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star this property date less than 2019-06-14more like thismore than 2019-06-14
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
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
unstar 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
star 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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star this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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1132247
star 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
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
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
unstar 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
star 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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star this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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163
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1132808
star this property registered interest false more like this
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 more like this
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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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 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
unstar 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
star 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
star this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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1132828
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property hansard heading Hospices: Children 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 Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the financial sustainability of children’s hospices. 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 266060 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
star this property answer text <p>No recent assessment has been made. The vast majority of hospices were established from charitable and philanthropic donations and are therefore primarily charity-funded and independently run. However, they receive some statutory funding from clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the Government for providing local services. The amount of funding is a local matter.</p><p><br> On average, adult hospices received approximately 30% of their overall funding from National Health Service sources. Proportionally less public funding is received by children’s hospices than adult hospices, and this amounts to around 15%, and this is largely due to differences in their development and non-clinical care they provide.</p><p> </p><p>To compensate for the lower levels of statutory funding children’s hospices receive, NHS England manages the Children’s Hospice Grant, which is awarded and administered annually. The Children’s Hospice Grant will provide a contribution of £12 million in 2019/20.</p><p><br> As set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, NHS England committed to increase its contribution to children’s palliative care over the next five years by match funding CCGs who commit to increase their investment in local children’s palliative and end of life care services including children’s hospices. Subject to CCGs increasing investment, NHS England will match this by up to £7 million a year by 2023/24. This increase is in addition to the Children’s Hospice Grant. We would expect hospices to be significant beneficiaries of the additional funding, and in many areas, children’s hospices are the main providers of children’s palliative and end of life care services.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Gosport more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Dinenage more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T15:26:44.6Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T15:26:44.6Z
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star this property label Biography information for Caroline Dinenage more like this
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1133377
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star this property date less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
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 Immigrants: 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 criminal investigations have been undertaken into (a) students and (b) other people who were alleged to have cheated in the TOEIC English language test. 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 266614 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
star this property answer text <p>The focus of our criminal investigations was on the organised criminal groups operating at a number of colleges or test centres where intelligence supported widespread criminal abuse of the TOEIC test.</p><p>Inevitably this led to investigators interviewing students and other people who had allegedly cheated the TOEIC test. Of these 3 have been charged with offences relating to the cheating of the TOEIC test and await trial. One other person is due to be charged but that person’s whereabouts is currently unknown. In addition, 5 other test takers admitted cheating the TOEIC test and were deemed suitable for, and accepted, a criminal caution.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
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less than 2019-06-25T12:50:26.29Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-25T12:50:26.29Z
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4048
star this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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163
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1133378
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
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: 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, of the 22,694 individuals that the Home Office has identified ETS has limited confidence in the validity of their TOEIC test due to administrative irregularity, how many re-applied for their visas with a new secure English language test. 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 266615 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
star this property answer text <p>Whilst ETS notified the Home Office of 22,694 questionable UK test certificates, the actual number where it was relevant to require a fresh test and an interview with a Home Office official was much smaller.</p><p>The exact information requested is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T15:55:06.323Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T15:55:06.323Z
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4048
star this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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163
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1133379
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star this property date less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
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 students received a section 10 notice as a result of being accused of cheating in the TOEIC English language test. 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 266616 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
star this property answer text <p>The exact information requested is not held centrally by the Home Office. UKVI transparency data provides details of refusal, curtailments and removal decisions on those linked to the abuse of secure English language testing. A link to the most recent available data is provided here;<br><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/temporary-and-permanent-migration-data-february-2017" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/temporary-and-permanent-migration-data-february-2017</a></p><p>The table in SELT_02 is the closest match to the information requested</p><p>The data was last published in February 2017 and only contains data to the last quarter (December 2016). ETS data is no longer published after this date.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T16:00:09.193Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T16:00:09.193Z
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star this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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1134009
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit 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 Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on a universal credit claimant’s health and well-being of the ability to repay hardship payments. 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 268345 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
star this property answer text <p>Hardship payments are available as a safeguard if a claimant demonstrates that they cannot meet their immediate and most essential needs (including accommodation, heating, food and hygiene) as a result of a benefit sanction.</p><p> </p><p>Work Coaches ensure they consider the claimant’s circumstances, including issues relating to their health and well-being, at the point of the new claim to Universal Credit, to tailor the service accordingly. This also includes when claimants are repaying any hardship payments.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-06-27T14:23:18.447Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-27T14:23:18.447Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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1134010
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star this property date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
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 question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of whether out-of-country appeals are appropriate for students to challenge visa revocations as a result of allegations of cheating in the TOEIC English language test. 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 268346 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
star this property answer text <p>In 2017, the Court of Appeal in the case of Ahsan found that an out of country appeal was not effective where the person was refused on the basis of alleged cheating in a TOEIC English language test, because there was no mechanism to give oral evidence in place at that time.</p><p>There is a small cohort of people who did leave the UK and have lodged an appeal from overseas and we have been working with HM Courts and Tribunals Service to ensure that they can have an effective appeal, including providing video links where appropriate. These appellants can apply to the tribunal hearing their case to indicate if they want to give live evidence. It is then for the tribunal to decide whether the arrangements the Home Office is able to put in place are sufficient or whether it is necessary for the individu-al to return to the UK for their appeal. There have been a number of hear-ings held abroad using video link and the courts have found that this enabled the appellant to give evidence effectively.</p><p>Following the changes to the appeals system made in the Immigration Act 2014, appeals can only be brought where claims raising asylum, humanitarian protection or human rights claims are refused; where protection status is revoked; in EEA cases and for deprivation of citizenship. Some of those refused on the basis of alleged cheating have made human rights claims and will have an in country right of appeal if refused (unless the claim is clearly unfounded).</p>
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
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less than 2019-06-27T15:24:07.217Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-27T15:24:07.217Z
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star this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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1134562
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star this property date less than 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property hansard heading Internet: Safety more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the implications for the aims of the Online Harms White Paper of the adoption of new technical standards to bypass the blocking of online content; 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 268954 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
star this property answer text <p>As set out in the Online Harms White Paper, the Government will establish a new statutory duty of care to make companies take more responsibility for the safety of their users. Compliance with this duty of care will be overseen and enforced by an independent regulator. We are currently consulting on which enforcement powers the regulator should have at its disposal to ensure it can take effective action against companies that breach their legal duty. Alongside this consultation, we continue to work with industry to understand the implications of the changing technologies and to promote approaches that work for the good of all.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Stourbridge more like this
star this property answering member printed Margot James more like this
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less than 2019-07-01T14:00:51.993Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T14:00:51.993Z
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star this property label Biography information for Margot James more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms remove filter