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Ministerial Update August 2018

As Parliament rises for the Summer Recess, I would like to take this opportunity to provide a brief overview of some of my recent work and overseas visits I have undertaken in my role as Minister for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Update on the Windrush Compensation Scheme

Following the coming to light of the Home Offices' severe mishandling of the immigration statuses of a number of Windrush migrants and, it must be said, others, the Head of MP Engagement at UK Visas and Immigration recently offered the below information on the compensation scheme which is soon to

Heathrow Expansion

Once again the House sits to consider airport expansion in the south-east, a matter which has been kicked into the long grass by successive governments of all colours for close to half a century.

Clean Air Day and the Fight Against Air Pollution

Despite World Cup fervour gripping the country, I am sure it will not have escaped your attention that today is Clean Air Day! To mark the occasion, I thought I would share some recent thoughts on a subject very close the hearts of many residents and one which I am regularly asked about.

The Government's Rough Sleeping Initiative

I am delighted to write that yesterday the Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire MP, announced that the Government will be allocating £534,466 to Westminster Council and £215,348 to the City from its Rough Sleeping Initiative fund.

Local Flooding

Recent days have seen the sun and warm weather emphatically punctuated by torrential rain and lightning storms which have, unfortunately, led to some basement flooding in the SW1 area.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Yesterday on the floor of the House, Mark gave a speech in response to a debate tabled by Siobhain McDonagh MP regarding the persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslim Communities in countries around the world. You can read the debate in full on Hansard here.