Orders of the Day — Mr. Amarjit Singh

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:56 pm on 23 January 1996.

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Photo of Mr Trevor Skeet Mr Trevor Skeet , Bedfordshire North 11:56, 23 January 1996

Under the rules, the Minister has a discretion. In 32 years in the House I have noticed hard cases, but I think that this is the hardest case. The Minister could exercise his discretion and overrule the ECO. He could decide that the case is now serious; he should consult the consultant; he should take into account what the family think about it; he should pin his researcher down to a briefer period. I should have thought that on that basis he would be adequately covered. Has he any proof over the 30 years of serious mistakes that I have made in evaluating people who come to me?