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 Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East 5:00 pm, 13th March 2007

On a similar point, there are a large number of people from Somalia in my constituency. We have a situation in which many of those people are failed asylum seekers, but there are few forced deportations to Somalia—about half a dozen over the past few years. The political situation in Somalia gives cause for optimism for a few weeks and then suddenly everything goes drastically wrong again. As the hon. Member for Rochdale said, people who are highly skilled and can make a real contribution are, at the moment, making no contribution at all and are in limbo. In some cases, they have been in limbo for many years. Will the Minister explain what we should do with people in that situation?