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 Pannick Lord Pannick Crossbench 6:15 pm, 1st April 2014

I wish to make a suggestion. The noble and learned Lord rightly emphasises that the Secretary of State is the primary decision-maker. However, a way forward might be to give the tribunal some power to overturn a decision of the Secretary of State on a matter of this sort if the Secretary of State is acting unreasonably. That would recognise the primary role of the Secretary of State. What is objectionable is that the Secretary of State must give his or her consent in this context.