Monday 25 th April - Children in Scotland

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Monday 25 th April - Children in Scotland
Table of Contents
Monday 25th April ..................................................................................................................... 1
House of Commons............................................................................................................................. 1
Immigration Bill..............................................................................................................................................1
Immigration Bill vote – Children in Scotland’s response ..............................................................1
More Updates ...................................................................................................................................................2
House of Lords ..................................................................................................................................... 3
European Parliament ........................................................................................................................ 3
Policy archive ............................................................................................................................. 4
Monday 25th April
House of Commons
Immigration Bill
On Monday, the House of Commons considered the House of Lords’
amendments to the Immigration Bill, where MPs voted against Lord Dubs’
amendment to allow 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Europe into
Britain. The amendment was backed by Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the
SNP, and five Conservative MPs but was defeated by 294 votes to 276.
The Government’s position is that it would encourage more families to send their
children to Europe unaccompanied, putting more children in risk. They
announced last week that Britain will resettle up to 3,000 individuals, of whom
most will be vulnerable children, from the Middle East and North Africa region by
2020.
Europol has estimated that 10,000 children have gone missing after arriving in
Europe. Labour have said they will table an alternative amendment in the House
of Lords today (Tuesday) when they consider the House of Commons
amendments. It has been reported that the new amendment removes the reference
to 3,000 children and replaces it with a “specified number” to be decided by the
Government in consultation with local authorities. More information, including a link to
watch the debate live is available here.
Immigration Bill vote – Children in Scotland’s response
Commenting on the vote, Children in Scotland’s Head of Policy Amy Woodhouse
said:
“Children in Scotland is severely disappointed by this outcome, which does
nothing to address the real problem of unaccompanied asylum seeking children
in Europe today and the significant risks that exist to their safety and wellbeing.
“Last September we issued a position paper together with our sister
organisations (Children in England, Children in Northern Ireland and Children in
Wales) calling for the UK Government to act in line with its duties under the
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and take responsibility,
along with other nations, for providing a safe destination for unaccompanied
children. The European Network of Children’s Commissioners issued a similar
call earlier this month.
“It is hugely frustrating that many months since this crisis began, we still find
ourselves having to argue the case for providing sanctuary to vulnerable children.
It is a small encouragement that Labour has indicated they will table an
amendment to the Immigration Bill in the House of Lords today. We will keep a
close watch on its progress and continue to press for an adequate response
where we can.”
More Updates
Monday evening featured a Westminster Hall debate led by Ben Howlett MP on
the e-petition on extending the meningitis B vaccine.
The International Development Committee heard how the Government plans to
respond to the Sustainable Development Goals at home and overseas, while the
Work and Pensions Committee took evidence as part of its inquiry into
intergenerational fairness, which will continue on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the Justice Committee will take evidence as part of its inquiry on
young adult offenders,
and the Women and Equalities Committee will take evidence on maternity and
pregnancy discrimination. The inquiry follows a report by the Equalities and
Human Rights Commission and Department for Business Enterprise and Skills,
which found that whilst 84% of employers believed that supporting women during
pregnancy and maternity was in the interests of their organisation, 77% of
mothers reported they had negative and possible discriminatory experiences.
On Wednesday, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on violence against
women and girls and the Sustainable Development Goals, with a House of
Commons Library briefing available here. Equally Safe, the Scottish
Government’s strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women
and girls was updated last month.
The Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy will take evidence
on careers advice, information and guidance. The Scottish Affairs Committee will
meet to discuss the demography of Scotland and the implications for devolution,
and the Human Rights Committee will continue legislative scrutiny of the
Investigatory Powers Bill to examine whether the Bill meets international human
rights law standards for surveillance powers.
On Thursday, Backbench Business will focus on World Autism Week which took
place on 2nd-6th April.
The Treasury Committee will continue its inquiry into the economic and financial
costs and benefits of the UK’s EU membership and will take evidence from
George Osbourne.
House of Lords
On Monday, Baroness Pidding asks how many young people they expect to
benefit from the Prime Minister’s commitment to expand the mentoring
programme for disengaged young people.
On Wednesday, oral questions will feature a question from Baroness Jenkin of
Kennington on what action the Government is taking to prioritise the wellbeing of
children when their parents are going through separation.
European Parliament
MEPs are also raising the issue of child custody in a debate on Wednesday
following several requests to Parliament’s petitions committee. Parliament wants
to ensure that children’s interests are looked after when decisions are made on
adoption and parental custody in cases that involve more than one member
state. MEPs also vote on a non-binding resolution on Thursday.
Policy archive
You can access an archive of policy developments from January 2016
onwards here.
You can access a comprehensive directory and archive of policy developments
since 2002 - July 2015 here.

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