Clause 35 - Article 33(2): particularly serious crime

Part of Nationality and Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:30 pm on 26th October 2021.

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Photo of Roger Gale Roger Gale Conservative, North Thanet 5:30 pm, 26th October 2021

With this it will be convenient to discuss the following:

Amendment 53, in clause 35, page 34, line 21, leave out “12 months” and insert “four years”.

Under this amendment, persons shall be deemed to have committed a “particularly serious crime” if they receive a prison sentence of more than four years in the UK (as opposed to two years at present, or 12 months as proposed in the Bill).

Amendment 52, in clause 35, page 34, line 24, leave out sub-paragraph (i).

Under this amendment, persons receiving certain prison sentence outside the UK, or persons who could have received such a sentence had they been convicted in the UK, shall be presumed (as at present) but not automatically deemed (as proposed in the Bill) to have committed a particularly serious crime.

Amendment 54, in clause 35, page 34, line 27, leave out paragraphs (b) and (c) and insert—

“(b) in paragraph (b), for “two years” substitute “four years”;

“(c) in paragraph (c), for “two years” substitute “four years””.

Under this amendment, persons shall be deemed to have committed a “particularly serious crime” if they receive a prison sentence of more than four years outside the UK (as opposed to two years at present, or 12 months as proposed in the Bill), or if they could have received such a sentence had they been convicted in the UK.

Clause stand part.