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

I beg the Committee’s forgiveness for being unable to resist tweaking the nose of the new Labour-friendly Liberal Democrats, as they are according to their leader, albeit that he is their temporary leader.

We can dance round the eye of an intellectual needle about the clauses, but at the end of the day, they should be informed by practical, realistic experience. As the Minister knows, my hon. Friend the Member for Clwyd, West (Mr. Jones) raised the example of Holyhead when we debated the matter on Second Reading. In the absence of any examples to the contrary, the issue is that there are not enough immigration officers and other law enforcement officers such as special branch and others to deal with such matters.

We have heard lots of warm words about training, as if it is a panacea for all the potential problems in the clause. At present, there are no regulations in respect of that training.