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Government ministers give evidence on unaccompanied minors

14 April 2016

The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee continues to take evidence for its inquiry into unaccompanied minors in the EU. The Committee hears from Government Ministers and the Children's Commissioner for England about what they are doing to assist with unaccompanied minors in the UK and the cooperation across the EU in ensuring the best interest of the child.


Wednesday 20 April, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • James Brokenshire MP, Minister for Immigration, Home Office
  • Edward Timpson MP, Minister of State for Children and Families, Department of Education

At 11.45am

  • Anne Longfield OBE, Children's Commissioner for England

Possible questions

Areas of discussion with Ministers include:

  • The number of unaccompanied minors the UK, and how they differ in terms of age, gender and nationality
  • Whether England should adopt a guardianship scheme for unaccompanied minors
  • How proposed legal changes under the Immigration Bill will affect unaccompanied minors
  • Family reunification for unaccompanied minors in the UK

Areas the Committee will explore with the Children's Commissioner for England include:

  • The challenges facing unaccompanied minors throughout the UK and other EU Member States
  • The extent to which unaccompanied minors have the opportunity to inform the Commissioner's work
  • Individuals and organisations that the Commissioner cooperates with in order to provide advice and assistance to unaccompanied minors and the effectiveness of this

Further Information

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