Clause 28

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 20th March 2007.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 10:30 am, 20th March 2007

I rise to support the amendment and to add one narrow but important point. My hon. Friend talked about how the Government have suffered problems with the issue of compensation in the past and might again in the future. I would make the point that they are suffering from it at present. It is a continuing problem and, as the Minister will be aware, I have asked some written questions about the numbers receiving compensation and the levels of compensation. Tens of thousands of pounds have been paid out recently to foreign prisoners who have been kept in over the time of their sentence because of the Government’s inability to deport them. I know that many taxpayers will feel that that is, at however small a level, a ludicrous waste of public money.