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Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 33 (2 Mar 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: If I may—

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 33 (2 Mar 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, I will not be quite as brief as that, but I will try to be brief. I rise to support Amendment 33 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Neville-Rolfe, which I have co-sponsored. It is surely right that the failure to produce identifying documents should be a factor—I put it no stronger than that—in assessing the credibility of a claimant. The destruction of identity documents...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 30 (28 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, I will very briefly speak to Amendment 30 and say that I very strongly agree with the remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson, who I thought said some very valuable things. I would like to say and make it clear that I am actually in favour of asylum. I believe that it is absolutely right in principle but I find in this debate and more generally that there is something of an...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 25 (28 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, I will just say a word in support of what the noble Lord, Lord Horam, said, about public opinion. We have to be careful here. A substantial slice of public opinion is concerned about the scale and nature of the inflow of people claiming to be refugees, and the shambles in the channel at the moment is no help. We need to bear that in mind in all our discussions. I do not think that...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 25 (28 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: Before the noble Lord sits down—

Elections Bill - Second Reading (23 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Moore of Etchingham on a remarkable, welcome and amusing speech. It is a very difficult one to follow. There are some very important issues in the Bill, and we will come to them later. My purpose today is to draw noble Lords’ attention to an anomaly in our election law which, thanks to this Bill, we have an opportunity to correct. Under current...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: National Insurance: Foreign Nationals (11 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: To ask Her Majesty's Government why the statistics on National Insurance numbers issued to overseas nationals were delayed two days before the due publication date of 25 November 2021; why they have now been suspended; and when they expect them to be published.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 174 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: Is the Minister aware that, in some countries, applicants choose those families that come to London regularly in the summer, with a view to leaving them after a month or two and settling, legally or otherwise, in the UK? The system needs to be fairly tight to avoid trouble on that front.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 174 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, I support Amendment 183 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Wallace of Saltaire, which I am cosponsoring along with the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett, and the noble Lord, Lord Rooker. I do not always agree with the Lib Dems, but I think the noble Lord’s arguments were very powerful and need to be listened to. The effect of this route is to sell permanent residence in the UK, and...

Written Answers — Home Office: Borders: Northern Ireland (8 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 24 January (HL5259), what immigration controls will be put in place under the proposed ETA system at (1) sea crossings between the Republic of Ireland and the UK and (2) sea crossings between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 97 (3 Feb 2022)

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, the noble Baroness is right to say this is the detained fast track brought back again, in effect. I simply say that this is a very good idea. Leaving aside the detail, if experienced officials can see that a case is really very unlikely to be a genuine one, there should be a fast track and the person should be detained. The details can be sorted, but it is the right way to go. It...

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

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, is the Minister saying that in practice—I hope he is—if someone has quite clearly destroyed their documents, that will be taken into account when considering their claim?

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

Lord Green of Deddington: Would the noble Baroness like to say whether evidence is ever deliberately produced late in order that it is impossible to remove people for whom such a decision has been made?

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

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, I will speak briefly to Amendment 85 on the destruction of documents. I am a sponsor of this amendment, together with the noble Baroness, Lady Neville-Rolfe, who is unfortunately unwell and in isolation. The purpose of these subsections is to indicate matters that might damage a claimant’s credibility in respect of an asylum or human rights claim. The destruction of documents is...

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

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, I am not sure whether this is helpful to the Minister or not, but the Dublin agreement was just quoted. Over the last five years, we asked France and Germany whether they would take back 2,480 cases. They took 234, which is just under 10%. Let us not imagine either that the Dublin agreement was useful or that something similar will be in future.

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

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, I will not move Amendment 76 and will consider the Minister’s comments on it.

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

Lord Green of Deddington: I do not see the relevance of that question. Let me conclude, if I may. As we discussed earlier in this debate, the Government’s asylum workload has tripled from 40,000 cases in 2012 to 120,000 cases in 2021. Furthermore, nearly half of all cases awaiting an initial decision have been waiting for 12 months or more. In the present situation, they would in any case get permission to work....

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

Lord Green of Deddington: I am a bit puzzled. Although the precise numbers vary from year to year, it is quite clear that substantial numbers—30%, 40% or 50%, depending on which year you take—turn out not to have a case for asylum in this country. Surely that should be a factor. Surely the way forward is, as the noble Lord proposed when he first spoke, to speed this situation up so that we can get the answers...

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

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, we have heard eight speakers on one side of this debate, and I think a word is in order from the other side. We are back to the same point: should we or should we not assume that all those who come here to seek asylum are genuine? It is, to me, no answer to reply that we are all human. Of course we are, but so are the population of this country and the constituents of those who...

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

Lord Green of Deddington: Yes, I heard that opinion poll mentioned a couple of times. I would actually like to see the question and the context in what it was put. Any opinion poll needs to be looked at very carefully, but it may well be the case—I do not know, I have not looked at this particular one—if you ask the public that question today, they will say “Okay, sounds sensible”. What I am saying is that, if...


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