The Government has actually ignored questions from a number of people in the House of Lords last Thursday. One of them was Lord Roberts of Llandudno and I wrote about the way Roger Roberts was rejected two days ago which can be obtained from here. Since I wrote that blog I have done a bit more checking and I have now spotted that there were also three questions that Justin Welby asked the Government all have which been ignored. The response to his written questions all came from Baroness Williams of Trafford who answered each question with the same response that is “It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member” It is very disappointing that Susan Williams has responded in this way to both Justin Welby and Roger Roberts and indeed several other people. Here are the three questions that Justin asked, and we now need the Government to respond publicly to these questions along with the four questions that Roger has not yet had an answer for.
Question 1: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether families will be split up through the new Asylum Partnership Arrangement with Rwanda; and if not, what evidence they have that the new policy will not lead to increased trafficking of women and children.
Question 2: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether any (1) women, (2) girls, and (3) LGBT+ people, who are relocated to Rwanda, will be afforded the same safety as in the UK.
Question 3: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they will use to determine whether someone arriving in the UK other than by authorised channels is eligible for being relocated to Rwanda.