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 Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 5:00 pm, 13th March 2007

Indeed; and speeding up the asylum system is the key to our approach. In fact, we are having some success. The hon. Gentleman will know that, with the national asylum model, the end-to-end process is much more effective than previously. It has made a substantial difference in the time that it takes for cases to go from initial claim to completion.

May I say to the hon. Member for Rochdale that clause 16 does not introduce any new restrictions on  the employment of persons granted limited leave to remain? As I said, the amendment would narrow the circumstances in which leave could be granted, subject to employment restrictions. It could achieve the opposite of what he seeks, although I understand the point that he is making.