Clause 1

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 6th March 2007.

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Photo of Paul Rowen Paul Rowen Shadow Minister, Transport 11:15 am, 6th March 2007

I support the remarks of the hon. Member for Ashford. It is important to set out in the Bill that regulations will be put in place and that they will come into effect before the commencement of the Act. It has  already been said that our immigration officers do a fantastic job, often in very difficult circumstances. The Minister mentioned that. For example, on Sunday morning three large jumbos arrived at Manchester at the same time and it took people an hour and a half to get through immigration. Nevertheless, the immigration officer could only apologise for the delay and everyone was dealt with extremely well and speedily. I was interested in what the Minister said, particularly his point that the regulations may change over time and that there should therefore be some parliamentary scrutiny of them. If the Minister is assuring us that those regulations will be subject to some form of affirmative resolution, I would support that.