Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:47 pm on 31st October 2002.

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Photo of Lord Filkin Lord Filkin Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 5:47 pm, 31st October 2002

moved Amendment No. 8:

After Clause 24, insert the following new clause—

"LENGTH OF STAY: GENERAL

(1) The Secretary of State may make regulations requiring him to provide accommodation for a person outside an accommodation centre under a provision of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (c. 33) where the person—

(a) has been a resident of an accommodation centre for a continuous period of time specified in the regulations, and

(b) requests the provision of accommodation outside an accommodation centre.

(2) Regulations under subsection (1) must provide that where paragraph (a) of that subsection applies to a person the Secretary of State must give him an opportunity to make a request of the kind referred to in paragraph (b).

(3) Where the Secretary of State provides accommodation outside an accommodation centre in pursuance of regulations under subsection (1) he shall take any necessary steps to ensure that residence in the accommodation provided does not breach a residence restriction within the meaning of section 22.

(4) Section 50 is subject to regulations under this section."

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 28 [Facilities]: