Clause 52 - Identified potential victims in England and Wales: assistance and support

Part of Nationality and Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 2 November 2021.

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Photo of Holly Lynch Holly Lynch Shadow Minister (Home Office) 10:45, 2 November 2021

I am grateful to the Minister, once again, for his response. He paints a picture of the NRM that I do not think would be recognised by those working with it on the frontline. We heard testimony from those within the NRM that it was not clear that they were even in it, because it was not clear what provisions or support they were receiving. I wish it was the case that the description and the offer of support that he outlines were there in reality.

The Minister says the discretion within the Bill is necessary in order to facilitate going further and doing more, but we know that discretion is also used to offer less than we think is appropriate for victims who require that support. We will continue to argue and make the case for amendments 2, 3 and 4, but in the interests of time, we will simply vote against clause 52 in its entirety. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.