Report (1st Day)

Part of Immigration Bill – in the House of Lords at 6:15 pm on 1st April 2014.

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Photo of Lord Woolf Lord Woolf Crossbench 6:15 pm, 1st April 2014

I again apologise for interrupting, but will the noble and learned Lord bear in mind that the Secretary of State in this context means the person who is conducting the case on behalf of the Secretary of State in the tribunal on the day of the hearing? If he has not already received instructions on how to deal with it, all he can do is ask for an adjournment so that the matter can be referred back to those who have more authority than he has to decide what course to take. That will mean that, inevitably, the ability of the court—or, in this case, the tribunal—to deal with it in a sensible and summary way is in fact not going to happen in practice.