Immigration Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:30 pm on 1st April 2014.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of The Earl of Sandwich The Earl of Sandwich Crossbench 9:30 pm, 1st April 2014

My Lords, we have gone over the hour and the Minister has had to deal with a whole range of amendments. The underlying thing has been the primary consideration of the best interests of the child.

It was good of the Minister to respond so quickly to a question which I put rather abruptly. He has given a fairly harsh, Home Office reply but I am grateful for that all the same. There is no doubt about the good faith of the Ministers that we know here; it is the system that they represent. They know that it can never be perfect. In fact, the noble Lord, Lord Taylor, mentioned earlier that improvements are being made all the time. This is the whole point of these debates.

I was not satisfied with the answer. I thought that my amendment would provide a simple subsection reiterating what has already been stated and principles that have already been established. Nevertheless, the Minister has clarified and has been very helpful. I hope that the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, will also appreciate that we have gone into the same subject as we did four weeks ago. Yet clarification is helpful to the judiciary and others.

My noble friend Lord Listowel will have to wait a very long time before he can reply to the Minister’s response on Amendment 58, which is at the end of the Bill. However, that new amendment has been a really useful step forward. Meanwhile, I beg leave to withdraw Amendment 15.

Amendment 15 withdrawn.

Clause 18: Article 8 of the ECHR: public interest considerations

Amendment 16 not moved.

Amendment 17

Moved by Lord Pannick

17: Clause 18, page 17, line 5, after “should” insert “normally”