New Clause 8 - Return of Individuals due to Serious Criminal Offences

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:54 pm on 17 January 2024.

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“(1) A Minister of the Crown must lay a statement before Parliament within 40 days if both of the following conditions are met—

(a) the Secretary of State has approved a request from the Republic of Rwanda to return to the UK a person previously relocated under the terms of the Rwanda Treaty,

(b) the person specified in (a) had their permission to remain in the Republic of Rwanda revoked owing to the person’s participation in serious crime.

(2) If Parliament is notified of the conditions being met as set out in section (1),—

(a) a motion must be moved by a Minister of the Crown to be debated on the floor of the House of Commons, and

(b) the motion must require the House to—

(i) consider the statement laid before Parliament under section (1), and

(ii) consider whether or not as a result of the contents of the statement, there should be a suspension of the Rwanda Treaty.

(3) For the purposes of this section—

“the Rwanda Treaty” means the agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Rwanda for the provision of an asylum partnership to strengthen shared international commitments on the protection of refugees and migrants, signed at Kigali on 5 December 2023;

“Minister of the Crown” has the same meaning as in the Ministers of the Crown Act 1975.”—(Stephen Kinnock.)

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Question put, That the clause be added to the Bill.

Division number 59 Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill Committee: New Clause 8

Aye: 264 MPs

No: 337 MPs

Aye: A-Z by last name

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No: A-Z by last name

Tellers

The Committee divided: Ayes 264, Noes 338.

Question accordingly negatived.

Clause 1 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

The Speaker resumed the Chair.

Bill reported, without amendment (Standing Order No. 83D(6)).