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

The hon. Gentleman raises an important point and I see that the hon. Members for Reigate and for Ashford are smiling. There is a possibility that those with limited leave can access benefits, but, as I said to the hon. Member for Rochdale, that is a matter for the Department for Work and Pensions and has no proper place in the Bill. I hope that I have adequately explained my reasons for not accepting the amendment and that he will withdraw it.