Clause 19

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 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 9:45 am, 15th March 2007

I can assure the hon. Member for Hertsmere that he will get nothing but up-front honesty from the Government. I am pleased to say that although I cannot accept this amendment, I do not think that the hon. Gentleman and his party will have any need to require me to when I explain to them that the measures we are taking will meet exactly the requirement that they have outlined with regard to reporting to Parliament. Like them, our view is that all these measures are about creating greater transparency and that should be married to appropriate scrutiny. That is exactly what we are attempting to achieve here and what I think these measures when implemented will do.

We have ranged across the whole of the points-based system and this clause is in fact about in-country appeals, but I will cover some of the points that the hon. Gentleman has made on the points-based system. Suffice it to say that the points-based system is an important policy that we have brought forward, which  will help us to ensure that migration to this country meets the needs of this country. It is the case—and the hon. Member for Hertsmere has made the point himself—that, although there is a balance to be struck, there is economic gain to this country from appropriate immigration.