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 Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 9:45 am, 15th March 2007

It is good to see that deference still operates in parts of the Conservative party.

The Under-Secretary will be aware that we have tabled similar amendments to various parts of the Bill, because we believe in the Government reporting back to Parliament and believe that that should be as  widespread as possible. We feel that this clause is so important that such reporting is particularly important under it.

The Under-Secretary’s point about the migration advisory committee is interesting and, in many ways, welcome. Is she saying that it will set overall numbers, or will it just examine individual sectors?