Clause 28

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 15th March 2007.

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Photo of James Clappison James Clappison Conservative, Hertsmere 4:30 pm, 15th March 2007

I understand the Liberal Democrat Member’s point, but is not the answer that neither my hon. Friend’s amendments, nor my amendments, nor the Bill itself will take away the existing power of the judge to recommend deportation if he thinks that it is appropriate—that is the discretion to which the hon. Gentleman refers—or for the Home Secretary, quite independently of what happens in the courts, to make an order that somebody’s presence is not conducive to the public good? The problem is that the procedures  are so labyrinthine and subject to uncertainty and bureaucracy that we end up with the problems that we had last spring, but the powers remain in place.