Clause 28

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 20th March 2007.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 10:45 am, 20th March 2007

That is exactly right. That is an extremely good question and one that I hope the Minister can address when he responds. Notwithstanding the deep problems that the Government are in, I am sure that the purpose of my hon. Friend’s amendment is to help and to give proper teeth to this important clause. We support the underlying principles of the clause but we want to make it effective. We want to get the Minister off one of the many hooks that his job entails him being on, which is shelling out taxpayers’ money to people who richly do not deserve it. I hope that the amendment can help him to solve that problem.