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extension of leave to remain

Part of Coronavirus Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:52 pm on 23rd March 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Conservative, Sutton Coldfield 7:52 pm, 23rd March 2020

The hon. Gentleman may well be right about the Civil Contingencies Act, because the drafter of that legislation has confirmed that that is his understanding—at least, I believe that to be the case. I agree that two years is too long. I would have preferred the amendment tabled by my right hon. Friend Mr Davis to be adopted. I do not think there is any sense in the Committee that we want to vote on this. We want to put the Government on notice that the length of time is a matter of concern and we must have a chance to review the legislation; the Government appear to be moving towards agreeing to six-monthly reviews. Although I completely agree with the hon. Gentleman about the importance of the matters that he has sought to enshrine in his amendment, I think that that would encapsulate the will of the Committee.