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Foreign nationals working in the NHS

I would like to pay tribute to the tireless work that our doctors and nurses perform, not least of all the role of those doctors and nurses who have come from overseas to provide us all with our world-leading National Health Service. I completely understand concerns regarding the impact of our withdrawal from the European
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Commonwealth soldiers and citizenship fees

I welcome the fact that Commonwealth citizens, including Gurkhas, are exempt from immigration control under the Immigration Act 1971, throughout their service. The consequence of this exemption means that they are free from immigration conditions during the time they remain enlisted in HM Forces. I understand that those who have served as regulars are in
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Asylum for torture survivors

This country has a proud history of providing protection to those who need it, and I can assure you this is continuing under this Government. Asylum caseworkers carefully consider protection needs by assessing all available evidence, including medical reports relating to torture, in light of published country information to reach an informed decision. Flexibility in
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Asylum for torture survivors

Granting protection to those who genuinely need it and refusing those who do not, in as efficient, sensitive and effective a way as possible, is crucial. I have been assured that all members of staff who make asylum decisions receive a comprehensive level of training. This includes a dedicated five-week Foundation Training Programme that features
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EU Nationals in the UK

It goes without saying that EU nationals make an invaluable contribution to our economy, our society and our daily lives, especially in our constituency of Boston and Skegness. I can assure you that there will be no immediate change in their status in the UK. Similarly the discussions that the Government has with the European
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Refugee children

The Government needs to do more to respond to the continuing migration crisis and how best it can support the most vulnerable people affected by this appalling situation and I am glad that it is now taking further action. This includes the establishment of a new resettlement scheme focused on the children at risk in
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Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

I know that Ministers are committed to making government more transparent, so taxpayers can hold the state to account both on how their money is being spent and how decisions are made which affect their lives. The Freedom of Information Act is one of the pillars on which open government operates, so both I and
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EU referendum leaflet

EU referendum leaflet

I understand your concerns, but it is true to say that the Government has always been very clear that it is in favour of remaining in the EU, while allowing individuals to make their own views known. With that in mind, the Government therefore should be expected to put forward its case. While I have
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Tax avoidance

Tax avoidance

I agree that any individual tax or company should be paying the tax it owes. Tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning by anybody is clearly unacceptable. I can assure you that the Government is committed to a proportionate, tailored response to improve global tax transparency, including in tax havens. The revelations from Panama underline the
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Violence against women and girls

Violence against women and girls

I am pleased that the UK has played a leading role in tackling VAWG world-wide, and I know it will continue to be a top Department for International Development (DFID) priority. Women need choice and control over their lives. No country will develop if half their population is treated unequally and women live in fear
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Child poverty measures

The Government is committed to tackling child poverty and improving children’s life chances. The existing income-based child poverty measures, introduced in the Child Poverty Act 2010, do not address the root causes of poverty and incentivise Government to focus only on the symptoms. That is why the Welfare Reform and Work Bill contains provisions to
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