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 Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Conservative, Peterborough 5:00 pm, 13th March 2007

I have a certain amount of sympathy with the Minister because she always gets what could be called the hospital passes in the Home Office and the most difficult briefs. I would like to think that she is among friends this afternoon, although not necessarily in the Chamber—as they say, “kind words butter no parsnips”. Obviously, she has comprehensively answered the point made by the hon. Member for Rochdale and has made the point about asylum seekers and unaccompanied children. I would like to press her on the issue of foreign national prisoners with limited leave to remain. What is her understanding of the  ability of that group of people to access benefits? I am not clear about what their situation is in terms of benefits.