New Clause 7 - Residential tenancies: repeal of provisions of the Immigration Act 2014

Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 17th November 2015.

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‘(1) The Immigration Act 2014 is amended as follows.

(2) Omit sections 20-37, 74(2)(a) and Schedule 3.—(Keir Starmer.)

Together with amendment 84, this amendment removes the residential tenancies provisions from both the Immigration Act 2014 and the current Bill.

Brought up, and read the First time.

Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Minister (Home Office)

I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

I can deal with new clause 7 very briefly because, as hon. Members will see, it is associated with, and is I think the flipside of, amendment 84, which we discussed the week before last. It aims to remove the residential tenancies right to move provisions from the Immigration Act, but the Committee has already had a substantive debate on this, including discussion of the west midlands pilot, and we voted on amendment 84. In those circumstances, whatever our respective views on these provisions, I am not sure they will become any more influential or powerful by being repeated at length. I therefore do not propose to press new clause 7.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

The hon. and learned Gentleman has clearly reaffirmed the Opposition’s position and I do not think, in the interests of time, that there is any merit in my going over some of the detailed debates that we have already had on amendment 84. We have had extensive debate on the right to rent and I know that there is a difference of opinion across the Committee. Equally I know that the hon. and learned Gentleman recognises that a vote has already been taken and that this new clause repeats some of that ground. I welcome his comment that he does not intend to push new clause 7 to a vote.

Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Minister (Home Office)

I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion.

Clause, by leave, withdrawn.