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Lords Amendment

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:30 pm on 6th November 2002.

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Photo of Lord Joffe Lord Joffe Crossbench 9:30 pm, 6th November 2002

My Lords, I shall ask the Minister four brief questions about flexibility. First, who will decide whether exceptional circumstances exist? Secondly, will the views of parents and children be taken into account? Thirdly, will there be any safeguards, such as a right of appeal? Fourthly, does the Minister think, on the basis of the Home Office's immense experience, that a significant number of cases with exceptional circumstances will arise? By significant, I have in mind something more than 25 per cent.