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Yvette Cooper

Labour - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford

Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department

(since November 2021)
1 APPG membership (as of 4 May 2022)
Civic Societies
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)
11th May 2020 - 25th Jan 2022
Liaison Committee (Commons)
20th May 2020 - 15th Dec 2021
Home Affairs Committee
27th Jan 2020 - 1st Dec 2021
Liaison Committee Sub-committee on the effectiveness and influence of the select committee system
13th Feb 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Liaison Committee (Commons)
6th Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)
30th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Home Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)
28th Nov 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Home Affairs Committee
19th Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Liaison Committee (Commons)
19th Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Shadow Home Secretary
20th Jan 2011 - 14th Sep 2015
Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)
20th Jan 2011 - 7th Oct 2013
Shadow Foreign Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities
8th Oct 2010 - 20th Jan 2011
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
12th May 2010 - 8th Oct 2010
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
6th Jun 2009 - 6th May 2010
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
24th Jan 2008 - 5th Jun 2009
Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing)
28th Jun 2007 - 24th Jan 2008
Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)
5th May 2006 - 28th Jun 2007
Minister of State (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Housing and Planning)
10th May 2005 - 5th May 2006
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Regeneration and Regional Developement)
13th Jun 2003 - 10th May 2005
Parliamentary Secretary (Lord Chancellor's Department)
29th May 2002 - 13th Jun 2003
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)
11th Oct 1999 - 28th May 2002
Employment Sub-committee
23rd Jul 1997 - 29th Nov 1999
Education & Employment
14th Jul 1997 - 29th Nov 1999


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Division Votes
Wednesday 27th April 2022
Elections Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 151 Labour No votes vs 0 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 306 Noes - 213
Speeches
Wednesday 11th May 2022
Preventing Crime and Delivering Justice
My hon. Friend is right. I have also heard of cases where one family member does not get their visa, …
Written Answers
Thursday 28th April 2022
Passports: Applications
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK passport applications her Department processed in each …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Tuesday 2nd April 2019
European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019
A Bill to make provision in connection with the period for negotiations for withdrawing from the European Union.
Tweets
Wednesday 9th March 2022
18:28
MP Financial Interests
Monday 31st January 2022
2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2(a)
Name of donor: MPM Connect Ltd
Address of donor: Grenville House, 4 Grenville Avenue, Broxbourne EN10 7DH
Amount of donation …
EDM signed
Tuesday 22nd June 2021
GKN Automotive alternative plan
That this House is alarmed by GKN Automotive’s decision to close its Birmingham factory next year, with the loss of …
Supported Legislation
European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Bill 2017-19
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Yvette Cooper has voted in 407 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford 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).

Petitions with highest Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford signature proportion
Petitions with most Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford signatures
Petition Debates Contributed

We ask Parliament to repeal the High Speed Rail Bills, 2016 and 2019, as MPs voted on misleading environmental, financial and timetable information provided by the Dept of Transport and HS2 Ltd. It fails to address the conditions of the Paris Accord and costs have risen from £56bn to over £100bn.


Latest EDMs signed by Yvette Cooper

22nd June 2021
Yvette Cooper signed this EDM on Tuesday 22nd June 2021

GKN Automotive alternative plan

Tabled by: Jack Dromey (Labour - Birmingham, Erdington)
That this House is alarmed by GKN Automotive’s decision to close its Birmingham factory next year, with the loss of over 500 highly skilled jobs and work transferred to continental Europe; notes that GKN’s origins trace back to the industrial revolution, with over 260 years of history that include making …
68 signatures
(Most recent: 27 Apr 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 63
Independent: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
15th October 2019
Yvette Cooper signed this EDM on Monday 21st October 2019

Sale of First West Yorkshire

Tabled by: Alex Sobel (Labour (Co-op) - Leeds North West)
That this House notes that FirstGroup plc is selling its UK bus operation; calls on FirstGroup to sell its West Yorkshire division separately from the rest of its FirstGroup bus operation; notes the comments of Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake that the sale is an opportunity for West Yorkshire …
8 signatures
(Most recent: 22 Oct 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 5
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Independent: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Yvette Cooper, 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.


2 Urgent Questions tabled by Yvette Cooper

Wednesday 27th April 2022
Thursday 31st March 2022

1 Adjournment Debate led by Yvette Cooper

Monday 2nd November 2020

3 Bills introduced by Yvette Cooper


A Bill to make provision in connection with the period for negotiations for withdrawing from the European Union.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Monday 8th April 2019 and was enacted into law.


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. To make provision in connection with the period for negotiations for withdrawing from the European Union.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 13th February 2019
Next Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Date TBA

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. Make provision in connection with the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 21st January 2019
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79 Written Questions in the current parliament

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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
3 Other Department Questions
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of people who apply successfully to be hosts through the Homes for Ukraine will be able to provide sanctuary to people fleeing Ukraine in the next (a) week, (b) two weeks and (c) month.

I refer the Rt Hon Member to the answers given to Question UIN 145857 on 28 March 2022 and Question UIN 144955 on 29 March 2022, which include links to published guidance and information at Gov.uk.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
8th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the Secretary of State of the Home Department's oral statement on 1 March 2022, Official report, column 916, how many people his Department expects will come to the UK through the humanitarian sponsorship pathway over the next three months; and when his Department expects the first people using that pathway to arrive.

I refer the Hon Member to the Secretary of State's oral statement to Parliament of 14 March 2022.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
8th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to Secretary of State for the Home Department's oral statement on 1 March 2022, Official report, column 916, whether the humanitarian sponsorship pathway will operate in a similar way to the community sponsorship scheme.

I refer the Hon Member to the Secretary of State's oral statement to Parliament of 14 March 2022.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
13th Feb 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, with reference to the Answer of 15 October 2019 to Question 748, what the timetable is for the establishment of an Office for Tackling Injustices; and if he will publish the structural and staffing arrangements for that Office.

We are considering how best to take forward the work of the Office for Tackling Injustices in the light of the new Government’s domestic priorities, and the urgent necessity to focus on the response to the Coronavirus crisis.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to what extent the proposed deposit return scheme for England and Wales will mirror the Scottish Government’s scheme.

We will continue to work closely with the devolved administrations as we develop proposals for a deposit return scheme in England. This also includes engaging with Scotland to learn from the earlier introduction of a Scottish deposit return scheme and to ensure that a deposit return scheme in the rest of the UK can work coherently alongside a Scottish scheme. We want to design and implement a deposit return scheme that will be most effective in helping achieve our policy goals.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his department has made an assessment of the carbon impacts of including glass in a future deposit return scheme for single use packaging.

Defra has been developing proposals for a deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers using further evidence and ongoing engagement with stakeholders. As part of this work, we have conducted further cost benefit analysis on the inclusion of glass in a DRS. The interim findings demonstrate that the inclusion of glass in the long term has a higher value than not including glass, given the potential for increased collection and recycling rates and the resulting greater reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Officials have also continued to meet with the glass industry on several occasions to discuss the inclusion of glass in a DRS. British Glass is a member of our DRS Industry Working Group and sits on Defra’s Packaging and Collections Working Group which provides input on the department’s collections and packaging reforms.

An Impact Assessment will be published alongside the second consultation which is due to be published shortly, which assesses the costs and benefits of a DRS, including the costs to business and the expected impact a DRS will have on recycling rates.

The Government’s commitment to introducing a DRS is part of its commitments to reform producer responsibility systems to incentivise producers to take greater responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what economic impact assessments the Government has undertaken in relation to the proposed deposit return scheme for England and Wales.

Defra has been developing proposals for a deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers using further evidence and ongoing engagement with stakeholders. As part of this work, we have conducted further cost benefit analysis on the inclusion of glass in a DRS. The interim findings demonstrate that the inclusion of glass in the long term has a higher value than not including glass, given the potential for increased collection and recycling rates and the resulting greater reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Officials have also continued to meet with the glass industry on several occasions to discuss the inclusion of glass in a DRS. British Glass is a member of our DRS Industry Working Group and sits on Defra’s Packaging and Collections Working Group which provides input on the department’s collections and packaging reforms.

An Impact Assessment will be published alongside the second consultation which is due to be published shortly, which assesses the costs and benefits of a DRS, including the costs to business and the expected impact a DRS will have on recycling rates.

The Government’s commitment to introducing a DRS is part of its commitments to reform producer responsibility systems to incentivise producers to take greater responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has modelled the effect of including glass in the proposed deposit return scheme on existing kerbside recycling rates.

Defra has been developing proposals for a deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers using further evidence and ongoing engagement with stakeholders. As part of this work, we have conducted further cost benefit analysis on the inclusion of glass in a DRS. The interim findings demonstrate that the inclusion of glass in the long term has a higher value than not including glass, given the potential for increased collection and recycling rates and the resulting greater reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Officials have also continued to meet with the glass industry on several occasions to discuss the inclusion of glass in a DRS. British Glass is a member of our DRS Industry Working Group and sits on Defra’s Packaging and Collections Working Group which provides input on the department’s collections and packaging reforms.

An Impact Assessment will be published alongside the second consultation which is due to be published shortly, which assesses the costs and benefits of a DRS, including the costs to business and the expected impact a DRS will have on recycling rates.

The Government’s commitment to introducing a DRS is part of its commitments to reform producer responsibility systems to incentivise producers to take greater responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what modelling his Department is using to assess the effect of including glass in a deposit return scheme on existing recycling rates.

Defra has been developing proposals for a deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers using further evidence and ongoing engagement with stakeholders. As part of this work, we have conducted further cost benefit analysis on the inclusion of glass in a DRS. The interim findings demonstrate that the inclusion of glass in the long term has a higher value than not including glass, given the potential for increased collection and recycling rates and the resulting greater reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Officials have also continued to meet with the glass industry on several occasions to discuss the inclusion of glass in a DRS. British Glass is a member of our DRS Industry Working Group and sits on Defra’s Packaging and Collections Working Group which provides input on the department’s collections and packaging reforms.

An Impact Assessment will be published alongside the second consultation which is due to be published shortly, which assesses the costs and benefits of a DRS, including the costs to business and the expected impact a DRS will have on recycling rates.

The Government’s commitment to introducing a DRS is part of its commitments to reform producer responsibility systems to incentivise producers to take greater responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of unemployed people aged over 60 who are unable to claim universal credit but (a) have not reached the state pension age and (b) have a low household income.

No such estimate has been made.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has reviewed the eligibility criteria for Support for Mortgage Interest payments during the covid-19 pandemic.

The Department has not reviewed the eligibility criteria for Support for Mortgage Interest payments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to support people aged 60 and over who have been made redundant and who are ineligible to claim universal credit and have not yet reached the state pension age.

The Department recognises that work is the best route to prosperity. Claimants who are not eligible for Universal Credit may be eligible for contributory benefits, which are not means tested. Claimants in receipt of contributory benefits can access our wider Jobcentre offer, including tailored support from a dedicated Work Coach.

Furthermore, the Rapid Response Service (RRS) supports eligible people regardless of age who are serving their notice period, whether from compulsory redundancy or other workforce measures such as an early release scheme. The RRS offer is flexible and includes a range of options that can be pulled together into an appropriate support package. Those who do not find alternative employment before losing their job can access the same support as those under notice of redundancy for a period of 13 weeks, irrespective of whether they make a claim for benefit or not.

Mid-life MOTs, which offer support from the National Careers Service, Public Health England and Money and Pensions Service are freely available to anyone considering a change in career.

People who are not in receipt of any benefits can still access support on-line. Find a Job is the Government’s official job matching service for those looking for work, employers looking to recruit and recruitment agencies who recruit on their behalf. In addition, the DWP launched the JobHelp website, which provides useful guidance and tools for jobseekers including hints and tips, job search advice, information about recruiting sectors and signposts to job vacancies to help people successfully find work.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of (a) trends in unemployment among people aged over 60 and (b) the effect of that matter on their household incomes if they have not yet reached the state pension age and are ineligible for welfare benefit payments.

The unemployment rate for 60-64 year olds in the year to September 2020 was 3.5% (or 75,800 people), an increase from 3.1% (or 67,100 people) in the year to September 2019. This remains a lower rate than the year to September 2010 when it was 3.8%.

No assessment has been made as to the effect of that matter on their household incomes if they have not yet reached the State Pension age and are ineligible for welfare benefit payments.

Official statistics on household income, including households containing pensioners, are available from the Family Resources Survey (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/family-resources-survey--2

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the data on the country of origin of inbound passengers testing positive for covid-19 up to 10 days after arrival in the UK by variant of concern in each week of the last three months.

Data is published fortnightly cycle on the number of positive COVID-19 cases for England arrivals, by country of origin. In order to ensure data confidentiality and to avoid individuals being identifiable, we have suppressed any counts less than three. Due to small sample sizes we are therefore unable to publish data from each country of origin, by specific variants of concern.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the data on the country of origin of inbound passengers testing positive for covid-19 up to 10 days after arrival in the UK in each week of the last three months, by variant of concern where possible.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before prorogation.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
26th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the most recent (a) number and (b) proportion of population by age of people vaccinated against covid-19 in each electoral ward in Normanton, Pontefract, and Castleford constituency.

The data is not available in the format requested. NHS England publishes daily data for vaccinations in England, showing the total first and second doses given to date by region. NHS England also publishes the number of vaccinations in each lower tier local authority, each Middle Layer Super Output Area and each constituency by age group, which is updated weekly. The data is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-vaccinations/

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the common risks of exposures of people who contracted covid-19 by setting in each local authority area in each week during the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown.

Data on the number of COVID-19 cases with common exposure settings are included in the weekly national flu and COVID-19 surveillance graphs, which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-flu-and-covid-19-surveillance-reports

These common settings are indicative and do not necessarily mean that transmission definitively occurred in the setting.

Data is not available at local authority level.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the statement by the Chief Medical Officer on 9 March 2020 that, The risk is that if we go too early people will understandably get fatigued and we won't be able to sustain it over time, if he will publish the behavioural modelling underpinning the Government's approach to tackling the covid-19 outbreak.

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies has published the scientific evidence supporting the Government response to COVID-19, including behavioural modelling, available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-scientific-evidence-supporting-the-uk-government-response

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the Government’s modelling estimates the average likelihood is of a UK resident catching covid-19 in the next seven days; and what the estimated peak of the covid-19 outbreak is for (a) individuals who do not follow the Government’s advice on reducing the spread of the virus, (b) individuals who do follow the Government’s advice and (c) individuals who go further than the Government's advice and reduce their social contact.

The Government relies on modelling work undertaken by several academic groups, who report to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies through its various subgroups. A collection of modelling information which has informed decision making on COVID-19 has now been published at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-sage-coronavirus-covid-19-response

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the Government will estimate (a) the level of prevalence of and (b) rates of infection and immunity to covid-19 if symptomatic patients are not tested.

The levels of prevalence and rates of infection are calculated based on laboratory confirmed cases. Public Health England (PHE) conducts surveillance of COVID-19 infection using a variety of data sources.

These include surveillance of influenza-like illness presenting to primary care, surveillance of outbreaks in schools, care homes and other community settings. PHE and the National Health Service have also established a surveillance system that reports daily on COVID-19 infections in persons requiring hospital and intensive care admissions.

Plans are in place for serological surveillance to collect data on the prevalence of infection as the outbreak progresses. This will involve the testing of samples from different sources to inform the epidemiological characterisation of COVID-19 immunity in the population.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the guidance is for people (a) who are elderly and (b) with relevant underlying heath conditions on how they can reduce or minimise their personal risk of contracting covid-19.

Guidance has been published on social distancing for everyone in the United Kingdom and protecting older people and vulnerable persons. This includes advice for those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 to be particularly strict in following social distancing measures. This guidance is available to view at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Guidance has also been published for people who are at particularly high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers. This guidance is available to view at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Letters will be sent out from Monday 23 March 2020 strongly advising those most at risk from COVID-19 to self-isolate for at least 12 weeks.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the Government’s modelling suggests the peak level of covid-19 infection will be; how many people will be infected at that point; and what the confidence intervals are around that projection.

The Government relies on modelling work undertaken by several academic groups, who report to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies through its various subgroups. A collection of modelling information which has informed decision making on COVID-19 has now been published at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-sage-coronavirus-covid-19-response

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish (a) the Government’s modelling of the delay to and reduction in the peak of the UK covid-19 outbreak (i) most likely to be achieved by the steps announced on 12 March 2020 and (ii) which would be achieved if additional social distancing measures were adopted as of 16 March 2020, (b) the assumptions behind the behavioural models on the (A) level and (B) length of public take up of measures and (c) the sensitivity of the behavioural models to those assumptions.

The Government relies on modelling work undertaken by several academic groups, who report to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies through its various subgroups. A collection of modelling information which has informed decision making on COVID-19 has now been published at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-sage-coronavirus-covid-19-response

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the national capacity of (a) intensive care unit beds and (b) ventilators is; what level of capacity he estimates reaching in the next four weeks; and what proportion of covid-19 cases are likely to require (i) intensive care, (ii) oxygen therapy and (iii) ventilation treatment.

The standard capacity of the National Health Service’s critical care beds in the United Kingdom is approximately 4,000. The number of critical care beds available to the NHS has risen by over 3,000. This does not include further additional capacity being created in Nightingale Hospitals.

At the start of the crisis in March the NHS across the UK had access to over 8,000 mechanical ventilators. The number of mechanical and non-invasive ventilators sourced for the NHS has increased by over 4,000. These figures are expected to rise as we procure further equipment and products from the Prime Minister’s ventilator challenge.

NHS capacity predictors show that the NHS remains with sufficient capacity to meet and exceed demand. Modelling by Imperial College London has predicted intensive care capacity usage which can be found at:

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/medicine/sph/ide/gida-fellowships/Imperial-College-COVID19-NPI-modelling-16-03-2020.pdf

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the Government will assess whether the steps being taken are delaying the spread of covid-19 in the absence of full testing.

Since February, the Government has had a sophisticated surveillance programme in place to test for COVID-19.

In addition to having expanded testing more generally, and continuing to do so, Public Health England specifically tests a sample of the population in order to assess the level of virus circulating in the community.

This helps us to understand what proportion of the population is affected at a given time and is used by modellers to estimate where we are in the pandemic and to assess the impact of the steps that have been taken.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral statement on Coronavirus, 3 March 2020, Official Report, column 771, what steps he is taking to support people that are dependent on informal social care from family members in the event that covid-19 results in those family members (a) unable to and (b) advised not to provide that care.

Public Health England (PHE) has published guidance for vulnerable groups which is available to view at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

COVID-19 guidance for residential care, supported living and home care is published at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance

The Stay at Home guidance on self-isolation can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The Department is working with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and local authorities to make sure there will be care for vulnerable individuals who normally rely on informal care in the event that family members are unable to or are advised not to provide that care.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether spending on the UK-Rwanda Migration Partnership will be counted as Overseas Development Assistance.

The funding for the Migration and Economic Development Partnership with Rwanda is not from the Official Development Assistance budget.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
26th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK passport applications her Department processed in each quarter since 2015.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
26th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passport applications processed by her Department missed the 10-week processing target in each year since 2015.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting times are between a visa being issued and a decision letter being sent to applicants under the (a) Ukraine Family Scheme and (b) Homes for Ukraine scheme.

The information you have requested is not contained within published data. To provide this information would require a manual trawl of data and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether spending on the UK-Rwanda Migration Partnership will come out of the existing Home Office departmental budget.

Funding for the Migration and Economic Development Partnership has been agreed as part of the Home Office settlement with HMT.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the proportion of applicants to the (a) Ukraine Family Scheme and (b) Homes for Ukraine scheme who are completing the whole visa process (i) online and (ii) at visa application centres.

Applications from Ukraine nationals are being prioritised by UKVI.

Information on the number of visas granted under the Ukraine Family Scheme can be found in our published data on the GOV.UK webpage: Ukraine Family Scheme: application data - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

To capture numbers beyond this data would require a manual trawl and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average wait time for a visa application centre appointment for Ukrainian applicants in the visa application centres in (a) Warsaw, (b) Rzeszów, (c) Paris, (d) Brussels, (e) Budapest, (f) Chisinau, and (g) Bucharest.

Applications from Ukraine nationals are being prioritised by UKVI.

Information on the number of visas granted under the Ukraine Family Scheme can be found in our published data on the GOV.UK webpage: Ukraine Family Scheme: application data - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

To capture numbers beyond this data would require a manual trawl and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of child applicants to the (a) Ukraine Family Scheme and (b) Homes for Ukraine scheme are (i) applying online or (ii) attending visa application centres.

Applications from Ukrainian nationals for both the Ukraine Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine Scheme are being prioritised by UKVI.

Information on the number of visas granted under the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Homes for Ukraine Scheme can be found in our published data on the GOV.UK webpage: Ukraine Family Scheme: application data - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Information requested which is not contained within this published data is not routinely captured. To capture numbers would require a manual trawl of data and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of adult applicants to the (a) Ukraine Family Scheme and (b) Homes for Ukraine scheme are parents travelling with children.

Applications from Ukrainian nationals for both the Ukraine Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine Scheme are being prioritised by UKVI.

Information on the number of visas granted under the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Homes for Ukraine Scheme can be found in our published data on the GOV.UK webpage: Ukraine Family Scheme: application data - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Information requested which is not contained within this published data is not routinely captured. To capture numbers would require a manual trawl of data and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of adult applicants to the (a) Ukraine Family Scheme and (b) Homes for Ukraine scheme are part of family groups which include children under 18.

Applications from Ukrainian nationals for both the Ukraine Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine Scheme are being prioritised by UKVI.

Information on the number of visas granted under the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Homes for Ukraine Scheme can be found in our published data on the GOV.UK webpage: Ukraine Family Scheme: application data - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Information requested which is not contained within this published data is not routinely captured. To capture numbers would require a manual trawl of data and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) adult applicants and (b) child applicants there are in total for the (i) Ukraine Family scheme and the (ii) Homes for Ukraine scheme.

Applications from Ukrainian nationals for both the Ukraine Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine Scheme are being prioritised by UKVI.

Information on the number of visas granted under the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Homes for Ukraine Scheme can be found in our published data on the GOV.UK webpage: Ukraine Family Scheme: application data - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Information requested which is not contained within this published data is not routinely captured. To capture numbers would require a manual trawl of data and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average number of days is between a refugee from Ukraine attending visa application centre appointment and being granted a visa.

Applications from Ukrainian nationals for both the Ukraine Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine Scheme are being prioritised by UKVI.

Information on the number of visas granted under the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Homes for Ukraine Scheme can be found in our published data on the GOV.UK webpage: Ukraine Family Scheme: application data - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Information requested which is not contained within this published data is not routinely captured. To capture numbers would require a manual trawl of data and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the average amount of time it takes an applicant to complete an application under (a) the Ukraine Family Scheme and (b) the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

The Home Office does not capture the average time taken for an applicant to complete an application under the Ukraine Family Scheme or Homes for Ukraine Scheme.

To capture this would require a manual trawl of data and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Ukrainian nationals have applied for asylum in the UK since 24 February 2022.

The Home Office publishes data on asylum and resettlement in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release’. Data on the number of asylum applications broken down by nationality are published in table Asy_D01 of the asylum and resettlement detailed datasets.

Information on how to use the datasets can be found in the ‘Notes’ page of the workbook. The latest data relates to December 2021. Data for the period relating to January – March 2022 is set to be published on the 26 May 2022.

Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the average length of time taken between an application being made and a visa being awarded through the (a) the Ukraine Family Scheme and (b) Homes for Ukraine scheme.

Applications made under the Ukraine Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine are being prioritised, where further information is needed on an application, UKVI will contact the customer as a priority.

As part of the Home Office’s commitment to make it easier for applicants to apply to our schemes, since 15 March Ukrainians with valid passports no longer need to go to a Visa Application Centre to give their biometrics before they come to the UK.

The Home Office does not capture the average length of time between applications being submitted and granted under either the Ukraine Family Scheme or Homes for Ukraine Scheme.

To capture this would require a manual trawl of data and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2022 to Question 144837 on Visas: Ukraine, when her Department intends to publish figures on the number of visas issued under the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

The information is already in the public domain at the following address.

Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme: visa data - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
22nd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visas have been issued under the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

The Scheme has only been running for a short period so far, details on the number of visas issued will be released in due course.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
22nd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Ukrainian children who lack individual passports are required to attend visa application centres to apply for the (a) the Ukraine Family Scheme and (b) Homes for Ukraine scheme.

If children have a valid passport, they will not need to give biometrics.

If a child does not have a valid passport, they will need to attend a VAC to have their biometric information taken.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average waiting time for appointments at visa application centres for those applying under the Ukraine Family Scheme.

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

The Home Office has surged capacity to European countries including Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Moldova, Poland and Romania. This work has increased the total capacity of UKVI of over 13,000 appointments being available for visa applicants across the region.

As part of the Home Office’s commitment to make it easier for applicants to apply to our schemes, since 15 March Ukrainians with passports no longer need to go to a Visa Application Centre to give their biometrics before they come to the UK.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many additional caseworkers has her Department assigned to process applications to the Ukraine Family Scheme since its introduction.

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

We have UKVI staff in the UK who are working seven days a week to process the Ukraine Family Scheme applications.

The Home Office has also surged capacity to European countries including Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Moldova, Poland and Romania. This work has increased the total capacity of UKVI across the region with over 13,000 appointments being available for visa applicants.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant of her oral statement of 1 March 2022, whether the Government will provide financial support to partner organisations to the Ukraine sponsorship pathway.

The Homes for Ukraine scheme was launched on 14 March 2022 by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. Information on the scheme can be found at:

Homes for Ukraine: guidance for councils - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her oral statement of 1 March 2022, whether a 19 year old from Ukraine seeking to join her aunt and uncle living in the UK would be eligible to apply to the Ukraine Family Scheme.

As set out in the Home Secretary’s statement to the House on 1 March, a fee free, bespoke Ukraine Family Scheme has been introduced. The route allows both the immediate (spouse, civil partner, durable partner, minor children) and extended (parent, grandparent, adult children, grandchildren, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in laws and their immediate family) family members to join their relatives in the UK.

The UK-based sponsoring relative must be a British citizen, a person who is present and settled in the UK (including those with settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme), a person in the UK with refugee leave or with humanitarian protection, or a person in the UK with limited leave under Appendix EU (pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme). This route was launched on 4 March.

A niece is permitted to join her aunt and uncle in the UK under the Ukraine Family Scheme if those relatives have the appropriate status to sponsor as a UK-based relative under the scheme.

A person who is in the UK as a visitor would not qualify as a UK-based sponsor and would not be covered by the scheme to bring relatives to the UK.

We continue to keep the situation in Ukraine under constant review. Further information on the visa process for Ukrainian family members who wish to come to the UK can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/support-for-family-members-of-british-nationals-in-ukraine-and-ukrainian-nationals-in-ukraine-and-the-uk#non-british-family-members-of-british-nationals-in-ukraine

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her oral statement of 1 March 2022, whether someone living in the UK on a visitor visa who wants to bring an elderly aunt or uncle to the UK from Ukraine would be covered by the Ukraine Family Scheme.

As set out in the Home Secretary’s statement to the House on 1 March, a fee free, bespoke Ukraine Family Scheme has been introduced. The route allows both the immediate (spouse, civil partner, durable partner, minor children) and extended (parent, grandparent, adult children, grandchildren, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in laws and their immediate family) family members to join their relatives in the UK.

The UK-based sponsoring relative must be a British citizen, a person who is present and settled in the UK (including those with settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme), a person in the UK with refugee leave or with humanitarian protection, or a person in the UK with limited leave under Appendix EU (pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme). This route was launched on 4 March.

A niece is permitted to join her aunt and uncle in the UK under the Ukraine Family Scheme if those relatives have the appropriate status to sponsor as a UK-based relative under the scheme.

A person who is in the UK as a visitor would not qualify as a UK-based sponsor and would not be covered by the scheme to bring relatives to the UK.

We continue to keep the situation in Ukraine under constant review. Further information on the visa process for Ukrainian family members who wish to come to the UK can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/support-for-family-members-of-british-nationals-in-ukraine-and-ukrainian-nationals-in-ukraine-and-the-uk#non-british-family-members-of-british-nationals-in-ukraine

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her oral statement of 1 March 2022, when further information on the humanitarian sponsorship pathway will be published.

The Homes for Ukraine scheme opened for applications on 18 March.

Information on the scheme can be found at: Homes for Ukraine – Homes for Ukraine – Local Sponsorship Scheme for Ukraine (campaign.gov.uk).

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant of her oral statement of 1 March 2022, when further information on the Ukraine humanitarian sponsorship pathway will be published.

The Homes for Ukraine scheme opened for applications on 18 March.

Information on the scheme can be found at: Homes for Ukraine – Homes for Ukraine – Local Sponsorship Scheme for Ukraine (campaign.gov.uk).

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral Statement of 1 March 2022, Official Report, column 915, whether the (a) aunts and uncles and (b) unaccompanied nieces and nephews of people living in the UK are eligible to come to the UK from Ukraine via a family migration visa.

As set out in the Home Secretary’s statement to the House on 1 March, a fee free, bespoke Ukraine Family Scheme has been introduced. The route allows both the immediate family members (spouse, civil partner, durable partner, minor children) and extended family members (parent, grandparent, adult children, grandchildren, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in laws and their immediate family) to join their relatives in the UK. The UK-based sponsoring relative must be a British citizen, a person who is present and settled in the UK (including those with settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme), a person in the UK with refugee leave or with humanitarian protection or an EEA or Swiss national in the UK with limited leave under Appendix EU (pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme). This route was launched on 4 March.

People in the UK on work study or visit visas, who have not acquired settled status will not be permitted to sponsor a relative under the Ukraine Family Scheme. However, on 18 March the Government launched the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, which enables individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for Ukrainians, and their immediate family members, forced to escape their homeland. Ukrainian nationals resident in the UK with at least six months’ leave can qualify to sponsor under this scheme if they are able to offer suitable accommodation and pass security checks. Further information about the Homes for Ukraine Scheme has been published here:

https://homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk/

Ukrainian nationals in the UK on visit visas will be able to sponsor under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, if they extend their stay under the new Ukraine Extension Scheme, which was announced on 29 March 2022. This scheme will launch on 3 May 2022 and will allow Ukrainian nationals and their partners or children who had leave to remain in the UK on 18 March 2022, or whose right to remain has expired since 1 January 2022, to apply to extend their stay in the UK for a period of three years. Further information on the scheme can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/support-for-family-members-of-british-nationals-in-ukraine-and-ukrainian-nationals-in-ukraine-and-the-uk#if-youre-ukrainian-and-are-already-in-the-uk

We are setting no limit on the numbers of people who can come here. We will be glad to welcome as many Ukrainians as wish to come.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral Statement of 1 March 2022, Official Report, column 915, what happens to people coming to the United Kingdom from Ukraine if their visitor visa has expired and who do not qualify for a family visa or a skilled worker visa.

The Government has already established the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Homes for Ukraine Scheme. These have provided flexibility for those already in the UK to enable them to switch visas where they would not normally be able to, including visitors.

The Government is now going further still by launching a new Ukraine Extension Scheme on 3 May. Ukrainian nationals and their partner and children who had permission to stay in the UK on 18 March 2022 (or which has recently expired) will be able to stay in the UK under the Ukraine Extension Scheme. Eligibility for permission to stay will include those who were in the UK as visitors.

Successful applicants will be granted permission to stay in the UK for 3 years with full access to work, study and public funds.

The Ukraine Family Scheme, Homes for Ukraine Scheme and Ukraine Extension Scheme are all free of charge with no requirement to pay any application fee or broader charges such as the Immigration Health Surcharge. There will be no limit to the number of Ukrainians who can benefit.

These new routes show the UK stands shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine and its citizens. The changes we are making to the visa process are making it quicker and simpler for Ukrainians to come here, as well as ensuring those already here can stay.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral Statement of 1 March 2022, Official Report, column 915, what charges people coming to the United Kingdom from Ukraine on a visitor visa are required to pay to transfer to a (a) family visa or (b) skilled worker visa.

The Government has already established the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Homes for Ukraine Scheme. These have provided flexibility for those already in the UK to enable them to switch visas where they would not normally be able to, including visitors.

The Government is now going further still by launching a new Ukraine Extension Scheme on 3 May. Ukrainian nationals and their partner and children who had permission to stay in the UK on 18 March 2022 (or which has recently expired) will be able to stay in the UK under the Ukraine Extension Scheme. Eligibility for permission to stay will include those who were in the UK as visitors.

Successful applicants will be granted permission to stay in the UK for 3 years with full access to work, study and public funds.

The Ukraine Family Scheme, Homes for Ukraine Scheme and Ukraine Extension Scheme are all free of charge with no requirement to pay any application fee or broader charges such as the Immigration Health Surcharge. There will be no limit to the number of Ukrainians who can benefit.

These new routes show the UK stands shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine and its citizens. The changes we are making to the visa process are making it quicker and simpler for Ukrainians to come here, as well as ensuring those already here can stay.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral Statement of 1 March 2022, Official Report, column 915, whether family members normally resident in Ukraine are eligible to apply to the Ukraine Family Scheme if their relative in the UK is a (a) non British National, including Ukrainian citizens, with Indefinite Leave to Remain, (b) non British National on a work or study visa and (c) non British National on a visitor visa.

As set out in the Home Secretary’s statement to the House on 1 March, a fee free, bespoke Ukraine Family Scheme has been introduced. The route allows both the immediate family members (spouse, civil partner, durable partner, minor children) and extended family members (parent, grandparent, adult children, grandchildren, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in laws and their immediate family) to join their relatives in the UK. The UK-based sponsoring relative must be a British citizen, a person who is present and settled in the UK (including those with settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme), a person in the UK with refugee leave or with humanitarian protection or an EEA or Swiss national in the UK with limited leave under Appendix EU (pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme). This route was launched on 4 March.

People in the UK on work study or visit visas, who have not acquired settled status will not be permitted to sponsor a relative under the Ukraine Family Scheme. However, on 18 March the Government launched the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, which enables individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for Ukrainians, and their immediate family members, forced to escape their homeland. Ukrainian nationals resident in the UK with at least six months’ leave can qualify to sponsor under this scheme if they are able to offer suitable accommodation and pass security checks. Further information about the Homes for Ukraine Scheme has been published here:

https://homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk/

Ukrainian nationals in the UK on visit visas will be able to sponsor under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, if they extend their stay under the new Ukraine Extension Scheme, which was announced on 29 March 2022. This scheme will launch on 3 May 2022 and will allow Ukrainian nationals and their partners or children who had leave to remain in the UK on 18 March 2022, or whose right to remain has expired since 1 January 2022, to apply to extend their stay in the UK for a period of three years. Further information on the scheme can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/support-for-family-members-of-british-nationals-in-ukraine-and-ukrainian-nationals-in-ukraine-and-the-uk#if-youre-ukrainian-and-are-already-in-the-uk

We are setting no limit on the numbers of people who can come here. We will be glad to welcome as many Ukrainians as wish to come.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral Statement of 1 March 2022, Official Report, column 915, whether the Government plans to provide financial support for partner organisations which sponsor people fleeing Ukraine through the humanitarian sponsorship pathway.

This Government has made its support for Ukrainians fleeing in fear of their lives clear. The Homes for Ukraine scheme was announced by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities on 14 March.

To enable the scheme to commence swiftly, Homes for Ukraine is initially limited to sponsorship between named individuals. Sponsors will receive an optional £350 monthly payment from the government as a thank you for their generosity. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is working with NGOs, charities or other third-party organisations to stand up processes to facilitate matching of beneficiaries and sponsors where able / willing.

Organisations can register their interest at:

https://homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk/

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of suspected fraud referred to police forces by Action Fraud resulted in charges being brought in each quarter since Action Fraud was established, by police force area.

The Home Office collects data on the number of fraud cases reported to Action Fraud that have been recorded as criminal offences by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).

Such data is published by the Office for National Statistics on a quarterly basis and the most recently available data for the year ending September 2021 can be found, here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/crimeinenglandandwalesquarterlydatatables

A longer running time series, available back to April 2011, is also available in Table A4 here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/file?uri=%2fpeoplepopulationandcommunity%2fcrimeandjustice%2fdatasets%2fcrimeinenglandandwalesappendixtables%2fyearendingseptember2021/appendixtablesep21finalv2.xlsx

The Home Office also collects information on the number of fraud offences that the NFIB refer to police forces for investigation and on the number of fraud outcomes, including charges, recorded by the police. This data is published annually as part of the Home Office’s ‘Crime Outcomes in England and Wales’ publication. The latest available data for year ending March 2021 can be found be here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/crime-outcomes-in-england-and-wales-statistics .

City of London Police also produce an interactive dashboard of their statistics which shows a breakdown of dissemination rates and outcomes at force level. This can be found here: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/data.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many case referrals were made by Action Fraud to police forces in each quarter since Action Fraud was established, by police force area.

The Home Office collects data on the number of fraud cases reported to Action Fraud that have been recorded as criminal offences by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).

Such data is published by the Office for National Statistics on a quarterly basis and the most recently available data for the year ending September 2021 can be found, here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/crimeinenglandandwalesquarterlydatatables

A longer running time series, available back to April 2011, is also available in Table A4 here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/file?uri=%2fpeoplepopulationandcommunity%2fcrimeandjustice%2fdatasets%2fcrimeinenglandandwalesappendixtables%2fyearendingseptember2021/appendixtablesep21finalv2.xlsx

The Home Office also collects information on the number of fraud offences that the NFIB refer to police forces for investigation and on the number of fraud outcomes, including charges, recorded by the police. This data is published annually as part of the Home Office’s ‘Crime Outcomes in England and Wales’ publication. The latest available data for year ending March 2021 can be found be here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/crime-outcomes-in-england-and-wales-statistics .

City of London Police also produce an interactive dashboard of their statistics which shows a breakdown of dissemination rates and outcomes at force level. This can be found here: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/data.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individual reports of suspected fraud were made to Action Fraud in each quarter since Action Fraud was established.

The Home Office collects data on the number of fraud cases reported to Action Fraud that have been recorded as criminal offences by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).

Such data is published by the Office for National Statistics on a quarterly basis and the most recently available data for the year ending September 2021 can be found, here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/crimeinenglandandwalesquarterlydatatables

A longer running time series, available back to April 2011, is also available in Table A4 here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/file?uri=%2fpeoplepopulationandcommunity%2fcrimeandjustice%2fdatasets%2fcrimeinenglandandwalesappendixtables%2fyearendingseptember2021/appendixtablesep21finalv2.xlsx

The Home Office also collects information on the number of fraud offences that the NFIB refer to police forces for investigation and on the number of fraud outcomes, including charges, recorded by the police. This data is published annually as part of the Home Office’s ‘Crime Outcomes in England and Wales’ publication. The latest available data for year ending March 2021 can be found be here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/crime-outcomes-in-england-and-wales-statistics .

City of London Police also produce an interactive dashboard of their statistics which shows a breakdown of dissemination rates and outcomes at force level. This can be found here: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/data.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her letter to the Home Affairs Committee of 16 February 2021, in how many instances a claimant to the Windrush Compensation Scheme has had their compensation award reduced or declined on the basis of previous criminality.

Fewer than 10 claimants have had their compensation award for Impact on Life declined or reduced because of previous criminality.

All decisions to withhold or reduce compensation for Impact on Life due to previous criminality are signed off by Ministers.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
25th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her letter to the Home Affairs Committee dated 16 February 2021, what progress has been made on making arrangements to ensure that those affected by the Windrush Scandal receive the correct amount of State Pension.

Work remains ongoing to put in place arrangements to ensure that where individuals have been denied access to employment, their National Insurance position is corrected so their State Pension entitlement is not affected.

Information about these arrangements will be made available once they are finalised.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
25th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her letter provided to the Home Affairs Committee on 28 April 2020, what percentage of requests for an Urgent and Exceptional Payment submitted from 1 October 2018 up to 31 August 2021 were concluded within ten working days of receipt.

In December 2018, the Home Office established an Urgent and Exceptional Payments process for those members of the Windrush generation who had an urgent and exceptional need in advance of the Windrush Compensation Scheme. The process remains open for those who need it.

191 requests were received from 1 October 2018 up to 31 August 2021. 10% of these requests were decided within 10 working days of receipt. We treat requests for urgent and exceptional support as a high priority and aim to advise applicants of the outcome of their request within 10 working days, and sooner wherever possible. In addition, we aim to make payments within 14 days of a request for support.

Unfortunately, however, it is not always possible to make a decision within 10 days of a request for support, as we need to work with individuals in order to understand the reasons for their request and gather relevant information. Our support in Urgent and Exceptional Circumstances policy was updated in February 2021, in order to make clear to applicants the information that they can provide in order to help us to consider a request as quickly as possible.

We recommend that individuals consider the guide before making a request to us, and if possible, locate any relevant documents ready to share with the Help Team.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
25th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her Answer of 15 April 2021 to Question 179171, on Windrush Generation: Compensation, what was the average number of calendar days from the date a claim was received to a full and final payment date, as at 31 August 2021.

The average number of calendar days from the date a claim was received to a full and final value or zero entitlement offer being made is 454, at 31 August 2021.

We continue to work at pace to process the claims we have received. All primary and deceased estate claims will have been considered for a preliminary payment of £10,000 within 6 weeks of eligibility being confirmed under the terms of the Scheme.

A preliminary payment is offered as soon as we receive the minimum level of information required to show that they will be entitled to compensation under the Scheme. Some individuals whose claims remain outstanding may also have received an urgent and exceptional payment. Such payments remain available for those who have an urgent and exceptional need that cannot wait for a payment to be made under the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
25th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her Answer of 29 April 2021 to Question 183169, on Windrush Generation: Compensation, what estimate she has made of the number of applications to the Windrush Compensation Scheme that remain outstanding more than (a) two years, (b) 18 months and (c) 12 months after the applicants first submitted those applications.

The number of cases being worked through the Windrush Compensation Scheme as of 30th September are 1709. Of these

  • 192 have been in the process for 12-18 months.
  • 196 have been in the process for between18 months and 24 months.
  • 24 have been in the process for over 24 months.

We continue to process the claims we receive as quickly as possible. Claims are taking longer to resolve than originally anticipated however there are 13 categories and each person’s experiences are different. We must ensure these are considered and understood carefully so we can offer people the maximum compensation to which they are entitled.

This holistic approach takes time but is ultimately beneficial to individuals. We are, however, committed to reducing the time between submission and decision significantly over the coming months.

Since April 2019, the Scheme has paid or offered £36.2 million. Of this, more than £30.6 million has been accepted and paid. Data on the number of claims received and the number of payments made is published as part of the regular transparency data release which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/windrush-compensation-scheme-data-september-2021

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
25th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Recommendation Three of the Windrush Lessons Learned Review, how many events with the Windrush generation have taken place with a focus on reconciliation and in the presence of (a) trained facilitators and/or specialist services and (b) senior Home Office staff and ministers.

Community grassroots engagement has been key to delivering our messages to the people we know we need to reach.

Since 2018, we have held approximately 200 community engagement and outreach events across the country. These community events include one-to-one surgeries to help people apply for documentation to the Windrush Scheme and public community engagement events to raise awareness of the Windrush Schemes.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2021 to Question 23064 on Domestic Abuse: Prosecutions and with reference to Table 3 in that Answer, how many crimes there were that were flagged as domestic abuse where the prosecution time limit had expired in (a) 2018-19 and (b) 2019-20.

I refer the Honourable Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford to the answer given in response to PQ 23064.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in reference to correspondence from the Home Secretary to the Home Affairs Select Committee, dated 16 February 2021, on changes to the Windrush Compensation Scheme, how many awards of compensation have been (a) reduced or (b) declined because the claimant (i) failed to take reasonable steps to resolve their lawful status, (ii) otherwise failed to take reasonable steps to mitigate losses or impacts, (iii) took unreasonable steps that have resulted in increased losses, and (iv) wilfully defaulted or lack of co-operation in the period up to 31 May 2021.

The Home Office has no published data to answer these questions. The information is not readily available in a reportable format nor held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her written evidence provided to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s inquiry into the Windrush Compensation Scheme, what the total number of (a) full payments and (b) interim payments was for each of the categories of claim under the Windrush Compensation Scheme in the period (a) up to 31 March 2021 and (b) 1 April to 31 May 2021.

The Home Office has no published data to answer these questions. The information is not readily available in a reportable format nor held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offers of compensation have been (a) increased, (b) decreased and (c) upheld as a result of Tier 1 and Tier 2 reviews under the Windrush Compensation Scheme in the period up to 31 May 2021.

The Home Office has no published data to answer these questions. The information is not readily available in a reportable format nor held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have received support from the Windrush Compensation Scheme’s Vulnerable Persons Team during the period 1 February 2021 to 31 May 2021; and what form of support was provided.

Details regarding how many people received support from the Windrush Compensation Scheme’s Vulnerable Persons Team, and the support provided; can be accessed at: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/5386/documents/54029/default/. The data requested for the specific time period of 01 February 2021 to 31 May 2021 has not been published.

Information about the number of people supported by the Vulnerable Persons Team is due to be released as part our commitment to publishing transparency information.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the update provided to the Home Affairs Committee on 28 April 2020, how many applications for urgent and exceptional payments have been (a) received, (b) approved and (c) declined during the period 1 February 2021 to 31 May 2021.

Details regarding the amount of applications for urgent and exceptional support made under the Windrush Compensation Scheme; can be accessed at: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/5386/documents/54029/default/. The data requested for the specific time period of 01 February 2021 to 31 May 2021 has not been published.

Information about exceptional payments is due to be released as part of transparency data.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of domestic abuse cases that have not been prosecuted as a result of the six-month time limit for common assault as a summary-only offence having elapsed in each year since 2015.

The Home Office collects data on domestic abuse related offences, and on the outcomes on offences recorded by the police in England and Wales. Data is not available for all forces but the proportion of domestic abuse flagged offences that have the outcome OC17: Prosecution time limit expired is published for selected forces who provide data to HO.

2018/19 and 2019/20 - Domestic abuse and the criminal justice system – Appendix tables - Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk) , Table 3

2015/16 - 2017/18 - Domestic abuse in England and Wales - Appendix tables - Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk) , Table 19

We are aware that there is a concern that some victims of domestic abuse may be losing access to justice since by the time they come forward with allegations of assault, the time limit for prosecution of such cases is up. We are gathering data about such incidents and if analysis suggests that action is needed, we will seek to address it as appropriate.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrest warrants the UK has received from EU Member States since 11.00pm on 31 December 2020.

The Home Office does not hold the information requested.

The National Crime Agency manages requests made under Part 1 of the Extradition Act 2003.

It is too early to provide any assessment of the loss of the second-generation Schengen Information System on the number of arrests made under Part 1 of the Extradition Act 2003.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the UK ceasing to access the second generation Schengen Information System on the number of arrests made under Part 1 of the Extradition Act 2003.

The Home Office does not hold the information requested.

The National Crime Agency manages requests made under Part 1 of the Extradition Act 2003.

It is too early to provide any assessment of the loss of the second-generation Schengen Information System on the number of arrests made under Part 1 of the Extradition Act 2003.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests were made under Part 1 of the Extradition Act 2003 in (a) January 2021 and (b) in each month of 2020.

The Home Office does not hold the information requested.

The National Crime Agency manages requests made under Part 1 of the Extradition Act 2003.

It is too early to provide any assessment of the loss of the second-generation Schengen Information System on the number of arrests made under Part 1 of the Extradition Act 2003.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests have been made under the Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Act 2020 (a) since that Act was brought into force and (b) in January 2021.

The Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Act 2020 came into force on 1 January 2021. Since that time, four arrests have taken place as a direct result of this legislation being passed, and three of those arrests were made in January.

All figures are taken from local management information and are not quality assured to the level of published National Statistics. As such they should always be treated as provisional and therefore subject to change as officials refresh and revise the available data. The figures do not include Scotland, which deals with its own extradition cases.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many domestic abuse cases have been prosecuted as common assault under Section 39 of Criminal Justice Act 1998 in each year since 2015; and what that figure is as a proportion of all domestic abuse cases in each year since 2015.

Statistical information held centrally by the Ministry of Justice on the Court Proceedings Database does not include the circumstances behind each case beyond the description provided in the statute – in this case common assault or battery. It is not possible separately to identify from this centrally held information how many people were convicted for common assault in a domestic abuse context. This detailed information may be held on court records but is not reported centrally to the Ministry of Justice. As such, the information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)