Vaz cheers Home Office change

Home Affairs committee chair Keith Vaz has thanked Home Office permanent secretary Mark Sedwill for his “extremely positive” interventions to help the committee secure information from his department, but raised concerns about officials’ willingness to supply data in some of the department’s directorates.

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By Suzannah.Brecknell

13 Dec 2013

At a hearing on Tuesday, Vaz noted that Sedwill (pictured above) has intervened “on a number of occasions when we’ve had difficulties in arranging meetings and getting letters from the Home Office,” and this is “a great change as far as we’re concerned, and we’re very grateful for your interventions.”

However, Vaz later criticised David Wood, director general of the Immigration Enforcement Directorate, and Sarah Rapson, director general of UK Visas and Immigration Directorate, for being slow to supply figures.

In one case a letter was delayed by ten weeks, and only supplied after the home secretary intervened.

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