Clause 18

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:31 pm on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 6:31 pm, 13th March 2007

As I was saying, the job of handling seized cash is done perfectly competently by the police already and amendment No. 93 seeks to prevent the necessity of setting up a parallel system for immigration officers for two reasons. First, as has been observed, any change is difficult for the Home Office. Secondly, because of the bureaucracy that is inevitably and rightly involved in such a sensitive area of operations, for which proper checks and systems are absolutely vital, it would be expensive and unnecessary to set up a parallel set of checks. I commend amendment No. 93 to the Under-Secretary, as well as the previous amendments about using only designated immigration officers to exercise the new powers.