New Clause 16

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:00 pm on 20th March 2007.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 5:00 pm, 20th March 2007

I echo the Minister’s words of thanks, particularly to you, Mr. Illsley, and to your co-Chairman. It has been a life-enhancing experience to be on a Committee chaired by the two of you. Similarly, I particularly thank the Clerk of the Committee for her hard work and guidance during the discussions and the tabling of amendments and so on, and of course the Hansard reporters and the police. The Minister talked about constitutional innovations, but I think that thanking Whips in public is possibly a constitutional innovation that I, as a Conservative, will have to go away and think about before committing myself to. It might be dangerous.

I extend my thanks and the thanks of those on the Opposition Benches to the Ministers for such clear exposition as they have been able to give on some of the amendments and clauses. As we all know, this has been not only a well run Committee, as the Minister said, but a good-natured one. I hope that, in its way, it has done some good work in moving the Bill forward and scrutinising it so that we can return to it, refreshed, at its later stages and seek to improve it even more.