Housing and Regeneration Bill
The Earl of Onslow (Conservative)
My Lords, I thank the Minister for that detailed answer. She could not possibly expect me or anyone else to absorb it all and retain it in their brains at this time of day. It is very complicated and obviously I shall have to read it again, I still have a worry, not about the head of the family but about subsidiary family members. Let us take the situation where a man is completely legal here but the status of his pregnant wife or girlfriend is under query. If she was completely okay, one set of rules would apply to her; but if her case was pending, a lower set of rules would apply to her. If she was then moved to, let us say, a 12-month tenancy agreement and her immigration status was settled as fully okay during that time, the family would then be landed with a second-class remedy which it would not have had if the settlement had come in earlier. I hope the Minister is following me because I think I am getting it right
I am not going to press the amendment. It is obvious that the Minister's officials have gone to an enormous amount of trouble, for which I am grateful. We look forward to her letter—perhaps not with the glee with which one looks forward to a Valentine's card, but we will be pleased to hear the answer and I thank her for that. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.