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S5W-11644: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 29 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to questions S5W-09925 and S5W-09927 by Alasdair Allan on 17 July 2017, whether it will (a) provide an update on its engagement with (i) Home Office, (ii) Police Scotland, (iii) City of Edinburgh Council and (iv) the COSLA Migration, Population and Diversity Team and (b) publish its letter to the UK minister, and a copy of any response it has received.

Answered by: Alasdair Allan 8 November 2017

I wrote to the UK Immigration Minister in July expressing concern that the Scottish Government was not consulted in advance of these measures being adopted, and seeking assurance from the UK Government that EU Treaty rights, and the dignity of EEA nationals, are being respected. This letter has been placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre and can be accessed using Bib number 59225. The UK Immigration Minister replied in September, and we are waiting for confirmation from the UK Government that they are content for us to publish their response.

Scottish Government officials have had no further engagement with Police Scotland. Rather than dealing directly with Edinburgh City Council on this issue, officials have been working with the CoSLA Migration, Population and Diversity Team since June to get more clarity from the Home Office on these operations in Scotland.

I have a longstanding request to meet the UK Immigration Minister and intend to raise this issue in person when we meet.