Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:45 pm on 10th October 2002.

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Photo of Lord Judd Lord Judd Labour 6:45 pm, 10th October 2002

My Lords, I support the amendment. If these unfortunate people are denied independent advice at any stage while they are in the United Kingdom before they are granted asylum—if they are to be granted asylum—we must ask why. I am sure that the Minister intends that everything should be above board—I genuinely mean that. If that is the case, it is logical that at any point in the proceedings, wherever they are and whatever is happening, they should be able to have access to that advice. For that reason it is very important that my noble friend the Minister takes the point seriously.