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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 29 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

 

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includes any withdrawn amendments at the end.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].

 


 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

41

 

Page  46,  line  2,  leave out Schedule 1

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The proposed amendment would omit the new licensing/illegal working scheme for the Bill and

 

maintain the status quo.

 


 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

42

 

Page  8,  line  4,  leave out Clause 11

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The proposed amendment will remove bill provisions as to illegal working closure notices and

 

illegal working orders.

 



 
 

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James Brokenshire

 

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Schedule  2,  page  58,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

    “( )  

Where a person is on immigration bail within the meaning of Part 1 of

 

Schedule 5—

 

(a)    

the person is to be treated for the purposes of sub-paragraph (3) as if

 

the person had been granted leave to enter the United Kingdom, but

 

(b)    

any condition as to the person’s work in the United Kingdom to which

 

the person’s immigration bail is subject is to be treated for those

 

purposes as a condition of leave.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that individuals on immigration bail who are granted permission to work

 

in the United Kingdom are not considered illegal workers for the purposes of illegal working

 

closure notices and compliance orders. The amendment reflects the approach to immigration bail

 

taken elsewhere in the Bill – for example in new section 24B(8) of the Immigration Act 1971 as

 

inserted by clause 8.

 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

43

 

Page  57,  line  33,  leave out Schedule 2

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The proposed amendment will remove bill provisions as to illegal working closure notices and

 

illegal working orders.

 


 

Sarah Champion

 

Keir Starmer

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Sue Hayman

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

71

 

Clause  12,  page  8,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

the landlord has commenced action under sections 33D or 33E within

 

two months of   becoming aware that the adult mentioned in subsections

 

(2) was disqualified as a result of their immigration status.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would provide a defence for landlords who are being prosecuted under Clause

 

12 if they can show they commenced eviction procedures within 2 months of becoming aware that

 

the tenant was disqualified because of their immigration status.

 

Sarah Champion

 

Keir Starmer

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Sue Hayman

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

72

 

Clause  12,  page  9,  line  37,  at end insert—


 
 

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“(6)    

The agent does not commit an offence under subsection (2) or (4) if the agent is

 

also a resident of the property in subsection (1).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment aims to ensure that co-tenants (who would normally be described as house

 

sharers), who also act as agent, cannot be held liable for their landlord’s contravention of Section

 

22 of the Immigration Act 2014.

 

Sarah Champion

 

Keir Starmer

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Sue Hayman

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

85

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  12,  page  10,  line  25,  leave out paragraphs (4) to (6) and insert—

 

“(4)    

Sections 33A to 33C do not apply in relation to a residential tenancy agreement

 

or a renewed agreement entered into before the coming into force of section 12 of

 

the Immigration Act 2014.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To ensure that none of the criminal offences are committed in respect of tenancies entered into (or,

 

in the case of renewed tenancies, first entered into) before the offences come into force and thus to

 

ensure that there is no retrospective element to these criminal penalties.

 

James Brokenshire

 

12

 

Clause  12,  page  10,  line  26,  leave out “33C (offences: landlords and agents)” and

 

insert “33E (offences and eviction)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Transitional measures in the Immigration Act 2014 limited the right to rent scheme to tenancy

 

agreements entered into after the right to rent scheme had been commenced. This amendment

 

clarifies that these transitional measures do not apply to sections 33D and 33E inserted by the Bill.

 

James Brokenshire

 

13

 

Clause  12,  page  10,  line  38,  leave out “, and”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Section 37(4) of the Immigration Act 2014 makes provision for certain references in the Act to a

 

“landlord” to mean any landlord where two or more persons jointly constitute the landlord. This

 

amendment and amendments 14 and 17 amend section 37(4) to give the term “landlord” this

 

meaning in new sections 33D and 33E as inserted by clause 13.

 

Sarah Champion

 

Keir Starmer

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Sue Hayman

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

73

 

Clause  12,  page  11,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(3)    

Before implementing measures under subsection (2), the Secretary of State must

 

prepare a report on the likely impact of the measures and lay it before each House

 

of Parliament.

 

(4)    

A report under subsection (3) must include:


 
 

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(a)    

The likely impact of measures contained within this Section on

 

individuals who have a protected characteristic as defined in Part 2,

 

Chapter 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

 

(b)    

The likely impact of measures contained within this Section on British

 

Citizens who do not hold a Passport or UK Driving Licence.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Home Secretary to lay a report before Parliament on the likely

 

impact of Clause 12 on (a) minority groups and (b) British citizens without passports or driving

 

licences before the provisions came into force.

 

Sarah Champion

 

Keir Starmer

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Sue Hayman

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

84

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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.

 

Sarah Champion

 

Keir Starmer

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Sue Hayman

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

86

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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,


 
 

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(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

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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.

 

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

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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.


 
 

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Immigration Bill, continued

 
 

James Brokenshire

 

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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.

 


 

Sarah Champion

 

Keir Starmer

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Sue Hayman

 

Kate Hollern

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Anne McLaughlin

 

Gavin Newlands

 

89

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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.


 
 

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Immigration Bill, continued

 
 

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.

 

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—


 
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