Amendment 64A

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (3rd Day) – in the House of Lords at 5:21 pm on 8th March 2022.

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Baroness Neuberger:

Moved by Baroness Neuberger

64A: After Clause 56, insert the following new Clause—“Age assessments: restrictions (1) Age assessments under section 49 or 50 must only be undertaken if there is significant reason to doubt the age of the age-disputed person.(2) A person conducting age assessments under section 49 or 50 must be a local authority social worker.(3) Age assessments must be undertaken in accordance with the Association of Directors of Children’s Services Age Assessment Guidance or equivalent guidance in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.(4) When an age assessment is conducted, a process must be used that allows for an impartial multi-agency approach, drawing on a range of expertise, including from—(a) health professionals,(b) psychologists,(c) teachers,(d) foster parents,(e) youth workers,(f) advocates,(g) guardians, and(h) social workers.(5) When making regulations under section 51, the Secretary of State must not specify scientific methods unless the Secretary of State receives written approval from the relevant medical, dental and scientific professional bodies that the method is both ethical and accurate beyond reasonable doubt for assessing a person’s age.(6) Any organisation developed to oversee age assessments must be independent of the Home Office.(7) The standard of proof for an age assessment is reasonable degree of likelihood.”

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My Lords, we did not get reassurance on several issues. I wish to test the opinion of the House because we need to know more about the ethical response, which we did not get from the Minister.

Ayes 232, Noes 162.

Division number 1 Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (3rd Day) — Amendment 64A

Aye: 232 Members of the House of Lords

No: 162 Members of the House of Lords

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

Amendment 64A agreed.

Clause 57: Provision of information relating to being a victim of slavery or human trafficking