Clause 3 - Immigration documents: forgery

Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 13th January 2004.

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Photo of Mrs Marion Roe Mrs Marion Roe Conservative, Broxbourne

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendments Nos. 72 to 74.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Citizenship and Immigration), Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Citizenship, Immigration and Counter-Terrorism) 4:45 pm, 13th January 2004

The amendments are largely technical and result from insertions into the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 made by the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003. Proposed new section 5(11) of the 1981 Act is necessary in order to include in the definition of immigration documents cards that are issued on request to persons such as European Community nationals to confirm their rights in respect of entry to or residence in the United Kingdom under the Community treaties. The current definition of immigration documents does not include the cards, as they are not issued to people who require leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom. It is essential that we ensure the security of all the documents issued by the immigration and nationality directorate, because of the rights that they confer and their potential value to forgers.

I shall leave my comments at that. The amendments are self-explanatory, but I am happy to answer any questions.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendments made: No. 72, in

clause 3, page 3, line 22, leave out '(7)' and insert '(9)'.

No. 73, in

clause 3, page 3, line 23, at end insert

'satisfies subsection (10) or (11).

(10) A card, adhesive label or other instrument satisfies this subsection if it—'.

No. 74, in

clause 3, page 3, line 30, at end insert—

'(11) A card, adhesive label or other instrument satisfies this subsection if it is given to a person to confirm a right of his under the Community Treaties in respect of entry to or residence in the United Kingdom.''.'.—[Beverley Hughes.]

Clause 3, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.