Clause 2

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:15 pm on 6th March 2007.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Conservative, Peterborough 5:15 pm, 6th March 2007

Given that the Minister has been referring to discrepancies in people’s arguments, I am surprised that he expects the Committee not to see the difference between an immigration officer quite properly seeking to verify the bona fides of someone entering the United Kingdom through a port and using the legal powers contained in this Bill to detain them, which is a proactive act, and a member of the immigration and nationality directorate, an immigration officer, seeking to apprehend someone who has wilfully escaped that port. There is a difference, and I am surprised that the Minister cannot see it. That is reflected in the amendment.