The Bishop of Durham received the following written answers on 21st Febrary 2023:
The Lord Bishop of Durham asked His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect on the asylum application waiting list of the requirement to reassess refugees with Group 2 status every 30 months.
Lord Murray of Blidworth (Con): The Home Office will publish further details in due course on the process for Group 2 refugees applying for further temporary refugee permission to stay after 30-months.
The Lord Bishop of Durham asked His Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Murray of Blidworth on 6 December 2022 (HL3643), why they did not produce a statement of community involvement when the consultation on extending planning permission for the accommodation facility at Napier barracks was for this stated purpose.
Lord Murray of Blidworth: A Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is normally used in the development of a Local Plan by a local planning authority. However, in the case of a change of use application which was the subject of the Special Development Order (SDO) then an SCI would generally not be required. It is for the developer to decide if they wish to submit an SCI which would usually provide a summary of who, when and how stakeholders had been engaged with. An SCI will not be produced as it is not a requirement of the SDO; however, we have sought to engage with the local community through correspondence and the provision of relevant information on the gov.uk website.
The Lord Bishop of Durham asked His Majesty’s Government whether they will publish statistics on the number of days individuals have been held for on arrival before re-accommodation under the provisions of the Short-term Holding Facility (Amendment) Rules 2022 concerning holding people for up to 96 hours.
Lord Murray of Blidworth: Data relating to detention in Short-Term Holding Facilities is published as part of quarterly migration statistics, however the Government has no plans to publish specific data on the number of days individuals have been held on arrival in the UK before subsequent accommodation.
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