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 Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 11:45 am, 20th March 2007

Amendment No. 137 disguises the simple question, what is the purpose of subsection (7)(b)? It seeks to delete it, and amendment No. 139 essays another version of it. Clause 29 (7)(b) reads:

“The application of an exception...results in it being assumed neither that deportation of the person concerned is conducive to the public good nor that it is not conducive to the public good”.

It is not, on the surface, apparent what that seeks to achieve or what practical effect it would have. That is why amendment No. 139 states that the deportation of a foreign criminal is always deemed to be conducive to the public good. I am sure that there is a simple explanation for that, but I find it puzzling that this House is being asked to enact legislation that will enable it to do something that may or may not be conducive to the public good. I hope that the Minister can put me out of my confusion on that.