Clause 1

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 6th March 2007.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 12:00 pm, 6th March 2007

I am fascinated by the Minister’s last remarks. I am grateful to him for sharing with the Committee the fact that those discussions are going on, but can he clarify whether it is possible that in the later stages of the Bill’s passage he will propose amendments that make the IND subject to section 11 of the Children Act 2004? If not, can he indicate over what sort of time scale the discussions are taking place? If another  immigration Bill is introduced in the next session of Parliament, as has been widely suggested, might such an amendment be moved then? It would be particularly useful for the Committee to know how much of that he intends to introduce into the current Bill. Even if that is not the intention, some suggestion of the time scale for the future would be extremely helpful.