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 David Davies David Davies Conservative, Monmouth 4:30 pm, 15th March 2007

If the hon. Gentleman considers what I have suggested, he will find that it is very simple. Automatic deportation will be presumed if somebody is sentenced to any period of imprisonment. I do not see anything wrong in that, given the fact that people are not sent to prison unless they have done something fairly serious or are doing less serious things on a repeat basis. It is a perfectly reasonable amendment and far more reasonable than the ones put forward earlier by the Government. I offer it up as a third way. It is a moderate compromise that we can all get behind and support, and I put it to members of the Committee that they should do so.