Report (1st Day)

Part of Immigration Bill – in the House of Lords at 4:15 pm on 1st April 2014.

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Photo of Lord Ramsbotham Lord Ramsbotham Crossbench 4:15 pm, 1st April 2014

My Lords, I am extremely grateful to the Minister for his considered reply and, indeed, for the meetings we have had. I admit that I was seeking an opportunity to raise this issue because it has gone on for too long. The procedures being exercised in our name have gone unchecked and unsupervised in a way that has allowed bad procedures to be passed from one contracted company to another contracted company over the years, which really ought to have been checked.

I like to think that the exercise that the Minister has outlined means that this will at last be put to an end. The people who have actually been served worst by this are Ministers, who have been put into embarrassing positions which they really should not have been. I am happy to withdraw the amendment because I think that the point has been made fully, and I am grateful to the Minister for doing so. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 7 withdrawn.

Clause 5: Restrictions on detention of unaccompanied children

Amendment 8 not moved.

Clause 7: Immigration bail: repeat applications and effect of removal directions

Amendment 9

Moved by Baroness Williams of Crosby

9: Clause 7, page 6, line 45, at end insert—

“(1A) In paragraph 16 (detention of persons liable to examination or removal) after sub-paragraph (4) insert—

“(5) A person detained under this paragraph must be released on bail in accordance with paragraph 22 no later than the sixtieth day following that on which the person was detained.””