Clause 22 - Repeal

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 20 October 2005.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.  

Photo of Evan Harris Evan Harris Science, Non-Departmental & Cross Departmental Responsibilities

I rise not to delay the Committee, but to elicit a smile from the Government Whip—[Interruption.] Whether it was worth it or not, I do not know.

I would have liked to celebrate the repeal of sections 8 and 8A of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996. However, we have not yet tackled the employment of asylum seekers legally here while awaiting a decision, which sometimes takes a long time, and perhaps we shall have an opportunity to tackle that if it is judged that the Bill is wide enough. We cannot say that we have dealt with the restrictions on employment in the immigration and asylum arena   while the hiatus exists—I know that many people share my view—whereby asylum seekers are usually prevented from working. This is not the time or place to go into that, but I did not want this repeal to go through without making that point.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 22 ordered to stand part of the Bill

Further consideration adjourned.—[Joan Ryan.]

Adjourned accordingly at twenty-three minutes to Five o'clock till Tuesday 25 October at half-past Ten o'clock.