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Petitions

Volume 542: debated on Thursday 15 March 2012

Petitions

Thursday 15 March 2012

Observations

Business, Innovation and Skills

Proposed Closure of Rio Tinto Alcan, Lynemouth

The Petition of residents of south East Northumberland,

Declares that the Petitioners are opposed to the proposed closure of Rio Tinto Alcan, Lynemouth.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to take all possible steps to prevent the closure of Rio Tinto Alcan, Lynemouth and to support the workforce and those involved in the supply chain.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Ian Lavery, Official Report, 8 February 2012; Vol. 540, c. 412.]

[P001006]

Observations from the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills:

The closure of the smelter is very disappointing news for the workforce and local community. We are working with the company and local partners including Northumberland County Council and Jobcentre Plus to ensure everyone affected has access to the very best support and training opportunities available. Our priority is to get them back into work.

Rio Tinto Alcan are also working closely with Northumberland County Council as they explore future opportunities for the site.

The UK remains a competitive place to do business and the Government fully recognises the importance of manufacturing, its vital contribution to the growth of a more sustainable UK economy and its key role in rebalancing the economy. Working with business, we are taking steps to strengthen the UK's manufacturing capability, ensuring a more supportive environment for stronger growth that will address barriers to growth, encourage innovation, exports and business investment and improve skills.

The Government are supporting businesses in the North East through the £2.4billion Regional Growth Fund. Over sixty (66) successful bids with estimated funding of £157 million will help to create and safeguard 39,000 jobs in the region.

Home Department

Leave to Remain (Sam Fontana Wright)

The Petition of residents of Pendle, Lancashire, and others,

Declares that the Petitioners believe that Sam Fontana Wright should be allowed leave to remain in Britain.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to encourage the UK Border Agency to halt his deportation and reconsider his case.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Andrew Stephenson, Official Report, 28 June 2011; Vol. 530, c. 927.]

[P000932]

Observations from the Secretary of State for the Home Department:

The Government expect persons to comply with the conditions of their leave to enter or remain in the UK. Those with no legal right to be in the UK are expected to leave voluntarily. Where they do not, the Government will seek to enforce their removal. A decision to remove an individual from the United Kingdom is only taken after careful consideration of all the circumstances and only once any applications or representations have been decided.

The individual concerned had remained beyond the expiry of their leave so was liable to detention and administrative removal from the UK under section 10 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.