Clause 26 - Amendments relating to sections 24 and 25

Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:15 pm on 3rd November 2015.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General

Clause 26 amends schedule 11 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, as a consequence of clause 24, by expanding the offences of assaulting or obstructing a detainee custody officer to include where an officer is performing functions under clause 24 to search for nationality documents. It ensures that a reference to a detainee custody officer in this context also includes a reference to a prison officer or a prisoner custody officer. It is only right, in extending the functions of those officers, that they are covered by existing offences of assault and obstruction. They deserve a degree of protection by criminal law if they are assaulted in the course of their duties.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 26accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 27 ordered to stand part of the Bill.