Knowingly Overstaying Limited Leave

Part of Clause 5 – in the House of Commons at 10:45 pm on 4th May 1988.

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Photo of Mr Max Madden Mr Max Madden , Bradford West 10:45 pm, 4th May 1988

The unfortunate fact is not only that the amendment exists but that we also have the clause and the Bill.

I regret the Government's political will and determination to push through this dangerous legislation. They have shown no willingness to listen to those from the Churches, the voluntary agencies or the community organisations who have told them time and again that the legislation does not address itself to the real problems of black and Asian people throughout the country. It is a recipe for disharmony. It is a recipe for division, anger and resentment at a time when we need to bring communities together and build confidence between those communities and the police. My view of this legislation is shared by the vast majority of my colleagues on the Opposition Benches.