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Nick Thomas-Symonds

Labour - Torfaen

Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

(since November 2021)
Shadow Home Secretary
5th Apr 2020 - 29th Nov 2021
Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Security)
3rd Jul 2017 - 5th Apr 2020
Shadow Solicitor General
9th Oct 2016 - 5th Apr 2020
Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)
18th Sep 2015 - 27th Jun 2016
Justice Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 26th Oct 2015


Department Event
Thursday 21st July 2022
09:30
Department for International Trade
Oral questions - Main Chamber
21 Jul 2022, 9:30 a.m.
International Trade (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Wednesday 29th June 2022
Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 147 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 175 Noes - 271
Speeches
Wednesday 29th June 2022
Steel Safeguards
I am grateful to the Secretary of State for her statement and for advance sight of it. The extension of …
Written Answers
Monday 23rd May 2022
Trade Agreements: USA
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many officials in her Department are working on securing a …
Early Day Motions
Tuesday 3rd March 2020
70th anniversary of the Llandow Air Disaster
That this House notes that 12 March 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the Llandow Air Disaster in Wales; further …
Bills
Wednesday 24th June 2015
Off-patent Drugs Bill 2015-16
A Bill to require the Secretary of State to seek licences for off-patent drugs in new indications; to require the …
MP Financial Interests
Tuesday 19th April 2022
1. Employment and earnings
23 March 2022, received 117.83. Hours: no additional hours. (Registered 30 March 2022)
EDM signed
Monday 28th March 2022
P&O Ferries and DP World
That this House condemns in the strongest possible terms the decision of P&O Ferries to fire 800 staff without notice …
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 5th September 2017
Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Act 2018
A Bill to establish, and make provision about, the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care; and for connected …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Nick Thomas-Symonds has voted in 404 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Priti Patel (Conservative)
Home Secretary
(50 debate interactions)
Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Conservative)
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
(9 debate interactions)
Penny Mordaunt (Conservative)
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
(8 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(115 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(21 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(18 debate contributions)
Ministry of Justice
(13 debate contributions)
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Torfaen 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).

Nick Thomas-Symonds has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Nick Thomas-Symonds

23rd March 2022
Nick Thomas-Symonds signed this EDM on Monday 28th March 2022

P&O Ferries and DP World

Tabled by: Karl Turner (Labour - Kingston upon Hull East)
That this House condemns in the strongest possible terms the decision of P&O Ferries to fire 800 staff without notice or consultation with their trade unions, the RMT and Nautilus; demands the immediate reinstatement of the sacked workers; condemns their replacement with agency workers earning as little as £1.80 per …
125 signatures
(Most recent: 27 Apr 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 94
Scottish National Party: 12
Liberal Democrat: 7
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Alba Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
16th November 2021
Nick Thomas-Symonds signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 16th November 2021

Town and Country Planning

Tabled by: Keir Starmer (Labour - Holborn and St Pancras)
That the Town and Country Planning (Napier Barracks) Special Development Order 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 962), dated 26 August 2021, a copy of which was laid before this House on 27 August 2021, be revoked.
18 signatures
(Most recent: 24 Jan 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 10
Liberal Democrat: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Green Party: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Nick Thomas-Symonds, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


4 Urgent Questions tabled by Nick Thomas-Symonds

Monday 22nd November 2021
Tuesday 26th January 2021
Wednesday 22nd July 2020
Tuesday 30th June 2020

Nick Thomas-Symonds has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Nick Thomas-Symonds


A Bill to require the Secretary of State to seek licences for off-patent drugs in new indications; to require the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to conduct technology appraisals for off-patent drugs in new indications; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Friday 6th November 2015

73 Written Questions in the current parliament

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13th Jan 2020
To ask the Attorney General, what the average number of days taken from a report of rape to a decision to charge was in each year since 2015.

Records held by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) provide data showing the average number of days from receipt of the pre-charge case from the police to the decision to charge. The CPS does not have a record of the number of days from the date a crime was reported to the police to the date the police refer the case to CPS for a charging decision.

The table below shows the average number of days from the date a case is received from the police to the date the decision to charge was taken for cases flagged as rape in each year from 2015/16 to 2018/19.

2015 – 2016

2016 – 2017

2017 – 2018

2018 - 2019

Average police and CPS time to charge

52.70

67.28

77.98

107.68

In cases where a file is submitted to the CPS for early investigative advice or where there is insufficient evidence to bring a charge at the first referral, the prosecutor will advise the police officer on the further evidence to be gathered. Once this further evidence has been gathered the officer will return the case to the CPS in order for a charging decision to be made. With the increase in use of early investigative advice, the CPS is more often involved at an earlier stage in proceedings, which has an effect on the average number of consultations and overall timeliness.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
13th Jan 2020
To ask the Attorney General, how many and what proportion of cases of suspected rape were given No Further Action as a result of insufficient evidence to proceed in each of the last three years.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) maintains a central record of the number of suspects, flagged as rape suspects, referred to prosecutors for a pre-charge decision and the number of decisions not to prosecute suspects following the charging decision.

The table below shows the volume and percentage of legal decisions not to prosecute for evidential reasons in each year from 2016/17 to 2018/19.

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

Volume

%

Volume

%

Volume

%

Legal Decision: No Further Action: Evidential

2061

31.2%

1786

29.7

1816

35.5

Data Source: Case Management Information System

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
13th Jan 2020
To ask the Attorney General, what steps the Government is taking to improve conviction rates for rape and sexual offences.

Rape is a devastating offence that can have a significant and profound impact on victims, and the CPS is committed to bringing perpetrators of these horrific crimes to justice. The CPS welcomes and accepts all recommendations made in HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate’s ‘Rape Inspection’ report, published in December 2019, and joint work with the police is already underway to make improvements. This work covers a range of areas, including case progression, digital capability and disclosure, expertise, supporting victims, and stakeholder engagement.

The ongoing cross-Government review into this complex area will offer comprehensive findings across the whole criminal justice system, and I look forward to its completion.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
13th Jan 2020
To ask the Attorney General, what steps he is taking to increase the number of reported rape and sexual offences that are brought to trial.

The reduction in suspects charged in rape and serious sexual offence cases is a cause of concern. Both Government and the CPS are committed to exploring what improvements can be made to the handling of these horrific cases and making progress in this area.

The CPS welcomes and has accepted all recommendations made in HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate’s ‘Rape Inspection’ report, published in December 2019, and a joint action plan with the police is already underway to make improvements. The ongoing cross-Government review into this complex area will also offer comprehensive findings across the whole criminal justice system, and I look forward to its completion. The CPS will address any issues highlighted by the review openly and honestly.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
13th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the cross-Whitehall Crime and Justice Taskforce was created; and who the members of that Taskforce are.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQ107708. The membership of the Taskforce is available on Gov.uk.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
13th Jan 2021
To ask the the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the dates were of each of the meetings of the Crime and Justice Taskforce.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQ107708. The membership of the Taskforce is available on Gov.uk.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to meet the commitments of the Kigali Agreement.

The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol commits the UK to reduce its consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a group of refrigerant gases that are very damaging to the Earth’s climate, by 85% between 2019 and 2036.

Under the EU F-gas Regulation, quotas are allocated to HFC importers which are cut every three years until a 79% reduction is achieved by 2030. HFC consumption in the UK has already been cut by 37% since 2015, a world-leading phasedown which is faster than required under Kigali.

The Government will soon start a review of the F-gas Regulation, to be finished before the end of 2022, to decide how we will meet the final Kigali phasedown step between 2030 and 2036. The review will also look at how the UK can continue being even more ambitious than Kigali.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that perfluorooctanoic acid is not used in the manufacture of goods and products; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of regulations on the use of that acid.

Perfluorooctanoic acid, known as PFOA, its salts and PFOA-related compounds, was listed as a persistent organic pollutant (POP) and banned from use under the UN Stockholm Convention with a number of time-limited specific exemptions at the Conference of Parties in May 2019.

POPs are toxic, persist in the environment, bioaccumulate in humans and animals and have long-ranging properties. The ban on the manufacture, sale and use of PFOA will come into force in July 2020 through the POPs regulation.

The effectiveness of this legislation cannot be assessed until it is in force but UK regulators will be responsible for ensuring that these regulations are adhered to and emissions monitoring will include PFOA.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many Officials in her Department are currently assigned to work on securing a trade deal with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

At the beginning of 2022, the Department for International Trade (DIT) had just over 600 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff working directly on trade negotiations.

DIT operates a flexible resourcing model to maximise efficiency across our free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations. The number of staff working on a FTA at any one time will change depending on the stage and scale of the negotiations. Staff will also often be working across multiple negotiations.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many civil servants are employed by her Department in (a) the UK and (b) overseas.

As of 31 March 2022 Department for International Trade (DIT) employed 2710 Civil Servants in the UK and 185 Civil Servants overseas.

Please note that in addition to Civil Servants the department employs a further 1448 country-based staff overseas who work on DIT objectives but are not Civil Servants.

These figures do not include UK Export Finance staff, Trade Remedies Authority Staff, those on loan from other government departments who remain on their home departments payroll, contractors, military staff, people on secondment from other organisations, those who are on loan or secondment out of DIT, or on unpaid special leave or career break.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many officials in her Department are working on securing a UK-Canada trade deal.

At the beginning of 2022, the Department for International Trade had just over 600 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff working directly on trade negotiations.

The Department for International Trade operates a flexible resourcing model to maximise efficiency across our free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations. The number of staff working on an FTA at any one time will change depending on the stage and scale of the negotiations. Staff will also often be working across multiple negotiations.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many officials in her Department are working on securing a UK-US trade deal.

At the beginning of 2022, the Department for International Trade had just over 600 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff working directly on trade negotiations.

The Department for International Trade operates a flexible resourcing model to maximise efficiency across our free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations. The number of staff working on a FTA at any one time will change depending on the stage and scale of the negotiations. Staff will also often be working across multiple negotiations.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Written Statement of 31 January 2022, HCWS570, on Trade Update, what discussions she has had with her Indian counterpart on ensuring that the free trade agreement being negotiated between India and the UK does not undermine UK (a) animal welfare, (b) environmental and (c) food safety standards; and if she will make a statement.

My Rt Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade met her Indian counterpart in New Delhi on 13th January to launch the United Kingdom-India trade negotiations. Defending the interests of British consumers and producers is a priority for HM Government, and the Department for International Trade has been clear that more trade need not come at the expense of our high environmental, animal welfare and food safety standards. We are a world leader in these areas and that will not change.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, for what reason her Department paid the UK Visa’s and Immigration £1,199.00 on 21 June 2021.

This expense is for a Tier 2 sponsorship application and visa payment for a member of staff joining the department from overseas.

I refer the Hon. Member for Torfaen to the answer I gave to the Hon. Member for Islington South and Finsbury on 27 October 2021, UIN: 58794.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, for what reason her Department paid £15,178,965.29 to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on the 12 October 2021, transaction number 410526.

£15,178,965.29 is the service charge the Department for International Trade pays to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office for the OneHMG Platform for our overseas operations.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much her Department spent on corporate services provided by M&C Saatchi (UK) Ltd in 2021.

M&S Saatchi are the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) contracted marketing strategy and creative agency. The contract is published here: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/notice/d8f999e8-afee-4400-9cf7-254f654dd6a4?origin=SearchResults&p=1

DIT spent £2,596,883 in 2021 and an additional £134,406 was spent on sub-contracted work to other agencies through M&C Saatchi. £3,862,432 was spent in relation to Cabinet Office funded activity; however, this is not DIT expenditure.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people who have been affected by the underpayment of benefits after transitioning from incapacity benefit to employment and support allowance in Torfaen constituency.

I refer the Rt hon. Member to the answer I gave on 19th January to question number 104377.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Torfaen constituency were refused personal independence payment in (a) 2018 and (b) 2019.

The latest available data (to October 2019) on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims which have been disallowed (refused) at initial decision can be found in the PIP clearances table at https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/.

Guidance on how to use Stat-Xplore can be found here: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html

16th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken was for people to be migrated onto universal credit in Torfaen constituency in the last 12 months.

Universal Credit is now the main system of working age welfare support across the country. It is available in every Jobcentre, with a caseload of over 2.8 million claimants, growing every month, now able to access the additional support and flexibilities it offers.

Most people only move to Universal Credit because they have had a significant change in their circumstances which would previously have led them to make a new claim to a legacy benefit.

Data surrounding the number of households on Universal Credit in the parliamentary constituency of Torfaen and across Wales, along with payments issued in full and on time is published online and can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/.

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

The Department has committed to updating Parliament and stakeholders on progress surrounding our Move to Universal Credit pilot.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
16th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Wales have transferred onto universal credit in the last 12 months.

Universal Credit is now the main system of working age welfare support across the country. It is available in every Jobcentre, with a caseload of over 2.8 million claimants, growing every month, now able to access the additional support and flexibilities it offers.

Most people only move to Universal Credit because they have had a significant change in their circumstances which would previously have led them to make a new claim to a legacy benefit.

Data surrounding the number of households on Universal Credit in the parliamentary constituency of Torfaen and across Wales, along with payments issued in full and on time is published online and can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/.

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

The Department has committed to updating Parliament and stakeholders on progress surrounding our Move to Universal Credit pilot.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
16th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Wales are claiming universal credit.

Universal Credit is now the main system of working age welfare support across the country. It is available in every Jobcentre, with a caseload of over 2.8 million claimants, growing every month, now able to access the additional support and flexibilities it offers.

Most people only move to Universal Credit because they have had a significant change in their circumstances which would previously have led them to make a new claim to a legacy benefit.

Data surrounding the number of households on Universal Credit in the parliamentary constituency of Torfaen and across Wales, along with payments issued in full and on time is published online and can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/.

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

The Department has committed to updating Parliament and stakeholders on progress surrounding our Move to Universal Credit pilot.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
16th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who were refused personal independence payment had that decision changed at mandatory reconsideration in Torfaen constituency in 2018-19.

In 2018-19, 1,110 initial decisions following a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment were made for claimants in the Torfaen constituency. Of the 470 claimants where the initial decision was not to award PIP, the number of cases where the award was changed at Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) was 20. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in Torfaen constituency claim universal credit.

Universal Credit is now the main system of working age welfare support across the country. It is available in every Jobcentre, with a caseload of over 2.7 million claimants, growing every month, now able to access the additional support and flexibilities it offers.

The latest available information on the number of people on Universal Credit for the parliamentary constituency of Torfaen is published and can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/.

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated to the Isolation Assurance Service from 1 June 2020 to 31 December 2020.

The Isolation Assurance Service (IAS) is undertaken through an existing Public Health England contract which has been formally updated and is on a rolling agreement with two-weeks’ notice. Sitel is the only company working on the IAS.

The IAS activity includes up to three calls and a text per eligible United Kingdom arrivals sampled. Between 9 June and 7 September 2020, 149,579 total calls and texts and 66,773 successful contacts were made to eligible arrivals via phone or SMS.

The spend on setting up and running the IAS to end of September 2020 was £664,000.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to the public purse is of the contract between the Isolation Assurance Service and Sitel to monitor people entering the UK who are required to quarantine during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Isolation Assurance Service (IAS) is undertaken through an existing Public Health England contract which has been formally updated and is on a rolling agreement with two-weeks’ notice. Sitel is the only company working on the IAS.

The IAS activity includes up to three calls and a text per eligible United Kingdom arrivals sampled. Between 9 June and 7 September 2020, 149,579 total calls and texts and 66,773 successful contacts were made to eligible arrivals via phone or SMS.

The spend on setting up and running the IAS to end of September 2020 was £664,000.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the duration is of the contract between the Isolation Assurance Service and Sitel in place to monitor quarantine compliance during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Isolation Assurance Service (IAS) is undertaken through an existing Public Health England contract which has been formally updated and is on a rolling agreement with two-weeks’ notice. Sitel is the only company working on the IAS.

The IAS activity includes up to three calls and a text per eligible United Kingdom arrivals sampled. Between 9 June and 7 September 2020, 149,579 total calls and texts and 66,773 successful contacts were made to eligible arrivals via phone or SMS.

The spend on setting up and running the IAS to end of September 2020 was £664,000.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been successfully contacted by Sitel by (a) telephone and (b) SMS since that company acquired the contract to monitor compliance with quarantine rules.

The Isolation Assurance Service (IAS) is undertaken through an existing Public Health England contract which has been formally updated and is on a rolling agreement with two-weeks’ notice. Sitel is the only company working on the IAS.

The IAS activity includes up to three calls and a text per eligible United Kingdom arrivals sampled. Between 9 June and 7 September 2020, 149,579 total calls and texts and 66,773 successful contacts were made to eligible arrivals via phone or SMS.

The spend on setting up and running the IAS to end of September 2020 was £664,000.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the dangers that perfluorooctanoic acid poses to the body.

Public Health England (PHE) has made no specific assessment of the implications on policies of the dangers that perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) poses to the body.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
30th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on allowing spouses of UK citizens, that are Chinese citizens to be repatriated to the UK from China.

The Foreign Secretary has spoken directly to his Chinese counterpart about the evacuation of British nationals from Hubei Province, and he raised the issue of dual-nationals and dependents, emphasising the importance of keeping families together. Contact with the Chinese authorities continued at Senior Official level. The Chinese Government did make a last-minute decision to allow dual nationals and dependents to board the UK flight which arrived at RAF Brize Norton on 31 January. At 1945 on 2 February, we successfully evacuated a further 11 people – 7 British nationals and 4 dependents. These figures were correct as of 4 February. We remain in close contact with the Chinese authorities and are working with international partners to provide other ways for British nationals who remain in Hubei to return home.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
30th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on allowing non-spouse family members of UK citizens, that are Chinese citizens to be repatriated to the UK from China.

The Foreign Secretary has spoken directly to his Chinese counterpart about the evacuation of British nationals from Hubei Province, and he raised the issue of dual-nationals and dependents, emphasising the importance of keeping families together. Contact with the Chinese authorities continued at Senior Official level. The Chinese Government did make a last-minute decision to allow dual nationals and dependents to board the UK flight which arrived at RAF Brize Norton on 31 January. At 1945 on 2 February, we successfully evacuated a further 11 people – 7 British nationals and 4 dependents. These figures were correct as of 4 February. We remain in close contact with the Chinese authorities and are working with international partners to provide other ways for British nationals who remain in Hubei to return home.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
30th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to repatriate UK citizens from China in response to the Coronavirus.

As the Foreign Secretary said on 30 January, the safety and security of British nationals will always be our top priority. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is in crisis mode to respond to those British Nationals affected by the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Our Embassy in Beijing and consular teams remain in close contact with British nationals in the region to ensure they have the latest information they need. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office organised a repatriation flight for British Nationals and other entitled persons in Hubei Province which landed on 31 January at RAF Brize Norton, carrying 83 British nationals, including some Government staff and medics, and 41 foreign nationals. On 2 February, we successfully evacuated a further 11 people – 7 British nationals and 4 dependents. They landed at RAF Brize Norton and were transferred to an isolation facility upon arrival. These figures were correct as of 4 February. We remain in close contact with the Chinese authorities and are working with international partners to provide other ways for British nationals still in Hubei to return home.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police recorded cases of human trafficking there were in (a) 2021, (b) 2020, (c) 2019 and (c) 2018.

The Home Office routinely publishes the number of human trafficking offences recorded by the police in England and Wales. Such offences are recorded within the Modern Slavery” category in the quarterly police recorded crime open data tables which can be found here:

Police recorded crime and outcomes open data tables - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff were employed during (a) 2021 and (b) 2019 in Border force.

The latest published staffing and finance figures for Border Force can be found in the Home Office Annual Report for 2020-2021 on page 107 at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/home-office-annual-report-and-accounts-2020-to-2021.

The published staffing and finance figures for Border Force can be found in the Home Office Annual Report for 2018-2019 on page 85 at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/home-office-annual-report-and-accounts-2018-to-2019.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department holds information on every (a) company or (b) employer found to be engaged in modern slavery offences in the UK, under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The Government does not hold the information in the requested format.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to replace in full the existing Border Force fleet of five cutters and six coastal patrol vessels; and whether she has made an estimate of the cost of replacing those cutters and vessels.

The Budget on 27 October 2021 announced funding of £74m over the spending review period for the replacement of Border Force’s current fleet of five Cutters and six Coastal Patrol Vessels. [The full cost of the programme, including beyond the SR period, is being developed]

Reflecting this we are taking steps to initiate a delivery programme which will include a strategic assessment of how best to maintain and enhance these capabilities.

The procurement process will support operational delivery, wider government objectives and value for money. It will be conducted in line with all relevant legislation and agreements and will appropriately reflect the nature of Border Force operations. My officials continue to work closely with the National Shipbuilding Office, which is leading activity on the refreshed National Shipbuilding Strategy.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
15th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the procurement process for the replacement of the UK’s cutter and coastal patrol vessel fleet will be covered by the warships exception set out in Item 47 of Annex 4 of the coverage schedules certified as part of the UK’s accession to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement.

The Budget on 27 October 2021 announced funding of £74m over the spending review period for the replacement of Border Force’s current fleet of five Cutters and six Coastal Patrol Vessels. [The full cost of the programme, including beyond the SR period, is being developed]

Reflecting this we are taking steps to initiate a delivery programme which will include a strategic assessment of how best to maintain and enhance these capabilities.

The procurement process will support operational delivery, wider government objectives and value for money. It will be conducted in line with all relevant legislation and agreements and will appropriately reflect the nature of Border Force operations. My officials continue to work closely with the National Shipbuilding Office, which is leading activity on the refreshed National Shipbuilding Strategy.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
8th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the net cash requirement allocated to her Department for 2020-21 has exceeded the amount provided by the Main Estimate by £1.25 billion; and if she will provide a breakdown of the spending areas the additional funding has been allocated to.

A rationale for the increase can be found in the 2020-21 Net Cash Requirement shown in the Supplementary Estimate.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passengers have arrived in the UK by air (a) in total between 1 June 2020 to 31 December 2020 (b) in each of those months.

The most recent immigration statistics were published on the 27th November 2020.

The links to the relevant information can be found below:

In addition, an ad hoc ‘Statistics relating to Covid-19 and the immigration system, was also published on the 27th November 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-year-ending-september-2020#history

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/statistics-relating-to-passenger-arrivals-since-the-covid-19-outbreak-november-2020

The next Immigration statistics is due to be published in February 2021.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from Commonwealth countries who have served in the British armed forces (a) applied for and (b) were granted (i) indefinite leave to remain and (ii) British citizenship in each year since 2010.

The Home Office does not hold published data on indefinite leave to remain applications, grants or refusals under the Appendix Armed Forces route. These are grouped together with other categories and published as ‘other’ in our published statistics:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-september-2020/how-many-people-continue-their-stay-in-the-uk-or-apply-to-stay-permanently

It is not possible to identify those from Commonwealth countries who have served in the British armed forces in the data for British citizenship applications, grants or refusals. Commonwealth citizens are naturalised in the same way as other applicants and service is not recorded in Home Office records.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from the Commonwealth countries who have served in the British armed forces (a) applied for and (b) were refused (i) indefinite leave to remain and (ii) British citizenship in each year since 2010.

The Home Office does not hold published data on indefinite leave to remain applications, grants or refusals under the Appendix Armed Forces route. These are grouped together with other categories and published as ‘other’ in our published statistics:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-september-2020/how-many-people-continue-their-stay-in-the-uk-or-apply-to-stay-permanently

It is not possible to identify those from Commonwealth countries who have served in the British armed forces in the data for British citizenship applications, grants or refusals. Commonwealth citizens are naturalised in the same way as other applicants and service is not recorded in Home Office records.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passengers in total have arrived in the UK by air from countries not included on the list of covid-19 travel corridors since 3 July 2020.

The Home Office does not routinely release location specific statistics on the arrival of passengers by specific modes of transport.

However, the Home Office is due to publish additional statistics relating to Covid-19 and the immigration system in the next few weeks.

This statistics will be published on the gov,uk website

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passengers have arrived in the UK by sea from countries not included on the list of covid-19 travel corridors since 3 July 2020.

The Home Office does not routinely release location specific statistics on the arrival of passengers by specific modes of transport.

However, the Home Office is due to publish additional statistics relating to Covid-19 and the immigration system in the next few weeks.

This statistics will be published on the gov,uk website

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passengers have arrived in the UK by rail from each country not included on the list of covid-19 travel corridors since 3 July 2020.

The Home Office does not routinely release location specific statistics on the arrival of passengers by specific modes of transport.

However, the Home Office is due to publish additional statistics relating to Covid-19 and the immigration system in the next few weeks.

This statistics will be published on the gov,uk website

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passengers have arrived in the UK by rail from countries not included on the list of covid-19 travel corridors since 3 July 2020.

The Home Office does not routinely release location specific statistics on the arrival of passengers by specific modes of transport.

However, the Home Office is due to publish additional statistics relating to Covid-19 and the immigration system in the next few weeks.

This statistics will be published on the gov,uk website

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passengers in total have arrived in the UK by air from each country not included on the list of covid-19 travel corridors since 3 July 2020.

The Home Office does not routinely release location specific statistics on the arrival of passengers by specific modes of transport.

However, the Home Office is due to publish additional statistics relating to Covid-19 and the immigration system in the next few weeks.

This statistics will be published on the gov,uk website

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visits to addresses given by people on Passenger Locator Forms, returning from countries that are not included in the Government's travel corridors, each police force has carried out since 3 July 2020.

Information relating to Health measures at the border and compliance with quarantine restrictions are available at www.gov.uk on the following link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/data-on-health-measures-at-the-uk-border/data-on-health-measures-at-the-uk-border

This includes compliance checks made by Public Health England and the number of calls made to eligible UK arrivals.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passengers have arrived in the UK by sea, by individual country, from those countries not included in the Government’s travel corridors, since 3 July 2020.

The Home Office does not routinely release location specific statistics on the arrival of passengers to an individual airport.

However, the Home Office is due to publish additional statistics relating to Covid-19 and the immigration system in the next few weeks.

These statistics will be published on the gov,uk website.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued to people returning from countries that are not included in the Government's travel corridors.

Border Force can issue fixed penalty notices (FPN) to passengers who have failed to complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) on arrival. The approach has been to use 4Es (engage, explain, encourage and enforce) to deal with arriving passengers who have not completed the PLF.

To date a total number of 11 fixed penalty notices have been issued.

For PLF completion Border Force do not distinguish between passengers arriving from exempt and non-exempt countries, so it is not possible to break down the FPN data further.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contacts Public Health England has made to addresses given by people on Passenger Locator Forms, returning from countries that are not exempt from the Government's travel corridors, since 3 July 2020.

Information relating to Health measures at the border and compliance with quarantine restrictions are available at www.gov.uk on the following link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/data-on-health-measures-at-the-uk-border/data-on-health-measures-at-the-uk-border

This includes compliance checks made by Public Health England and the number of calls made to eligible UK arrivals.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Passenger Locator Forms have been checked by UK Border Force Officials from those people returning from countries not included in the Government’s travel corridors, since 3 July 2020.

Border Force does not collect the data on country of origin, unless there is an issue with non-compliance, therefore, we do not hold that level of data.Border Force continues to operate a spot checking regime to support compliance with the PLF, and will balance the needs of this against a range of other factors, including the public health risk of queuing passengers in a confined space.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women are detained in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre.

The Home Office publishes statistics on people entering detention in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release’. Data on people entering detention under immigration powers by place of detention and sex, are published in Table Det_D01and on people in detention at the last day of each quarter in Table Det_D02 of the ‘immigration detention detailed datasets’. The ‘contents’ sheet contains an overview of all available data on detention.

Figures on people entering detention in Q3 2020 will be published on 26 November 2020. Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’.

The figures published in Det_D01 relate to the first place of detention. If an individual enters immigration detention in another part of the detention estate, or in prison before being moved to Yarl’s Wood, they will be recorded under that centre.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/returns-and-detention-datasets#immigration-detention

https://www.gov.uk/search/research-and-statistics?content_store_document_type=upcoming_statistics&organisations%5B%5D=home-office&order=release-date-oldest

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are detained in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre.

The Home Office publishes statistics on people entering detention in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release’. Data on people entering detention under immigration powers by place of detention and sex, are published in Table Det_D01and on people in detention at the last day of each quarter in Table Det_D02 of the ‘immigration detention detailed datasets’. The ‘contents’ sheet contains an overview of all available data on detention.

Figures on people entering detention in Q3 2020 will be published on 26 November 2020. Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’.

The figures published in Det_D01 relate to the first place of detention. If an individual enters immigration detention in another part of the detention estate, or in prison before being moved to Yarl’s Wood, they will be recorded under that centre.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/returns-and-detention-datasets#immigration-detention

https://www.gov.uk/search/research-and-statistics?content_store_document_type=upcoming_statistics&organisations%5B%5D=home-office&order=release-date-oldest

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) people, (b) men and (c) women were detained in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in each month from 1 July 2019.

The Home Office publishes statistics on people entering detention in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release’. Data on people entering detention under immigration powers by place of detention and sex, are published in Table Det_D01and on people in detention at the last day of each quarter in Table Det_D02 of the ‘immigration detention detailed datasets’. The ‘contents’ sheet contains an overview of all available data on detention.

Figures on people entering detention in Q3 2020 will be published on 26 November 2020. Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’.

The figures published in Det_D01 relate to the first place of detention. If an individual enters immigration detention in another part of the detention estate, or in prison before being moved to Yarl’s Wood, they will be recorded under that centre.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/returns-and-detention-datasets#immigration-detention

https://www.gov.uk/search/research-and-statistics?content_store_document_type=upcoming_statistics&organisations%5B%5D=home-office&order=release-date-oldest

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
6th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the serious violence taskforce last met.

The Serious Violence Taskforce was established in 2018 to oversee the implementation of the Serious Violence Strategy. It last met on 26 June 2019.

The Government remains incredibly grateful for the work of the Taskforce which brought together Ministers, senior leaders and key partners. The Taskforce influenced additional action and investment in this area, for example through the creation of the new £200m Youth Endowment Fund, the consultation on the new duty on agencies to reduce serious violence and the launch of the Independent Review of Drugs Misuse.

The Government’s Manifesto set out an ambitious package of reforms to deliver on the people’s priorities and tackle violent crime and safeguard people’s streets and neighbourhoods. The Prime Minister and Home Secretary are driving this with a new cross-Whitehall Crime and Justice Taskforce to ensure we use every lever at our disposal to fight crime.

We will consider the future role for the Serious Violence Taskforce in delivering these priorities, within this context.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
6th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the serious violence taskforce next plans to meet.

The Serious Violence Taskforce was established in 2018 to oversee the implementation of the Serious Violence Strategy. It last met on 26 June 2019.

The Government remains incredibly grateful for the work of the Taskforce which brought together Ministers, senior leaders and key partners. The Taskforce influenced additional action and investment in this area, for example through the creation of the new £200m Youth Endowment Fund, the consultation on the new duty on agencies to reduce serious violence and the launch of the Independent Review of Drugs Misuse.

The Government’s Manifesto set out an ambitious package of reforms to deliver on the people’s priorities and tackle violent crime and safeguard people’s streets and neighbourhoods. The Prime Minister and Home Secretary are driving this with a new cross-Whitehall Crime and Justice Taskforce to ensure we use every lever at our disposal to fight crime.

We will consider the future role for the Serious Violence Taskforce in delivering these priorities, within this context.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
22nd Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Border Force officials have been directed to routinely question people arriving in the UK from abroad with regard to symptoms of covid-19.

Border Force's remit does not extend to medical screening of passengers at ports.? Medical assessments of arriving passengers is for Public Health Officials.

Travellers returning to the UK are not specifically tested for coronavirus.

Passengers arriving to the UK have to complete traveller locator forms and quarantine for 14 days. Border Force undertake spot checks at the border to ensure the forms have been completed.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
22nd Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the evidential basis was for the decision for Border Force officials not to ask people arriving at UK airports from other countries to quarantine themselves.

Our approach to tackling coronavirus is and has always been driven by the latest scientific and medical advice, and procedures at the border have been strictly following the latest PHE guidance throughout.

During the contain phase we had enhanced monitoring at the borders to identify symptomatic travellers from high risk areas early and safely triage them into the health system.

Since 8 June, all passengers arriving in the UK have been required to complete a locator form as well as self-isolate for 14 days. This applies to all nationalities. Full details of these new measures, including the very limited exemptions to the new rules, can be found at www.gov.uk/uk-border-control.

Border Force continues to work collaboratively with devolved administrations, including Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England, to support the COVID 19 response

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
22nd Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps Border Force officials are taking to establish whether social distancing is taking place on aircraft arriving in the UK.

The health response at ports is a cross-government responsibility as is the work to protect critical supply chains. While Border Force are working closely with PHE, DHSC, DfT, Devolved Administrations, port operators and carriers to ensure arriving passengers have access to the latest PHE and government advice on arrival. The safety of passengers, including implementing any social distancing measures while on an aircraft, is the responsibility of the carrier.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
22nd Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessments her Department is undertaking on the effectiveness of the approaches of other countries on testing individuals arriving at airports from abroad.

Home Office Ministers continue to take advice from the scientific advice bodies, such as SAGE and Public Health England on the effectiveness of testing individuals on arrival. This includes other countries’ experiences.

Self-isolation requirements were introduced on 8 June for those coming into the UK to reduce the risk of new cases of infection being brought into the UK from overseas. This policy is a crucial part of our plan to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections in the UK. For the moment, temperature screening does not form part of measures imposed at the border as it is assessed not to provide an effective indication of being infected with coronavirus. Travellers may remain asymptomatic or will be able to mask symptoms, such as a high temperature, through medication.

There remain in place procedures for dealing with passengers who report as symptomatic upon arrival.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
22nd Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken by Border Force to ensure that people returning to the UK from abroad are aware of the latest Government guidelines on covid-19.

The health response at ports is a cross-government responsibility as is the work to protect critical supply chains. Border Force are working closely with DHSC, PHE, Devolved Administrations, port operators and carriers to ensure arriving passengers have access to the latest advice on arrival.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the timeframe is for the appointment of a new independent reviewer of Prevent; and what steps he is taking to ensure that the report on that review will be published by the statutory deadline of August 2020.

We are currently considering the next steps for the review and these will update the House in due course.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any child has been referred to Prevent on the basis of their (a) involvement with Extinction Rebellion, (b) attendance at school strikes for climate and (c) attendance at any other protest.

This information would be held by the Police, who are operationally independent of the Home Office. The Home Office does not hold data on individuals referred to Prevent.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests the UK made to EU member states under the European Arrest Warrant in the last 12 months.

The Home Office does not hold the information requested.

However, statistics on the European Arrest Warrant are published by the National Crime Agency each year. These figures include a breakdown of the numbers of requests made by the UK.

These figures are published at: http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/publications/european-arrest-warrant-statistics

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests under the European Arrest Warrant the UK received from EU member states in the last 12 months.

The Home Office does not hold the information requested.

However, statistics on the European Arrest Warrant are published by the National Crime Agency each year. These figures include a breakdown of the numbers of requests received from EU Member States.

These figures are published at: http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/publications/european-arrest-warrant-statistics

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions did EU member states access information about UK citizens using the Second generation Schengen Information System in the last 12 months.

The annual statistics on the use of the Schengen Information System (SIS II) is published annually by EU-LISA (EU Agency ensuring 24/7 operational management of EU large-scale IT systems) and is usually made available in February each year.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times UK law enforcement authorities accessed information on citizens of other EU member states using the Second generation Schengen Information System in the last 12 months.

The annual statistics on the use of the Schengen Information System (SIS II) is published annually by EU-LISA (EU Agency ensuring 24/7 operational management of EU large-scale IT systems) and is usually made available in February each year.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
23rd Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national offenders who have been released from custody early on licence (with conditions) with no fixed abode have been relocated in the last 12 months.

The Home Detention Curfew (HDC) scheme allows for the early release of offenders serving sentences of at least 12 weeks but no more than four years. Eligible prisoners can be released up to 135 days before their automatic release date but HDC is only permitted where the offender can provide a suitable, probation approved address to which they can be curfewed. Foreign National Offenders who have received a decision to deport are statutorily excluded from HDC, and those being considered for removal but whose decision is yet to be made are presumed unsuitable.

The End of Custody Temporary Release (ECTR) scheme allows for the release of low risk offenders who are within two months of their automatic release date. Foreign national offenders who are being removed from the UK and who have exhausted in-country rights of appeal against removal are statutorily excluded from ECTR.

No prisoner is released through the ECTR scheme is granted this unless suitable accommodation is identified first.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what criteria his Department uses to choose destinations for relocation of people released from custody early on licence (with conditions) with no fixed abode, and who are classified as foreign national offenders.

The Home Detention Curfew (HDC) scheme allows for the early release of offenders serving sentences of at least 12 weeks but no more than four years. Eligible prisoners can be released up to 135 days before their automatic release date but HDC is only permitted where the offender can provide a suitable, probation approved address to which they can be curfewed. Foreign National Offenders who have received a decision to deport are statutorily excluded from HDC, and those being considered for removal but whose decision is yet to be made are presumed unsuitable.

The End of Custody Temporary Release (ECTR) scheme allows for the release of low risk offenders who are within two months of their automatic release date. Foreign national offenders who are being removed from the UK and who have exhausted in-country rights of appeal against removal are statutorily excluded from ECTR.

No prisoner is released through the ECTR scheme is granted this unless suitable accommodation is identified first.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how local authorities are (a) notified and (b) supported by his Department when foreign national offenders are released from custody early on licence (with conditions) with no fixed abode.

The Home Detention Curfew (HDC) scheme allows for the early release of offenders serving sentences of at least 12 weeks but no more than four years. Eligible prisoners can be released up to 135 days before their automatic release date but HDC is only permitted where the offender can provide a suitable, probation approved address to which they can be curfewed. Foreign National Offenders who have received a decision to deport are statutorily excluded from HDC, and those being considered for removal but whose decision is yet to be made are presumed unsuitable.

The End of Custody Temporary Release (ECTR) scheme allows for the release of low risk offenders who are within two months of their automatic release date. Foreign national offenders who are being removed from the UK and who have exhausted in-country rights of appeal against removal are statutorily excluded from ECTR.

No prisoner is released through the ECTR scheme is granted this unless suitable accommodation is identified first.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)