New Clause 36 - New information following age assessment or appeal

Nationality and Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:30 am on 4th November 2021.

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“(1) This section applies where—

(a) an age assessment has been conducted on an age-disputed person (“P”) under section (

(b) an appeal under section (

(c) the decision-maker becomes aware of new information relating to P’s age.

(2) In this section, the age assessment referred to in subsection (1)(a) is referred to as the “first age assessment”.

(3) In a case where the first age assessment was conducted by a designated person, they must—

(a) decide whether the new information is significant new evidence, and

(b) if they decide that it is, conduct a further age assessment on P.

(4) In a case where the first age assessment was conducted by a local authority, it must—

(a) decide whether the new information is significant new evidence or refer the new information to a designated person for a decision on that matter, and

(b) if it is decided that the new information is significant new evidence—

(i) conduct a further age assessment on P, or

(ii) refer P to a designated person for a further age assessment.

(5) For the purposes of subsections (3) and (4), new information is “significant new evidence” if there is a realistic prospect that, if a further age assessment were to be conducted on P, taking into account the new information, P’s age would be assessed as different from the age determined in the first age assessment or in the appeal proceedings.

(6) A further age assessment conducted by a designated person under subsection (3) or (4)(b)(ii) is to be treated—

(a) in a case where the first age assessment was conducted under section (

(b) in a case where the first age assessment was conducted under section (

(7) A further age assessment conducted by a local authority under subsection (4)(b)(i) is to be treated as an age assessment conducted by a local authority under section (

(8) A person conducting a further age assessment under this section does not need to revisit matters that were considered in the first age assessment if they do not think it is necessary to do so.”—

This new clause makes provision about the situation where new information comes to light after an age assessment or an appeal, allowing the decision-maker to conduct a further assessment (which would be subject to further appeal) if the information appears compelling.

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.