Clause 29 - Offence

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:45 pm on 25th October 2005.

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Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendment No. 64.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality), Home Office

The amendments reflect, in a tidier fashion, the differences in penalties and sentences from those that were originally intended. It is another example of a listening Government who, having recognised the mistake in legalese, correct it. I commend the amendments and the clause to the Committee.

Photo of Humfrey Malins Humfrey Malins Shadow Minister, (Assisted By Shadow Law Officers)

Would it be appropriate to ask the Minister if he considers that because these matters could be complicated and serious, there should have been a provision for them to be triable on indictment in the Crown court as well as in the magistrates court because of the increased penalties? It is just a small point.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality), Home Office

I shall not go into that now but I am more than happy to look at it and get back to the hon. Gentleman.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment made: No. 64, in clause 29, page 15, line 9, leave out subsection (3).—[Mr. McNulty.]

Clause 29, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 30 ordered to stand part of the Bill.