UK Borders Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 27th February 2007.

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Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Labour, Hartlepool 10:30 am, 27th February 2007

I share the view that it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Illsley—in fact, you seem to chair every Bill Committee on which I serve. I do not know which of us has drawn the short straw.

I should like to speak against the amendment. I know that we—the Committee and the House—are finding our feet, but the Refugee Children’s Consortium provided written evidence for hon. Members, in UKB 05, which I found very useful. However, I wonder what precedents we are setting, having oral and written evidence. I would like the broadest possible range of evidence available, from a whole host of sources, but I wonder whether we are taking up the Committee’s time when we could be using other avenues to explore and tease out particular aspects of the Bill. As I said, I found the written submission of the Refugee Children’s Consortium extremely useful and informative, but I would feel happier—the Committee might feel happier—if we had another source in that oral evidence slot.