New Clause 2

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 20th March 2007.

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Photo of James Clappison James Clappison Conservative, Hertsmere 4:45 pm, 20th March 2007

Will the Minister address a related question in his letter to me? Will there be any way to communicate to sentencing judges, through sentencing guidelines, that if somebody is convicted of assaulting an immigration officer and occasioning actual bodily harm, the fact that it was an immigration officer who was assaulted should be regarded as an aggravating feature of the offence? That is to say, the fact that it was an offence of causing actual bodily harm to an immigration officer should be regarded as an aggravating circumstance and make the sentence more serious than it would otherwise be.