Clause 28

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 15th March 2007.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 4:45 pm, 15th March 2007

I appreciate that. Clearly, the prison population changes on a constant and daily basis. Nevertheless, the underlying point is that the process will not be automatic for a large number—many thousands—of foreign prisoners. Frankly, there is a gap between the rhetoric and the reality of what the Government are promising.

Amendment No. 142 is consequential to the previous amendment and, again, it would expand the range of the clause. This debate has been enormously important and if the Bill is designed to secure our borders, a much better deportation system than the present one is necessary. I am sure that the Minister recognises that and it is presumably why these clauses are in the Bill. The various amendments tabled by me and by my hon. Friends simply try to make that system genuinely effective and, once and for all, to make it clear that Britain’s borders are open. People are welcome to come to this country, but they are not welcome to come here and prey with criminal intent on its people. We need to clearly send out that message.