Clause 18

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:45 pm on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Paul Rowen Paul Rowen Shadow Minister, Transport 6:45 pm, 13th March 2007

I am grateful for the Minister’s explanation of the operation of the clause. Our initial concern was whether it enhances the powers of immigration officers without ensuring that the relevant training and support is in place, and I am pleased that she has reassured us that the training already takes place. We are merely seeking to extend the use of trained officers in this area.

I agree with the hon. Member for Ashford that there is a little confusion about designation. I understand the point about clauses 1 to 4, but what safeguards are there to ensure that any immigration officer involved in a seizure, arrest or search has gone through the required training? I thought that the point of the term “designated” in clauses 1 to 4 was to ensure that those safeguards were in place, and I think a similar provision would have been pertinent in this clause,  albeit for a different reason. However, I am happy to accept the Minister’s assurances. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.