Sadly, despite the question it is very disappointing how superficial was the response from Susan Williams. The question regarded how the Government is dealing with people fleeing from Ukraine. The result can be seen in this image that was published by the Home Office a few hours ago. The number of visas is clearly growing each week but tragically the number of people able to benefit from the Visas that most of us would not agree with is very modest. The proportions are based on 29%, 30% and 31% each of the weeks. Here is the question and answer but what we need is a major change. The answer from the Home Office implied that all is well and the Government is acting appropriately, but the reality is that the Government is being very inadequate.
Lord Roberts of Llandudno: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Home Office are keeping up with visa applications from those fleeing Ukraine.
Baroness Williams of Trafford: We are committed to ensuring our operational teams have the resources they need to run an efficient and effective system. We actively monitor workflows to ensure sufficient resources are in place to meet demand, including from pressures relating to Ukraine.
The Home Office has surged capacity to European countries including Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Moldova, Poland and Romania. This work has increased the total capacity of UKVI who can offer over 13,000 appointments to visa applicants across the region.
The Home Office has made it easier to make applications to the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, as Ukrainians with valid passports no longer need to go to a Visa Application Centre to give their biometrics before they come to the UK.