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Immigration Bill

Part of Bills Presented – in the House of Commons at 3:50 pm on 13th October 2015.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Independent, North Down 3:50 pm, 13th October 2015

I know that the hon. Lady takes a particular interest in Northern Ireland, and I hope that she will therefore be as alarmed as I am—along with, I am sure, others on these Benches—that part 7 of the Bill, which requires public sector workers to speak fluent English, does not extend to Northern Ireland. The last time I checked, Northern Ireland was guaranteed its place in the United Kingdom by the Belfast agreement. Why should not part 7, which the hon. Lady praises, apply to it?