Amendment 174

Part of Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued) – in the House of Lords at 6:00 pm on 10 February 2022.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley of Knighton Lord Berkeley of Knighton Crossbench 6:00, 10 February 2022

My Lords, it is a pleasure and privilege to make this trio of noble Lords—of naughty boys—into a quartet led by the noble Lord, Lord Wallace, because I strongly support all the points that have been made. On this occasion, I am talking not about people with millions of pounds, but about domestic workers, mentioned in the amendment from the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee. Here, there is another financial imperative for the Treasury, because I have long thought that we force people into the black economy because they simply cannot find a legal way to stay here.

I suggest to the Minister that this amendment would at least help a lot of people to come out into the open and pay taxes. If they could extend legal visas, those people would not go into the black economy and extend that uncontrolled area of work.