Clause 19

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:15 am on 15th 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 9:15 am, 15th March 2007

If the hon. Gentleman thinks through how the system will work, he will find that this measure will have the opposite effect. It will lift the pressure and make a more streamlined and speedier system, which will be to the benefit of all: those who apply; those who deal with the appeals; and in fact employers, colleges and others, who will benefit from a speedy system and from knowing who will be given extension to their leave and who will not.

Just to backtrack a little bit, there was one other point that the hon. Member for Hertsmere put to me, about who will decide whether a document is forged. It is for the asylum and immigration tribunal to decide whether an appeal is allowed, so it would have to decide whether a document is valid or not.

This measure is not a new right of appeal, so there is no reason why it would add extra pressure to the system and every reason why it would reduce pressure. It restricts evidence that already exists from being submitted at appeals. It will be a beneficial measure.

The amendment has illuminated some of the issues and I hope that it has clarified how this measure would operate and to whom it would apply. However, I cannot accept the amendment for the reasons that I have given—reasons of justice regarding the appellant being refused on the basis that I have explained. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that this matter is narrowly defined and that the point of the measures is to ensure that no new evidence will be submitted to appeals, unless it falls within those narrowly defined instances.

With that, I ask the hon. Gentleman to withdraw his amendment.