Lord Stewart of Dirleton

The Advocate-General for Scotland

Conservative Peer

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  • Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 68 19 Feb 2024

    My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Coaker, for Amendment 68, but I cannot support its addition to the Bill. We do not consider such a change necessary, as individuals would be returned from Rwanda only in extremely limited circumstances, which we have agreed to in this legally binding treaty. The first question that the noble Lord, Lord Coaker, posed was to ask the Government again for...
  • Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 68 19 Feb 2024

    The provision in the treaty is reserved for the most serious crimes—one punishable by five years or more imprisonment. The amendment would necessitate, in the rare event of such returns to the United Kingdom, parliamentary consideration as to whether the Rwanda treaty should be suspended. However, it does not follow that, because an individual is returned from Rwanda to the United Kingdom...
  • Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 68 19 Feb 2024

    I will have to revert to the noble Lord with an answer to that question, which is a hypothetical situation I had not considered. The Government have set out the expense caused to the British taxpayer of billions of pounds in relation to illegal migration. As my noble friend Lord Sharpe of Epsom has pointed out on more than one occasion, our primary concern is the dreadful cost in life that it...

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Conservative Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 6 November 2020

Currently held offices

  • The Advocate-General for Scotland (since 15 Oct 2020)

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