Clause 16

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Paul Rowen Paul Rowen Shadow Minister, Transport 4:30 pm, 13th March 2007

I am glad that you have joined us for our deliberations, Mr. Amess. Does the Minister not accept that far better arrangements could be made than using immigration and nationality directorate officers? She talked about the current consultation. If there is a requirement to deal with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, would it not be better to deal with them through social services or local authorities, which have expertise in dealing with young people?