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

Indeed, Polly Toynbee will probably laud me in her column in T he Guardian next week, because what I have suggested is far more reasonable and liberal than what the Government proposed some  time ago. They originally talked about automatic deportation for anyone who broke any rules whatsoever, but I am suggesting automatic deportation for anyone who is sentenced to any form of imprisonment. As we know, it is quite hard to get thrown into prison these days. One has to do something very serious indeed to earn any sort of prison sentence. I have heard a few examples. I have to say to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley that the example of the cigarette end was a little bit misleading, if it resulted in arson in a house in which somebody was living.