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Part of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill – in the House of Lords at 6:30 pm on 12th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Clinton-Davis Lord Clinton-Davis Labour 6:30 pm, 12th March 2012

I will not detain the House for long, but recall only too well the situation posed when I was an MP conducting surgeries on Friday nights. There were many occasions when I had to go to Heathrow to see people who were being deported. They were desperate. They had no alternative. I would not like the situation to be repeated, but I fear that it will be. The Government have to convince this House that desperate people are not to be accommodated at all. That situation is impossible to defend. The proposals being put forward by the Government today are so reckless that they ought to be defeated. It is absurd that ordinary people who are so desperate should have no alternative. That situation should not be encountered at all.