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Written Question
Migrant Workers: Visas
Monday 15th January 2024

Asked by: Richard Thomson (Scottish National Party - Gordon)

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department had with the (a) fishing, (b) hospitality, (c) agricultural and (d) health and social care sector before announcing the proposed increase in minimum income threshold for overseas workers.

Answered by Tom Pursglove - Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)

The Government engages regularly with business sectors, including through a number of its advisory groups when developing its policies and will continue to strike the balance between reducing overall net migration and ensuring that businesses have the skills they need to support economic growth.


Written Question
Asylum: Kent
Tuesday 15th November 2022

Asked by: Richard Thomson (Scottish National Party - Gordon)

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were permitted to leave accommodation at (a) Western Jet Foil, (b) Lydd Airport and (c) Manston asylum processing centre on each day in September 2022.

Answered by Robert Jenrick

Home Office does not hold the requested data in a reportable format and there are currently no plans to publish this historic data.


Written Question
Asylum: Kent
Tuesday 15th November 2022

Asked by: Richard Thomson (Scottish National Party - Gordon)

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were accommodated at (a) Western Jet Foil, (b) Lydd Airport and (c) Manston asylum processing centre on each day in September 2022.

Answered by Robert Jenrick

Home Office does not hold the requested data in a reportable format and there are currently no plans to publish this historic data.


Written Question
Asylum: Housing
Monday 14th November 2022

Asked by: Richard Thomson (Scottish National Party - Gordon)

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places in accommodation alternative to Manston did she approve from (a) 6 to 11, (b) 12 to 18, (d) 19 to 25 and (e) 26 to 30 September 2022.

Answered by Robert Jenrick

I refer my Hon friend to my response given on 3 November 2022 under UIN 74944.

In the month to September 19 new hotel sites were brought into use providing additional bedspaces for over 2700 people


Written Question
Asylum: Housing
Thursday 3rd November 2022

Asked by: Richard Thomson (Scottish National Party - Gordon)

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places in accommodation alternative to Manston did she approve from (a) 6 to 11, (b) 12 to 18, (d) 19 to 25 and (e) 26 to 30 September 2022; when the first of those places was approved; and when the first place accommodated someone.

Answered by Robert Jenrick

The significant increase in dangerous journeys across the Channel is placing unprecedented strain on our asylum system.

We are committed to working closely with communities and stakeholders to ensure destitute asylum seekers are housed in safe, secure and suitable accommodation, and that they are treated with dignity, care and compassion while their asylum claim is considered. All appropriate options are being explored to ensure that suitable accommodation is secured as quickly as is necessary and hotels are one element.

In the month of September 19 new hotel sites were brought into use providing additional bedspaces for over 2700 people

A breakdown of individual hotels, approvals, online and occupancy could only be provided at disproportionate cost.