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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Visas: Migrant Workers more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Sopra Steria in handling UK visa applications for migrants living and working in the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 258941 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-06more like thismore than 2019-06-06
star this property answer text <p>UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service Centres are run by Sopra Steria Ltd (SSL) on behalf of UK Visas &amp; Immigration (UKVI). The new service offered by SSL provides a modernised, digital and more secure process for customers to submit key evidence and personal information.</p><p>UKVCAS also provides an opportunity for migrants living and working in the UK to opt for priority services to speed up their application decision and purchase additional, optional services from SSL to enhance the overall experience. UKVI regularly monitor SSL performance through Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) within the contract. Currently SSL are experiencing some demand issues, but I can reassure you that SSL continue to assess customer demand, working closely with UKVI.</p><p>As a result SSL have recently opened three additional service points in Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester to meet the demand in the surrounding areas. In addition, to increasing the number of service points, SSL are working with the existing network of UKVCAS centres to increase the number of appointments offered to customers to increase overall capacity.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
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less than 2019-06-06T15:52:37.793Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-06T15:52:37.793Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms remove filter
1130676
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-07more like thismore than 2019-06-07
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Overseas Students: English Language more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of whether test centres have submitted the same voice recording clips for all students even when the Toeic English language test was taken in test conditions; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 261462 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
star this property answer text <p>The criminal investigations into the fraud carried out by the Home Office uncovered evidence of the use of proxy test takers, the type of fraud also shown in the Panorama documentary. Whilst there have been suggestions of other methods of fraud, no material evidence has been uncovered during the course of the criminal investigation to support these scenarios.</p><p>Furthermore at the time the Home Office commissioned an independent expert from the respected firm Kroll Ontrack to consider this issue. They found no evidence in the information made available to them to suggest the substitution of recordings in this way.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
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less than 2019-06-12T14:56:40.407Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-12T14:56:40.407Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms remove filter
1131747
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Slavery more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the 2014 Modern Slavery Strategy in reducing the prevalence of human trafficking and modern slavery in the UK and throughout the world. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 263663 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
star this property answer text <p>The UK Government has had an ambitious Modern Slavery Strategy in place since 2014 and continues to focus on implementing this Strategy. Significant progress has been made in delivering the actions in the Modern Slavery Strategy and this work is detailed in the 2018 UK Annual Report on Modern Slavery.</p><p>This report also provides an assessment of performance across a range of indicators and future plans to build on this. The 2018 Annual Report can be found here:<br><a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attach-ment_data/file/749346/2018_UK_Annual_Report_on_Modern_Slavery.pdf%20" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attach-ment_data/file/749346/2018_UK_Annual_Report_on_Modern_Slavery.pdf </a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 263664 more like this
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less than 2019-06-17T16:52:33.32Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-17T16:52:33.32Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms remove filter
1131748
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Slavery more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to review the 2014 Modern Slavery Strategy. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 263664 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
star this property answer text <p>The UK Government has had an ambitious Modern Slavery Strategy in place since 2014 and continues to focus on implementing this Strategy. Significant progress has been made in delivering the actions in the Modern Slavery Strategy and this work is detailed in the 2018 UK Annual Report on Modern Slavery.</p><p>This report also provides an assessment of performance across a range of indicators and future plans to build on this. The 2018 Annual Report can be found here:<br><a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attach-ment_data/file/749346/2018_UK_Annual_Report_on_Modern_Slavery.pdf%20" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attach-ment_data/file/749346/2018_UK_Annual_Report_on_Modern_Slavery.pdf </a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 263663 more like this
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less than 2019-06-17T16:52:33.38Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-17T16:52:33.38Z
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4399
unstar this property label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
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163
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1132118
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-13more like thismore than 2019-06-13
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Overseas Students: English Language more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the membership was of the group set up by his Department to support students alleged in 2014 of cheating in the Test of English for International Communication. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 264298 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
star this property answer text <p>The Home Office did not set up a group to support the students alleged in 2014 to have cheated in the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC).</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 264299 more like this
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less than 2019-06-18T13:40:08.927Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T13:40:08.927Z
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4048
unstar this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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163
star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms remove filter
1132119
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-13more like thismore than 2019-06-13
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Overseas Students: English Language more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many occasions the group set up by his Department to support students alleged in 2014 to have cheated in the Test of English for International Communication met in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016, (d) 2017 and (e) 2018; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 264299 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
star this property answer text <p>The Home Office did not set up a group to support the students alleged in 2014 to have cheated in the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC).</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 264298 more like this
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less than 2019-06-18T13:40:08.973Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T13:40:08.973Z
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4048
unstar this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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163
star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms remove filter
1132121
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-13more like thismore than 2019-06-13
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Overseas Students: English Language more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the information his Department sent education institutions on students accused of cheating in the Test of International Communication distinguished between students who has (a) definitely and (b) probably cheated; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 264300 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
star this property answer text <p>The Home Office provided a list of students to some licensed institutions which distinguished between those students with ‘invalid’ and those with ‘questionable’ TOEIC scores. The lists provided only related to students associated with those institutions.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
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less than 2019-06-18T13:41:28.86Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T13:41:28.86Z
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4048
unstar this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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163
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1132235
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-14more like thismore than 2019-06-14
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Visas: Overseas Students more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2019 to Question 258941, on Visas: Migrant Workers, what guidance his Department has provided to Sopra Steria on managing the anticipated increase in the number of student visa applications in September 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 264713 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
star this property answer text <p>UKVI hasset out clear expectations to Sopra Steria on the provision of the service during the student surge from September. UKVI are working closely with Sopra Steria to ensure that any additional services are delivered at the appropriate times and location in order to meet demand. This preparation work has included providing Sopra Steria with historical data on student applications volumes to support their planning.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
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less than 2019-06-19T13:37:27.917Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-19T13:37:27.917Z
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4048
unstar this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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163
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1132247
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-14more like thismore than 2019-06-14
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Immigration: Fees and Charges more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration’s report, An inspection of the Home Office Borders, Immigration and Citizenship System’s relating to charging and fees, published on 4 April 2019, what progress has been made on assessing the potential merits of tapering the fee for repeat applications. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 264714 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
star this property answer text <p>The Home Office is still considering its approach with regard to fee tapering for repeat settlement applications, which was recommended for review in the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration’s report. The Home Office keeps all its fees under review and any future changes will be dependent upon the outcome of the next Spending Review.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
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less than 2019-06-19T13:38:50.257Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-19T13:38:50.257Z
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4048
unstar this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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163
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1132808
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star this property date less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Educational Testing Service: Standards more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department made of the reliability of ETS’s validation systems before awarding that company a licence to deliver the TOEIC English language test in 2011. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 266059 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
star this property answer text <p>The licence which allowed TOEIC English language testing to be used for immigration purposes was awarded following a tendering process. As part of this process the Home Office assessed both the equivalence of each tester's English test to a recognised European Standard and security arrangements around testing.</p><p>Details of the security requirements which ETS Global BV were bound to adhere to were provided to the HASC in August 2016. A copy of these requirements can be found at Annex C of <a href="http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/home-affairs-committee/english-language-testing/written/36543.pdf%20" target="_blank">http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/home-affairs-committee/english-language-testing/written/36543.pdf </a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T15:13:29.98Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T15:13:29.98Z
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4048
unstar this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms remove filter