Clause 9

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 12:00 pm, 13th March 2007

I take the point about clause 6, although that provision reflects only a change in the value of money and not other circumstances such as the relative level of offences. However, I am puzzled why the Minister says that civil penalties are more appropriate than criminal ones. Anyone who falls under the provisions of the clause will think that they have committed a crime—it is a statute enacted by Parliament and enforced by the authorities. That sounds much more like a criminal offence than something for civil legal procedures. I am puzzled why he thinks that the latter is more appropriate.