Clause 29

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:45 am on 20th March 2007.

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Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Opposition Whip (Commons) 11:45 am, 20th March 2007

I apologize for intervening here, but I want to go back to the original point. The exceptions include breaches of

“a person’s Convention rights,...the United Kingdom’s obligations under the Refugee Convention” and, under subsection (4), rights “under the Community treaties.” In the circumstances set out by the Minister, subsection (3), unless amended, would leave the United Kingdom in advance of the rights position laid out under the convention and other treaties. He can safely accept the amendment tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for Monmouth, because the position of people in such circumstances is still protected by the wider treaty obligations of the United Kingdom. I do not see why the United Kingdom should have a position in advance of the convention rights and the other international agreements listed among the exceptions.