Clause 19

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 7:00 pm on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Paul Rowen Paul Rowen Shadow Minister, Transport 7:00 pm, 13th March 2007

I am grateful for the Under-Secretary’s explanation, which is important to the operation of the system, because hon. Members need to understand how it will operate. If I may, I shall give her two other examples of cases that I have dealt with in which the current system allowed the appeal and therefore allowed migrant workers to come into the country. In one case, which I dealt with last year, a number of stonemasons were allowed into the country to carry out some work. They were allowed in because they were to be working on a local mosque and we were able to show that although a British stonemason might have the qualifications to be a stonemason, they would not be able to carve the Arabic words that were wanted on  the front of the mosque. That to me was an example of a case in which the qualification is there and is equivalent to a qualification that exists in this country, but someone could say that extra evidence has to be shown, which is the ability to do that—