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Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 128B (14 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: Will the Minister give way?

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 128B (14 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: My intervention is on the previous topic.

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 128B (14 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: I am grateful to the Minister for allowing me to intervene. I return to Amendment 128B and his comments on those with BNO status. I raised whether they should be included within the safe and legal routes for the clear reason that they are not seeking protection and do not fall under UNHCR; they are British citizens who have rights under the British Nationality Act. If there are limits to...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 128B (14 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: With the greatest of respect to the Minister, it is covered by Amendment 128B. It is quite explicitly covered by that amendment.

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 128B (14 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I will speak in support of the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Durham’s Amendment 128B, in particular the reference to removing BNO nationals from the safe and legal routes. I do so because the Government’s own document on safe and legal routes, in its description of Hong Kong British national (overseas) visas, says that the scheme “was developed following concerns about...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 98ZA (12 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: I am very grateful for the Minister’s answer. One of the reasons why I wanted to lay this probing amendment is that BNO paper-holders feel they are getting a clear message from Border Force and immigration officials that their children do not have that protected status. It is that hole that we are trying to get the answer to, and we have not had it yet. I am very grateful for the meeting,...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 98ZA (12 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I have tabled Amendment 98I on the status of Hong Kongers with British national (overseas) status. I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Alton, who cannot be in his place this evening, the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of St Albans —I think the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Durham may be deputising for him—and the noble Baroness, Lady Kennedy, for signing this...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 121 (12 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Durham, the noble Baronesses, Lady Lister and Lady Neuberger, and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope. In this group, I propose that Clauses 55 and 56 should not stand part of the Bill. I will not repeat the points or arguments made so eloquently by noble Lords, save to say to the Minister that I echo all the...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 121 (12 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: It may be that the noble Lord, Lord Lilley, has expertise that the Committee is not aware of but the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is very clear that every single doctor registered with the GMC—and the equivalents for X-ray technologists and others—would be required, under the terms of their registration, to consider whether the work that they were doing was ethical. It is...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 121 (12 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: Has the Minister had discussions with the GMC and social workers, for example?

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 121 (12 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: The Minister referred to the figures increasing for disputed children, because the figures in 2021 had increased. I am looking at the information from the Helen Bamber Foundation. The foundation makes the point that in 2021, the Home Office started publishing statistics which included children who were being treated as adults by the Home Office after a short visual assessment only, but the...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 121 (12 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: Whether it is adopted by our European partners or not, Gillick competence is the key UK law that is used to decide whether a child can or cannot do it. It is not just Gillick competence; it is about whether they have the language to understand what is being asked of them. Could the Minister respond on the Gillick competence point, please? That is UK law.

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 58B ( 7 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: I wonder if I could ask the Minister two questions. The first relates to his comment before last to my noble friend Lord Scriven about whether the Secretary of State for Education should be the corporate parent for government, as opposed to the corporate parent being local authorities. In the event where there is a delay after a child has arrived before a local authority is allocated to be...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 58B ( 7 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: I thank the noble Lord with regard to the first issue. I wondered if there was actual data on the time that it takes to provide that transfer for children. What I am concerned about is the gap; we may be discussing it later, but the noble Lord raised the issue himself. Could he provide me with a letter that shows exactly how long it takes to get that transfer through, because I am hearing...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 58B ( 7 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: I am really sorry to prolong this. The noble Lord referred to the national transfer scheme. There is a concern that either it is taking some time or some children are not being transferred; they are, at the moment, without a corporate parent. There must be current data. That is why I ask: what is the normal gap and how many children have not been allocated?

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 58B ( 7 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, Amendment 70A in this group is in my name and also signed by my noble friend Lord German. It is focused on the protection of unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery. Picking up on the theme from the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, I want to make a brief reference to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 22 on refugee children...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 76C ( 7 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: I am sorry to interrupt the Minister again. Just to be clear about this, his arguments so far have been about the practical implications of delivering this Bill when he say things are still being worked on. Does that mean that for the 5,570 children who have arrived, of whom 154 are still missing, there has not been an arrangement in place to provide safeguarding for these children in the...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 76C ( 7 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: With me as well.

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 76C ( 7 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: I hope it will be before Report. What the Minister has just said is extremely serious. He referred to information being shared and it is one thing for the local authority to choose to give it, but Clause 17 says: “The Secretary of State may direct” and direct the form in which it is received. My particular concern is that this new arrangement over shared care records means that that data...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 76C ( 7 Jun 2023)

Baroness Brinton: I am sorry that I cannot stand up, but I thank the Minister for giving way. This is exactly the issue that I raised with his colleague earlier this evening: the gap before a child is allocated to a local authority. While it was good news that yesterday the number of those who had not been allocated was zero, we know that there have been gaps and, because there have been gaps, there is...


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