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Home Secretary Priti Patel to appear before Lords Committee

26 October 2021

The Justice and Home Affairs Committee will be questioning the Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Priti Patel MP. The Committee will cover a wide range of topics, including misogyny, immigration, Channel crossings, Afghan resettlement, new technology in policing, and police cooperation with the EU.


Wednesday 27 October 2021 in Committee room 4A, Palace of Westminster
at 10.30am

  • The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP Home Secretary

Possible questions include

  • The Government has explained that the return of inadmissible asylum seekers is 'contingent on securing returns agreements' with safe third countries. Could you update us on your plans to secure return agreements?
  • The Immigration Services Union (ISU) has described plans to turn around boats in the English Channel as unworkable. How do you respond?
  • The Home Office is using advanced algorithmic technology extensively to facilitate its public duties, in particular in policing. What assurances can you give that key decisions are still genuinely made by humans, and therefore can be explained, justified and challenged?
  • Can you provide an update on the inquiry into matters arising from the murder of Sarah Everard?
  • In your Violence Against Women and Girls strategy, you committed to investing in “understanding ‘what works’ to prevent violence against women and girls”. What form does will that investment take?
  • The Government has committed to developing a comprehensive integration programme to welcome resettled Afghan refugees. What will that programme entail?

The scession will also be an opportunity to continue discussions on two EU border management systems, the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). The Committee has  previously asked questions and expressed concerns about the consequences these two systems may have for UK citizens and businesses (see Correspondence page).

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