Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:15 pm on 10th October 2002.

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Photo of Baroness Carnegy of Lour Baroness Carnegy of Lour Conservative 4:15 pm, 10th October 2002

My Lords, there will be a great need from the start for careful public relations on accommodation centres. The people in the neighbourhood will want to know whether it is succeeding in what it is supposed to be doing. If there are good public relations they will be keen to play a part in helping people through their time in the accommodation and probably after in some cases. Such a report, which can be made available in the local community, will be an opportunity for that. To that extent it is a very good idea. I do not know whether my noble friend minds too much about the wording of her amendment. I have not asked her. Her idea leads one to think that the Secretary of State should think about how he will conduct local public relations—he is the one to do it—to make sure that local people understand what is going on. If there is a problem with medicine or the availability of doctors, for example, they will want to know how it is being handled to keep everyone in the area happy.