Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill

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Mr. Malins: Let me be generous and admit that freely. If I have gone slightly over the top because I feel strongly about it, the Minister knows that it is unlike me. She knows that I am normally moderate and reasoned. In some cases, lawyers try to spin out the process for a long time. The Minister was, however, right to acknowledge that the Home Office has some fundamental administrative problems, so it is essential to have a sense of urgency about the Bill.

I have tabled an amendment that would require the Government to place a person into an accommodation centre for no more than three months. The whole process should be finished and concluded in that time. I look forward to hearing the Minister's response to my strictures. Efficiency has been sadly lacking from the system for many years.

        It being One o'clock, The Chairman adjourned the Committee without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order.

        Adjourned till Thursday 9 May at Nine o'clock.

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The following Members attended the Committee:
Hurst, Mr. Alan (Chairman)
Allan, Mr.
Barker, Mr.
Buck, Ms
Dhanda, Mr.
Eagle, Angela
Gapes, Mike
Gerrard, Mr.
Gillan, Mrs.

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Hughes, Simon
Lazarowicz, Mr.
McGuire, Mrs.
Malins, Mr.
Prosser, Mr.
Rooney, Mr.
Watkinson, Angela
Winterton, Ms Rosie

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