Clause 16

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:00 pm on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of James Clappison James Clappison Conservative, Hertsmere 5:00 pm, 13th March 2007

I have some sympathy with the amendment, because some asylum seekers have talents that could be used to the advantage of the country. However, as we were warned this morning by Migrationwatch UK, we need to keep in mind the firm distinction between economic migration and claims for asylum. Is not the real solution to speed up the asylum process as much as possible and then to use the talents of those who have been recognised as having a genuine asylum claim? Is it not regrettable that, for many years now, the process has been so very slow?