New Clause 18 - Responsibilities of masters of vessels, etc

Part of Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 27th January 2004.

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'(1) The master of a vessel used to convey a person who is the subject of immigration control to the United Kingdom—

(a) shall deliver to an immigration officer a list (''the manifest'') of all such persons whether passengers or crew;

(b) shall not remove the vessel until authorised to do so by an immigration officer.

(2) Failure to comply with subsection (1) shall be an offence.

(3) An immigration officer shall authorise the removal of the vessel—

(a) when all persons so listed have reported to an immigration officer; or

(b) in such other circumstances as he considers appropriate.

(4) In order to ensure that any person so listed either reports to an immigration officer or returns to the vessel the master shall have authority over that person as if he were still aboard the vessel.

(5) The Secretary of State may, by order subject to the approval of each House of Parliament, amend the Civil Aviation Act 1982 and the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 to secure that the master of a vessel has power to arrest and deliver up to an immigration officer any person aboard or having disembarked from that vessel whom he reasonably believes may be subject to immigration control and not to have reported to an immigration officer.

(6) The Secretary of State may, by order subject to the negative procedure, amend any regulation in order to secure, subject to any enactment, that the master of a vessel have power to arrest and deliver up to an immigration officer any person aboard or having disembarked from that vessel whom he reasonably believes may be subject to immigration control and not to have reported to an immigration officer.

(7) The Secretary of State may, by order subject to the approval of each House of Parliament, make regulations under this section to secure that the driver of a train, motor car or similar vehicle or a person authorised by him shall have power to arrest and deliver up to an immigration officer any person aboard or having disembarked from that vehicle whom he reasonably believes may be subject to immigration control and not to have reported to an immigration officer.

(8) In this section ''vessel'' includes any craft whether used by land, sea or air and ''master'' shall be construed accordingly.'.—[Mr. Andrew Turner.]

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