Clause 1

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:15 pm on 6th March 2007.

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Photo of Paul Rowen Paul Rowen Shadow Minister, Transport 12:15 pm, 6th March 2007

I thank the Minister for contributing to a constructive series of debates on clause 1. Opposition Members tabled several amendments to strengthen the Bill, and he has listened to us and promised to table amendments incorporating what we seek to do, which is welcome. That shows the value of Committees in allowing hon. Members to raise issues that can be taken up by the Executive. One point of difference remains—the amount of scrutiny that the regulations will receive—but no doubt we will return to that matter at a later stage.

I welcome what is proposed in clause 1. I believe that it will go a long way towards strengthening and improving what goes on at our ports, improving co-operation between the various officers and the various branches and ensuring that our ports continue to operate to a high standard and that immigration officers themselves are given the comfort of additional regulation and training, which the new powers will place on them.