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 David Davies David Davies Conservative, Monmouth 4:15 pm, 15th March 2007

This country has a proud history of offering hospitality to people who have chosen to come here for different reasons, and it is right that that should continue. Unfortunately, while there have been many good examples of people coming here in large numbers and living constructive lives, there has been a tendency recently for some people from certain countries—I might give an example later—to come with the deliberate intention of breaking the law, in order to profit from doing so. My view, which may be shared by Labour Members and even Liberal Democrat Members, is that we should not have to tolerate that. There is a widespread view among all communities that if people come here and abuse our hospitality, any obligations that we have to them become null and void.

The purpose of my two amendments is to ensure that anyone who received a prison sentence would face automatic deportation as a result. Given what my hon. Friend the Member for Hertsmere has just said about the Government’s original proposals, they are very moderate amendments indeed. I probably ought to become the hero of the Guardian-reading classes for coming up with something that is eminently more moderate.