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 Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality) 4:45 pm, 20th March 2007

I have made it my policy to be as helpful to the Committee as I possibly can, and that is the path of least resistance to a successful Third Reading and Report stage. If there is advice that I can usefully summarise and provide to the Committee, I will of course seek to do so.

I am grateful for the comments of the hon. Member for Hertsmere. He has been consistent in his words of  praise for the professionals in the immigration service. Like me, he understands that is important for the House to send a clear signal of support to immigration officers, who often do difficult work in dangerous circumstances. I will undertake to have a conversation with my noble Friend Baroness Scotland to understand what guidance we can issue to the judiciary so that they, too, can understand the gravity and seriousness with which we want the offences to be taken.