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Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 77 (3 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I will speak to the five amendments in this group—Amendments 83, 88, 90B, 95A and 137, and the question of whether Clause 25 should stand part—all of which I have co-signed or are in my name. The four I have co-signed are inspired by the Joint Committee on Human Rights and are in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Dubs. He has had to leave and has asked me to give his apologies....

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 68 (3 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: Surely the noble Lord, Lord Rosser, is right: there is no realistic possibility. The Minister keeps “not confirming” that there are no return arrangements in place yet; she lives in hope, but the reality is that there are none and it seems unlikely that there will be any in the near future. I know there are hopes for one with France after the presidential election; well, good luck with...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 68 (3 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I do not think that the noble Lord is right about EU arrangements. I remember as an MEP fighting hard on the inadmissibility provisions in EU directives. On the Dublin arrangements, my understanding is that the UNHCR is satisfied that those arrangements were compliant with the refugee convention. I contend that Clause 15 is not, hence I have put my name to some of the amendments in...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 64 (3 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: Can I intervene on an intervention? What is wrong if those people are allowed to work? If it is then determined that they have no right to stay, they would then have to leave—but, in the meantime, they are supporting themselves, perhaps using their skills and contributing tax. If they are then found not to have a legal claim to stay, so be it. I cannot see what the harm is in the meantime.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 64 (3 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, the case for asylum seekers being able to work after a few months is compelling. I am sorry that we have not heard from the noble Baroness, Lady Stroud, but I perfectly understand why she is not able to be here. Amendment 65 was admirably moved by the noble Baroness, Lady Lister. In the debate on Clause 11, several noble Lords invoked public opinion, saying that it was wary of...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 64 (3 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: The noble Lord has taken the wind out of my sails; I was going to quote that statistic, though I must admit I did not know it came from there. I got it from the splendid Lift the Ban organisation. If the majority of people who seek asylum are ultimately found to be entitled to stay here as refugees, after either an initial decision or an appeal, how demoralising and frustrating for them to...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 56 (3 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I support all the amendments in this group and I ask the Minister to address in her response a couple of issues, particularly in relation to Amendments 57 and 61, about restricting the placing of vulnerable people in accommodation centres—military barracks. When a similar amendment to Amendment 57 was tabled in Committee in the other place, the Home Office Minister, Tom Pursglove,...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 46 (1 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: Before the Minister answers—I am sorry to prolong the debate; I was going to leave this point until group 8 on the right to work—she talked about pull factors being an absolute fact, but the Migration Advisory Committee said in its annual report in December: “To the extent that the Home Office has robust evidence to support a link between the employment ban and a pull factor, they...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 46 (1 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My recollection of the French criticism is that they were criticising the ability of asylum seekers to work in the black economy—not the ability to be idle and live off the taxpayer. I imagine that any welfare possibilities in the UK would be less than in France. What they are criticising is the relative unregulated state of our employment market. Some of that criticism is valid; some is...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 40 (1 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I will speak very briefly. The remarks by the noble Baroness, Lady Neuberger, made me reflect. She was talking about how it takes a year, 18 months or two years for the people whom she has met in the course of her admirable-sounding charity, to be able to fully open up and explain themselves. This makes me think how similar this is to grief. For asylum seekers who have been forced...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 37 (1 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: I hope the Minister would acknowledge that—speaking only for myself—what I was doing was objecting to the restriction. I did not criticise the existing record, although my proposed Private Member’s Bill would expand the scope. The objection is to the poor proposed treatment of group 2 refugees under family reunion. I was not talking about the numbers to date.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 37 (1 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: Before the noble Baroness responds, I add that I do not think that the noble Lord, Lord Rosser, is confused: I fear that the Minister is being mildly disingenuous with us. Can she confirm that there is a difference in the intended treatment of group 1 and group 2 refugees as concerns family reunion? Otherwise, what is the point of Clause 11(6): “The Secretary of State or an immigration...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 37 (1 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: I was not clear about the noble Baroness’s reference to me. The fact that I did not actually say that I believed Clause 11 breaks the refugee convention does not mean that I do not think that it does, because everybody else had said it. I was not quite clear what she meant.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 37 (1 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: The clause breaches the refugee convention, in my opinion. I agree with many people who said that.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 37 (1 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I remind everyone that Clause 11 is not only not about immigration, let alone illegal immigration; it is not even about asylum seekers. It is titled “Differential treatment of refugees”—people who have been recognised and accepted as entitled to asylum in this country. What Clause 11 means is that the Government want to penalise a certain category of people who have been...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 36 (1 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: Can I just ask the noble Lord about his assumption—it seemed to be a stereotype—that young single men are not at risk? I do not claim to be an expert on the profile of asylum seekers, but one can imagine that, because a young man might be seen to be less vulnerable than a young woman in a dangerous journey towards safety and, perhaps, also vulnerable to recruitment into ISIS, for...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 36 (1 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: But that is why we need family reunion routes.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 34 (1 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I certainly welcome a great deal of what the Minister had to say, and I thank her for it. I will have to read Hansard just to make sure that I have mastered every detail of her response. This is an incredibly complicated subject; I think I have forgotten almost everything I thought I knew about settled status. It is one of those things that has become a bit of a blur over the last...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 34 (1 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I hope not to have to detain the Committee for too long on this admittedly complicated subject of the anomalous historical legacy of comprehensive sickness insurance—hereafter CSI—because I am hoping that the Minister will spring up, interrupt me and pledge that the Home Office will resolve all the left-over problems faced by some EU citizens today. She was kind enough to meet...

Ministers: Overseas Travel - Question (1 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: When so many people are having to resort to food banks and are terrified about the rise in the cost of living, did the Foreign Secretary not display a rather Marie Antoinette “let them eat cake” attitude?


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