Clause 20

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 15th March 2007.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 10:00 am, 15th March 2007

With this group of amendments, in particular new clause 4, we come to the biggest failure of omission of the Bill; it makes several failures of commission, but this is the issue that would be most important in making it defective. We all agree—it is one of the issues that does not divide any of the  parties—that we want a robust border system and we want our borders to be policed and guarded much more effectively than they have been in recent years. There is an enormous coalition behind the idea of a specialist border force.