Office has established a dedicated caseworking team, which is working jointly with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Ministry of Defence. This team will contact those here in the UK under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy and those moving onto the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme, in order to assist them to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain status.


Written Question
Medals: Platinum Jubilee 2022
17 Jan 2022

Questioner: Dan Jarvis (LAB - Barnsley Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the qualifying criteria for the Platinum Jubilee medal requires the full five calendar years of service to be continuous service.

Answered by Chris Philp

To qualify for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal recipients must be in an eligible role in the public sector on 6 February 2022 and have completed five years’ service.

Individual Departments, the Devolved Administrations and Crown Dependencies are responsible for applying the criteria and making eligibility decisions regarding the award of the Medal to their staff and other organisations that fall under their sponsorship.


Written Question
Afghanistan: Refugees
17 Jan 2022

Questioner: Dan Jarvis (LAB - Barnsley Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) current and (b) former National Directorate of Security personnel have been granted a relocation offer under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme since (a) 1 April 2021, (b) 1 August 2021 and (c) 28 August 2021.

Answered by James Heappey

Our ARAP Scheme is one of the most generous in the world and our commitment to those who are eligible and the process to deliver it, is not time-limited and will endure. Whilst thousands of ARAP eligible personnel have already been safely relocated to the UK, we continue to work at pace to safely evacuate eligible ARAP personnel and their families through a range of third countries.

However, the information requested is not collated in the format required.


Written Question
Refugees: Afghanistan
17 Jan 2022

Questioner: Dan Jarvis (LAB - Barnsley Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2021 to Question 72441 on Afghanistan: Refugees, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that no one is disadvantaged while their case is reviewed.

Answered by Victoria Atkins

The Home Office has established a dedicated caseworking team, which is working jointly with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Ministry of Defence. This team will contact all those who arrived to discuss their leave arrangements and ensure they get the right form of leave.

Communications have been issued advising individuals of next steps to progress permanent residence in the UK. The Home Office is contacting those here in the UK under the Afghan Relocation Assistance Policy, and also those moving onto the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme, to assist them in obtaining indefinite leave to remain. Amongst the information provided, those communications confirm individuals’ rights to employment and to access services (e.g. medical treatment, school places). They also provide links to guidance and information on how prospective employers and landlords can contact the Home Office to confirm individuals’ right to take employment and rented accommodation, through the Employer Checking Service.

No one will be required to leave the United Kingdom, or be disadvantaged in any way, while we work through their cases.


Written Question
Afghanistan: Refugees
14 Jan 2022

Questioner: Dan Jarvis (LAB - Barnsley Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on providing safe routes to the UK for successful applicants under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy scheme from (a) Qatar and (b) other countries.

Answered by James Heappey

Our ARAP Scheme is one of the most generous in the world and our commitment to those who are eligible and the process to deliver it, is not time-limited and will endure. Whilst thousands of ARAP eligible personnel have already been safely relocated to the UK, we are working closely with countries in the region to find safe routes for eligible Afghans to be evacuated from within Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. These are the subject of regular discussions with Ministerial colleagues in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and others. This work is ongoing and will continue as the situation changes and develops. The safety and security of eligible Afghans and their families is paramount.


Written Question
Refugees: Afghanistan
14 Jan 2022

Questioner: Dan Jarvis (LAB - Barnsley Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has been made on moving Afghan refugees out of bridging accommodation; and what assessment her Department has made of the impact on Afghans in (a) Afghanistan and (b) third countries by the time taken in being able to relocate them to the UK.

Answered by Victoria Atkins

We do not want to keep people in temporary accommodation for any longer than is absolutely necessary and homes have already been provided for more than 4,000 Afghans who arrived in the UK before, during, and after Operation Pitting. Over 300 local authorities have pledged to resettle families so far, and the government continues to work alongside local authorities and the private rented sector to secure more permanent homes. The pace at which people move out of bridging accommodation is dependent on the number of offers the Government receives from Local Authorities.

We continue to encourage councils that have not yet made offers or those that can offer more housing to do so. Landlords are also being encouraged to submit housing offers via the Government’s Housing Portal.

We have already evacuated around 1,500 Afghans from neighbouring countries since the end of Operation Pitting and, from Spring, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will refer refugees for resettlement under the ACRS, based on assessments of protection need.

The ACRS scheme was formally announced on 6th January 2022, providing up to 20,000 women, children and others at risk with a safe and legal route to resettle in the UK. Further information can be found at the following gov.uk website Afghan citizens resettlement scheme - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Written Question
Refugees: Afghanistan
14 Jan 2022

Questioner: Dan Jarvis (LAB - Barnsley Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in the UK as at 5 January 2022 will be resettled through the Afghan Citizen Resettlement Scheme.

Answered by Victoria Atkins

The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme opened on 6th January, providing up to 20,000 women, children and others at risk with a safe and legal route to resettle in the UK.

Due to the success of our emergency evacuation and the larger than anticipated number of people brought over to the UK, we plan to exceed our initial aim of 5,000 people in the first year of the ACRS.