Clause 28

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 15th March 2007.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley 4:15 pm, 15th March 2007

I am not saying, “Come here, steal things and we will give you a free ticket back”. I gave the example of six months vis-Ã -vis two years. We must consider the extent to which we need to go beyond that. It is an issue to be considered, but not necessarily now by this Committee. Our amendment gives the judge the discretion to say in certain circumstances that are not covered by the automatic provisions or the list in the statutory instrument, “Let us put this person on the conveyor belt towards deportation. When he has completed his sentence, he will be deported.”

The point is that different people find themselves in very different circumstances, and that needs to be considered at the court of first instance. One of my constituents, who does happen to be a British citizen, was imprisoned for five years for dropping a cigarette. It is a complex case that has gone badly wrong, and we are hoping to take it to the Court of Appeal. However—