Clause 23 - Retention of things seized under Part 3 of the Immigration Act 1971

Part of Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 3rd November 2015.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General 2:45 pm, 3rd November 2015

Clause 23 inserts a new section 28ZI into the Immigration Act 1971 that provides for the retention of material seized by immigration officers for the purposes of a criminal investigation. This simply aligns the framework for the retention of anything seized by an immigration officer for a criminal purpose with that applying to police in England and Wales under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. That should be a welcome insertion that all Members will feel comfortable with, knowing that there is a harmonisation of the powers.