Forced marriage research

Colin Yeo made this Freedom of Information request to Home Office

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Dear Sir or Madam,

The Home Office commissioned research into whether raising the spouse visa age from 18 to 21 or 24 might help to prevent forced marriages. The research appears to have been conducted by the Violence Against Women Research Group at the School for Policy Studies based at the University of Bristol. A summary of the research findings has been published (http://www.bris.ac.uk/sps/research/fpcw/....

The full research report has not been published and I request that it is made available. The findings are published so there is no reason why the full research report should not also be made available.

Yours faithfully,

Colin Yeo.

Dear Sir or Madam,

The hyperlink I used to refer to the research summary to which I refer in my original request is now broken as the summary appears to have been removed from the internet.

The title of the research summary was "Forced marriage: the risk factors and the effect of raising the minimum age for a sponsor, and of leave to enter the UK as a spouse or fiancé(e)" and the researchers were Marianne Hester, Khatidja Chantler, Geetanjali Gangoli, Jasvinder Devgon, Sandhya Sharma & Ann Singleton.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Colin Yeo

Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ), Home Office

Dear Colin Yeo

Thank you for your recent e-mail concerning the above. Your request is
being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and we will respond shortly.

Kind Regards

UKBA

FOI Team

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Home Office

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Reference : T9063/9

Thank you for your e-mail enquiry of 30/05/2009 16:46:07

A reply is attached.

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Dear Mr Noakes,

Thank you for your reply. The article was very interesting, but remains a summary of the research that was conducted. My initial FOI request remains outstanding, which is for release of the full research report presented to the Home Office, on which the article is based.

Yours sincerely,

Colin Yeo

Home Office

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Thank you for your e-mail enquiry of 02/06/2009 12:28:24 PM

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Dear Mr Noakes,

Thank you for your reply. The United Kingdom Border Agency is part of the Home Office. I have directed my query to the Home Office. Firstly, I dispute that I have directed my enquiry to the wrong place. Secondly, even if I have done so, would it not be helpful for the Home Office to redirect my enquiry to whatever other internal part of the Home Office might answer it?

Your response is somewhat unsatisfactory and I continue to await a substantive response.

Yours sincerely,

Colin Yeo

Dear Sir or Madam,

I would be grateful for a substantive reply to my FOI request, which is now overdue.

Yours sincerely,

Colin Yeo

Hitchcock Kate, Home Office

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Dear Mr. Yeo

 

Please see the attached letter and research report released in full as
requested.

 

Kate Hitchcock

 

 

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Dear Kate Hitchcock,

Thank you for your reply to my request.

In the letter dated 4 September 2009 there is a reference to further reasons for non-publication of the report being attached to the letter (5th paragraph). I could not find any such attachment or further reasons other than those set out briefly in the letter. I would be grateful if those reasons could be provided.

Yours sincerely,

Colin Yeo

Hitchcock Kate, Home Office

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    Quality issues for the research on forced marriage and the potential effects of raising the minimum age for a sponso1.doc

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Dear Mr Yeo

Please see the attached as requested.

Yours sincerely,

Kate Hitchcock

Kate Hitchcock
Head, Managed Migration Research Section
Analysis, Research & Knowledge Management,
Part of UK Border Agency's Knowledge Management Network
Room 1402
Apollo House
36 Wellesley Road
Croydon
CR9 3RR

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Francis Irving left an annotation ()

Blog post which uses this request as a source:

http://www.hatnews.org/2009/10/01/spouse...

Dear Kate Hitchcock,

The version of the report you have released appears not to be the final version. Can the final version of the report please be released?

Yours sincerely,

Colin Yeo

Hitchcock Kate, Home Office

Dear Mr. Yeo


The report released is the version that was submitted to us by the
contractor. As you know the report was not published due to quality
issues as I have outlined to you previously, therefore there is no final
version.

You may wish to contact the researchers at the University of Bristol,
who may have undertaken more work on this report, as I am aware that
they are planning a couple of publications on this research later this
year.



Kate Hitchcock

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