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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 3 November 2015

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Parliamentary Star - whiteAmendments which will comply with the required notice period at their next appearance

 

Amendments tabled since the last publication: 222 to 228

 

Immigration Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments remaining before the Committee and

 

includes any withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been

 

arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [20 October 2015].

 


 

Sarah Champion

 

Keir Starmer

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Sue Hayman

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

84

 

Page  8,  line  10,  leave out Clauses 12 to 15

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Together with NC 7 [Residential tenancies: repeal of provisions of the Immigration Act 2014], this

 

amendment removes the residential tenancies provisions from both the Immigration Act 2014 and

 

the current Bill.

 


 

James Brokenshire

 

14

 

Clause  13,  page  11,  line  9,  leave out “and (3)” and insert “to (3A)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 13.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3 November 2015                  

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Immigration Bill, continued

 
 

Sarah Champion

 

Keir Starmer

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Sue Hayman

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

86

 

Clause  13,  page  11,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

“(c)    

confirm that no occupier of the premises is under 18 years of age.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To provide protection to families with children from summary eviction under these provisions.

 

James Brokenshire

 

69

 

Clause  13,  page  11,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The notice may be given—

 

(a)    

by delivering it to the tenant or tenants,

 

(b)    

by leaving it at the premises,

 

(c)    

by sending it by post to the tenant or tenants at the address of the

 

premises, or

 

(d)    

in any other prescribed manner.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment clarifies how a landlord may serve a notice terminating the tenancy on the

 

tenant(s). Provision is made to allow for service by electronic means if prescribed in regulations

 

at a future point.

 

Sarah Champion

 

Keir Starmer

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Sue Hayman

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

87

 

Clause  13,  page  11,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

“(6A)    

A landlord does not commit an offence under s 33A of this Act during the period

 

of 28 days specified in subsection 4.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To protect a landlord/landlady from prosecution for renting to a person without a right to rent

 

during the period for which they are prohibited from evicting the tenant under subsection 33D(4).

 

James Brokenshire

 

15

 

Clause  13,  page  11,  line  37,  leave out “an adult” and insert “a person”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The condition in section 33D(2) is met once the landlord has received one or more notices covering

 

all tenants, anyone else named in the agreement and anyone else occupying the premises. The

 

definition of “occupier” is amended to ensure all these persons are adequately described.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3 November 2015                  

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Immigration Bill, continued

 
 

James Brokenshire

 

16

 

Clause  13,  page  11,  leave out lines 39 to 41 and insert—

 

“( )    

any other person who the landlord knows is occupying the premises.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 15

 

Sarah Champion

 

Keir Starmer

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Sue Hayman

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

88

 

Clause  13,  page  12,  line  1,  leave out section 33E

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To remove the provision which implies into any residential tenancy agreement that the landlord or

 

landlady may terminate the tenancy if the premises are occupied by an adult who is disqualified

 

from renting because of their immigration status.

 

James Brokenshire

 

17

 

Clause  13,  page  12,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

In section 37(4)(a) (provisions in which references to the landlord are to any of

 

them) after sub-paragraph (iv) (inserted by section 12(5)(b)) insert—

 

“(v)    

section 33D, and

 

(vi)    

section 33E,”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 13.

 

James Brokenshire

 

18

 

Clause  13,  page  13,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The amendments made by subsections (4) and (5) apply in relation to a tenancy

 

or (in the case of subsection (4)) a licence entered into before or after the coming

 

into force of this section.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes clear that the provisions relating to evictions and other procedures for a

 

landlord to obtain possession of their property will apply regardless of whether the tenancy

 

agreement was entered into before or after the implementation of the Bill’s measures.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3 November 2015                  

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Immigration Bill, continued

 
 

Sarah Champion

 

Keir Starmer

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Sue Hayman

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

89

 

Clause  14,  page  13,  line  6,  leave out “must” and insert “may”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To provide a court with a discretion as to whether or not it orders possession of a dwelling house

 

on the grounds that the Secretary of State has issued a notice confirming that a person does not

 

have a right to rent.

 

James Brokenshire

 

19

 

Clause  14,  page  13,  line  12,  after “landlord” insert “or, in the case of joint

 

landlords, one or more of them”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides for a notice from the Secretary of State to be given to one or more

 

landlords where there are joint landlords.

 

James Brokenshire

 

20

 

Clause  14,  page  15,  line  14,  after “landlord” insert “or, in the case of joint

 

landlords, one or more of them”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides for a notice from the Secretary of State to be given to one or more

 

landlords where there are joint landlords.

 

James Brokenshire

 

21

 

Clause  14,  page  15,  line  39,  leave out “under an assured” and insert “which is for

 

the time being let on a protected tenancy or subject to a statutory”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is a minor drafting amendment so as to better reflect the terminology employed in the Rent

 

Act 1977, which this Clause amends.

 


 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

78

 

Clause  15,  page  16,  line  6,  leave out “Scotland”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would limit the ‘right to rent’ provisions of this Bill so that they do not apply to

 

Scotland.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3 November 2015                  

5

 

Immigration Bill, continued

 
 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

79

 

Clause  15,  page  16,  line  9,  leave out “Scotland”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would limit the ‘right to rent’ provisions of this Bill so that they do not apply to

 

Scotland.

 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

80

 

Clause  15,  page  16,  line  16,  leave out paragraph (4)(b)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would limit the ‘right to rent’ provisions of this Bill so that they do not apply to

 

Scotland.

 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

81

 

Clause  15,  page  16,  line  26,  leave out paragraph 5(c).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would limit the ‘right to rent’ provisions of this Bill so that they do not apply to

 

Scotland.

 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

82

 

Clause  15,  page  16,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

“(5A)    

The Immigration Act 2014 is amended as follows, after section 76(3) insert—

 

“(3A)    

Sections 20 to 37 and Schedule 3 shall not apply to Scotland.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would limit the ‘right to rent’ provisions in the Immigration Act 2014 so that they

 

do not apply to Scotland.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3 November 2015                  

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Immigration Bill, continued

 
 

Sarah Champion

 

Keir Starmer

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Sue Hayman

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

90

 

Page  16,  line  33,  leave out Clauses 16 and 17.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To remove from the Bill the provisions on driving licences and thus maintain the status quo.

 


 

Sarah Champion

 

Keir Starmer

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Sue Hayman

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

75

 

Clause  17,  page  19,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

A person does not commit an offence under subsection (1) if they had a

 

reasonable belief that they had legal right to remain in the United Kingdom and

 

acted in good faith.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would provide a defence for those prosecuted for driving while illegally in the UK

 

if they can show that they had a reason to believe that they did have legal right to be in the UK.

 

Sarah Champion

 

Keir Starmer

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Sue Hayman

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

76

 

Clause  17,  page  20,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

Nothing in this Section shall prejudice the validity of insurance relating to motor

 

vehicles.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that the introduction of an offence of driving while illegally in the

 

UK would not interfere with the validity of motor insurance.

 

James Brokenshire

 

44

 

Clause  17,  page  20,  line  33,  leave out “as to whether” and insert “not”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 45 clarify that a vehicle must be released where a decision is

 

taken not to institute criminal proceedings for the offence of driving when unlawfully in the United

 

Kingdom.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3 November 2015                  

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Immigration Bill, continued

 
 

James Brokenshire

 

45

 

Clause  17,  page  20,  line  35,  leave out “have been” and insert “are”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 44.

 

James Brokenshire

 

46

 

Clause  17,  page  20,  line  45,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

A power in subsection (1) or (3) may be exercised by a senior officer or constable

 

at any place at which the senior officer or constable is lawfully present.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes clear that a vehicle can be detained by a senior officer or constable at any

 

place they are lawfully present.

 

Sarah Champion

 

Keir Starmer

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Sue Hayman

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

74

 

Clause  17,  page  21,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

“(10A)    

Before laying regulations to bring Section 24D into force, the Secretary of State

 

must ensure a pilot of the arrangements takes place.

 

(10B)    

Following the completion of the pilot mentioned in subsection (10A) the

 

Secretary of State must prepare a report and lay it before each House of

 

Parliament.

 

(10C)    

The pilot mentioned in subsection (1) must take place in a minimum of two police

 

force areas and last for a minimum of six months.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that the Home Secretary conducted a pilot of the proposed powers

 

to allow police forces to confiscate the cars of suspected illegal immigrants before the measures

 

were introduced.

 

James Brokenshire

 

47

 

Clause  17,  page  21,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

“24DA

 Powers to enter premises to detain motor vehicle

 

(1)    

A senior officer or a constable may enter and search any premises for the purposes

 

of detaining a vehicle under section 24D.

 

(2)    

The power in subsection (1) may be exercised—

 

(a)    

only to the extent that it is reasonably required for that purpose, and

 

(b)    

only if the senior officer or constable knows that a vehicle which may be

 

detained under section 24D is to be found on the premises.

 

(3)    

The power in subsection (1) may be exercised—

 

(a)    

by a senior officer (“S”) only if S produces identification showing that S

 

is an immigration officer (whether or not S is asked to do so);

 

(b)    

by a constable (“C”) only if C produces identification showing that C is

 

a constable (whether or not C is asked to do so).

 

(4)    

Subsection (5) applies if, on an application by a senior officer or constable, a

 

justice of the peace is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for suspecting


 
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