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 David Davies David Davies Conservative, Monmouth 10:45 am, 20th March 2007

In his usual eloquent manner, the Minister makes two points very well. One issue is whether or not it is possible to deport people to certain places. I would say that flying planes into some areas is difficult, but there are other ways of doing it. The second, wider issue, which he raised first, is whether sending people back to countries like Zimbabwe is morally right. It may be fairly easy physically to send them back, but my wider point, which we should have the guts to say, is that somebody who repeatedly breaks our laws—who robs, rapes and commits murder, grievous bodily harm or other violent offences that merit prison sentences—ought to lose the right not to be deported. If they then come to harm in those countries, that is their own fault for breaking the law; it is not our responsibility to harbour criminals in this country.