Clause 16

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Paul Rowen Paul Rowen Shadow Minister, Transport, Member, Public Administration Committee 4:30 pm, 13th March 2007

The hon. Member for Ashford has mentioned the distance of 25 miles, but I want to suggest the practical example of an unaccompanied child asylum seeker in Rochdale being required to travel to Salford, where the centre is. I should feel much happier about the amount of disruption to the child’s routine if the immigration officer would come to a centre in Rochdale, rather than have the child travel across the conurbation, with disruption to their education, among other things. Would the Minister consider something like that as an acceptable reporting arrangement?

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