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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 27 October 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: 69-82 and NC6

 

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includes any withdrawn amendments at the end.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].

 


 

Keir Starmer

 

Sarah Champion

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Sue Hayman

 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

55

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  6,  after subsection (1) insert—

 

“(1A)    

The primary purpose of the Director of Labour Market Enforcement is to secure

 

the enforcement of labour market legislation, as defined in Section 3(3) of this

 

Act.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To ensure that the functions of the Director of Labour Market Enforcement are exercised for the

 

purpose of protecting those vulnerable to labour market exploitation and to make this explicit on

 

the face of the Bill.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 27 October 2015                  

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Immigration Bill, continued

 
 

Keir Starmer

 

Sarah Champion

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Sue Hayman

 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

57

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

“(ia)    

the threats and obstacles to effective labour market enforcement,

 

(ib)    

the remedies secured by victims of non-compliance in the labour

 

market,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To ensure that the labour market enforcement strategy sets out an assessment of the threats and

 

obstacles to effective labour market enforcements and the remedies secured by victims of labour

 

rights infringements and labour market offences.

 

Keir Starmer

 

Sarah Champion

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Sue Hayman

 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

58

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  12,  leave out paragraph (b) and insert—

 

“(b)    

contains a proposal for the year to which the strategy relates setting out—

 

(i)    

how the non-compliance outlined in the assessment required by

 

subsection (2)(a) (i) and (ii) is to be addressed,

 

(ii)    

how the threats and obstacles identified under subsection (2)(ia)

 

are to be overcome, and

 

(iii)    

how the provision of remedies for victims of non-compliance in

 

the labour market identified under subsection 2(a)(ib) is to be

 

improved.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To ensure that the functions of the Director of Labour Market Enforcement are exercised for the

 

purpose of enforcing all existing labour market standards, rather than prioritising a limited

 

number of areas, and to link the Director’s strategy with his or her assessment of non-compliance

 

with labour market standards.

 

Keir Starmer

 

Sarah Champion

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Sue Hayman

 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

56

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  24,  leave out subsection (3) and insert—

 

“(3)    

The proposal mentioned in subsection (2)(b) must set out the resources required

 

to—

 

(a)    

address the non-compliance in the labour market,


 
 

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Immigration Bill, continued

 
 

(b)    

overcome the threats and obstacles identified under subsection 2(b)(ia),

 

(c)    

improve the provision of remedies for victims of non-compliance in the

 

labour market.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To oblige the Director of Labour Market Enforcement to provide an assessment of the resources

 

required for effective labour market enforcement and remedies for victims, rather than simply to

 

determine how currently available resources should be allocated.

 

Keir Starmer

 

Sarah Champion

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Sue Hayman

 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

59

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

Nothing in the strategy shall—

 

(a)    

restrict, or

 

(b)    

reduce the resources allocated to

 

    

the labour market enforcement functions as defined in Section 3(2) of this Act.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To clarify the relationship between the Director of Labour Market Enforcement and the UK’s

 

existing labour inspection agencies, ensuring the current role, remit and resources of labour

 

inspectorates are safeguarded.

 

Keir Starmer

 

Sarah Champion

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Sue Hayman

 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

60

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

The Director must engage with civil society in the development of his or her

 

labour market enforcement strategy.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To expressly require engagement between civil society and the Director of Labour Market

 

Enforcement in the development of the labour market enforcement strategy.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 27 October 2015                  

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Immigration Bill, continued

 
 

Keir Starmer

 

Sarah Champion

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Sue Hayman

 

65

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(da)    

any function of the Health and Safety Executive and the Health and

 

Safety Executive for Northern Ireland;

 

(db)    

any function of local authorities in relation to the “relevant statutory

 

provisions” as defined in Part 1 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act

 

1973;

 

(dc)    

any function of local authorities under the Children and Young Persons

 

Act 1933 and by-laws made under that Act, the Management of Health

 

and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and the Children (Protection at

 

Work) (Scotland) Regulations 2006.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To include the remit of the Director of Labour Market Enforcement to cover functions relating to

 

health and safety at work and child labour, functions carried out for the most part by local

 

authorities.

 

Keir Starmer

 

Sarah Champion

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Sue Hayman

 

66

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

“(ca)    

Part 1 and The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1973;

 

(cb)    

Sections 3 and 4 and Part 2 of the Children and Young Persons Act

 

1933.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This a consequential amendment to amendment 65.

 

Keir Starmer

 

Sarah Champion

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Sue Hayman

 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

63

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  31,  before “in this section”, insert “Subject to subsection

 

6A,”


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 27 October 2015                  

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Immigration Bill, continued

 
 

Keir Starmer

 

Sarah Champion

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Sue Hayman

 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

64

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

“(6A)    

A person is not prevented from being a worker, or a person seeking work, for the

 

purposes of this section by reason of the fact that he has no right to be, or to work,

 

in the United Kingdom.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To ensure that labour market offences committed against all workers are included within the scope

 

of the Director of Labour Market Enforcement’s work, irrespective of immigration status (as under

 

subsection 2 of section 26 of the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004).

 


 

Keir Starmer

 

Sarah Champion

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Sue Hayman

 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

62

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  42,  leave out paragraph (a) and insert—

 

“(a)    

An assessment of the extent to which the strategy developed under

 

section 2 of this Act has—

 

(i)    

addressed the non-compliance identified under Section 2

 

(2)(a)(i),

 

(ii)    

improved the provision of remedies for victims of non-

 

compliance in the labour market identified under 2 (2)(a)(ia), and

 

(iii)    

overcome the threats and obstacles identified under 2 (2)(a)(ib)”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To ensure the Director of Labour Market Enforcement’s Annual Report links with his or her

 

assessments about non-compliance in the labour market (and assessment of the remedies secured

 

by victims and threats and obstacles to effective enforcement).

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 27 October 2015                  

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Immigration Bill, continued

 
 

Keir Starmer

 

Sarah Champion

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Sue Hayman

 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

61

 

Clause  6,  page  4,  line  31,  after “market” insert “to facilitate the labour market

 

enforcement functions as defined in Section 3 of this Act”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To prompt debate about the information hub proposed in Clause 6 of the Bill.

 


 

Keir Starmer

 

Sarah Champion

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Sue Hayman

 

68

 

Clause  8,  page  5,  line  6,  after “if”, insert “without reasonable excuse”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To provide for a defence against the offence of illegal working.

 


 

Keir Starmer

 

Sarah Champion

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Sue Hayman

 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

67

 

Clause  9,  page  7,  line  6,  leave out subsection 1 and insert—

 

“(1)    

In section 21 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 (offence of

 

knowingly employing an illegal worker), delete subsection (1) and substitute—

 

“(1)    

A person commits an offence if he knowingly or recklessly employs an

 

adult subject to immigration control, where—

 

(a)    

this adult has not been granted leave to enter or remain in the

 

United Kingdom, or

 

(b)    

this adult’s leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom—

 

(i)    

is invalid,

 

(ii)    

has ceased to have effect (whether by reason of

 

curtailment, revocation, cancellation, passage of time or

 

otherwise), or


 
 

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Immigration Bill, continued

 
 

(iii)    

is subject to a condition preventing him from accepting

 

the employment.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To adopt a test of recklessness rather than negligence for the offence of employing an illegal

 

worker, so as to avoid discriminatory employment practices by employers.

 


 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

40

 

Page  7,  line  26,  leave out Clause 10

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This would omit the new licensing/illegal working scheme for the Bill and maintain the status quo.

 


 

James Brokenshire

 

1

 

Schedule  1,  page  49,  line  38,  leave out sub-paragraph (6) and insert—

 

    “( )  

After subsection (5) insert—

 

“(5A)    

Where an interim authority notice is cancelled under subsection

 

(3)(b)(ii), the licensing authority must also give a copy of the notice

 

under subsection (4) to the Secretary of State.””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires a licensing authority to notify the Secretary of State of its decision to

 

cancel an interim authority notice where the Secretary of State has given notice under section

 

48(2B) of the Licensing Act 2003 that granting the interim authority notice would be prejudicial

 

to the prevention of illegal working.

 

James Brokenshire

 

2

 

Schedule  1,  page  51,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

    “( )  

In subsection (5)—

 

(a)    

omit the “and” at the end of paragraph (a);

 

(b)    

at the end of paragraph (b) insert “and

 

(c)    

the applicant having been required to pay any

 

immigration penalty,”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that a chief officer of police may have regard to an applicant being

 

required to pay an immigration penalty when considering whether granting a personal licence

 

would undermine the crime prevention objective.

 

James Brokenshire

 

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Schedule  1,  page  53,  line  11,  leave out sub-paragraph (3) and insert—

 

    “( )  

In subsection (3)—

 

(a)    

in paragraph (a)—

 

(i)    

for “applicant” substitute “licence holder”;


 
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