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Amendment Paper as at
Monday 1st March 2004

CONSIDERATION OF BILL


ASYLUM AND IMMIGRATION (TREATMENT OF CLAIMAINTS, ETC.) BILL,
AS AMENDED

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimaints, etc.) Bill (Programme) (No. 2) to be proposed by Mr Secretary Blunkett.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

48

Page     2,     line     4     [Clause     2],     leave out from 'if' to 'he' in line 5 and insert 'at a leave or asylum interview'.

   

Mr Humfrey Malins
Angela Watkinson
Mr Mark Oaten
Mr David Heath

3

Page     2,     line     5     [Clause     2],     leave out 'in the United Kingdom' and insert 'at a United Kingdom port or airport'.

   

Mr Humfrey Malins
Angela Watkinson

1

Page     2,     line     5     [Clause     2],     leave out from 'him' to end of line 7 and insert 'a document which'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

49

Page     2     [Clause     2],     leave out from beginning of line 9 to second 'an' in line 11 and insert—

    '(2)   A person commits an offence if at a leave or asylum interview he does not have with him, in respect of any dependent child with whom he claims to be travelling or living,'.

   

Mr Humfrey Malins
Angela Watkinson

2

Page     2,     line     11     [Clause     2],     leave out from 'him' to end of line 12 and insert 'a document which'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

50

Page     2,     line     14     [Clause     2],     at end insert—

    '(2A)   But a person does not commit an offence under subsection (1) or (2) if—

      (a) the interview referred to in that subsection takes place after the person has entered the United Kingdom, and

      (b) within the period of three days beginning with the date of the interview the person provides to an immigration officer or to the Secretary of State a document of the kind referred to in that subsection.'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

51

Page     2,     line     30     [Clause     2],     at end insert—

    '( )   Where the charge for an offence under subsection (1) or (2) relates to an interview which takes place after the defendant has entered the United Kingdom—

      (a) subsections (3)(c) and (4)(c) shall not apply, but

      (b) it is a defence for the defendant to prove that he has a reasonable excuse for not providing a document in accordance with subsection (2A).'.

   

Mr Mark Oaten
Mr David Heath

99

Page     2,     line     30     [Clause     2],     at end insert—

    '(4A)   Where a person is charged with an offence under subsections (1) and (2) above, and relies on a defence under subsections (3) and (4) above, if the person adduces evidence which is sufficient to raise an issue with respect to the matter, the court or jury shall assume that the defence is satisfied unless the prosecution proves beyond reasonable doubt that it is not.'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

52

Page     2,     line     33     [Clause     2],     after first 'it', insert 'or for not providing it in accordance with subsection (2A)'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

34

Page     2,     line     44     [Clause     2],     at end insert ', unless in the circumstances of the case it is unreasonable to expect non-compliance with the instructions or advice.'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

53

Page     2,     line     46     [Clause     2],     after 'officer', insert 'or official of the Secretary of State'.


   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

24

Page     3,     line     4     [Clause     2],     leave out 'six' and insert 'twelve'.

   

Mr Mark Oaten
Mr David Heath

101

Page     3,     line     11     [Clause     2],     leave out second 'and'.

   

Mr Mark Oaten
Mr David Heath

100

Page     3,     line     14     [Clause     2],     at end insert 'and

      '(c) an offence to which section 31 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (c. 33) applies.'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

54

Page     3,     line     23     [Clause     2],     at end insert—

       ', and

       "leave or asylum interview" means an interview with an immigration officer or an official of the Secretary of State at which a person—

      (a) seeks leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom, or

      (b) claims that to remove him from or require him to leave the United Kingdom would breach the United Kingdom's obligations under the Refugee Convention or would be unlawful under section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 (c.42) as being incompatible with his Convention rights.'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

25

Page     3,     line     23     [Clause     2],     at end insert—

    '( )   In so far as this section extends to England and Wales, subsection (7)(b) shall, until the commencement of section 154 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44) (increased limit on magistrates' power of imprisonment), have effect as if the reference to twelve months were a reference to six months.

    ( )   In so far as this section extends to Scotland, subsection (7)(b) shall have effect as if the reference to twelve months were a reference to six months.

    ( )   In so far as this section extends to Northern Ireland, subsection (7)(b) shall have effect as if the reference to twelve months were a reference to six months.'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

55

Page     3,     line     23     [Clause     2],     at end insert—

    '( )   Section 11 of the Immigration Act 1971 (c.77) shall have effect for the purpose of the construction of a reference in this section to entering the United Kingdom.'.

   

Mr Mark Oaten
Mr David Heath

102

Page     3,     line     23     [Clause     2],     at end insert—

    '(11)   The Secretary of State shall, before commencement of this section, and thereafter from time to time as he may decide necessary, publish detailed guidance on the interpretation and implementation of section 2 of this Act.

    (12)   Guidance issued under subsection (11) shall not be made unless a draft has been laid before Parliament and approved by resolution of each House of Parliament.'.


   

Mr Humfrey Malins
Angela Watkinson

4

Page     5,     line     36     [Clause     6],     leave out 'shall' and insert 'may'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

58

Page     5,     line     37     [Clause     6],     leave out 'of any behaviour by the claimant' and insert ', as damaging the claimant's credibility, of any behaviour to which this section applies.

   

Mr Humfrey Malins
Angela Watkinson

5

Page     5,     line     37     [Clause     6],     after 'of', insert 'all the circumstances of the case, including'.

   

Mr Humfrey Malins
Angela Watkinson

6

Page     5,     line     37     [Clause     6],     after 'any', insert 'words or'.

    (1A)   This section applies to any behaviour by the claimant'.

   

Mr Humfrey Malins
Angela Watkinson

7

Page     5,     line     38     [Clause     6],     leave out 'thinks' and insert 'reasonably believes'.

   

Mr Humfrey Malins
Angela Watkinson

8

Page     5,     line     39     [Clause     6],     leave out 'or likely'.

   

Mr Humfrey Malins
Angela Watkinson

9

Page     5,     line     40     [Clause     6],     leave out 'or likely'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

59

Page     5,     line     40     [Clause     6],     at end insert 'or'.

   

Mr Humfrey Malins
Angela Watkinson

10

Page     5,     line     41     [Clause     6],     leave out 'or likely'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

60

Page     5,     line     42     [Clause     6],     leave out from 'claimant,' to end of line 43.


   

Mr Humfrey Malins
Angela Watkinson
Mr Mark Oaten
Mr David Heath

11

Page     6,     line     2     [Clause     6],     leave out 'shall' and insert 'may'.

   

Mr Humfrey Malins
Angela Watkinson

15

Page     6,     line     4     [Clause     6],     after 'passport', insert 'or other document which satisfactorily establishes his identity and nationality or citizenship'.

   

Mr Humfrey Malins
Angela Watkinson

12

Page     6,     line     8     [Clause     6],     at end insert 'and'.

   

Mr Humfrey Malins
Angela Watkinson

13

Page     6,     line     10     [Clause     6],     leave out from 'travel' to end of line 12.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

61

Page     6     [Clause     6],     leave out from beginning of line 13 to first 'to' in line 14 and insert—

    '(3)   This section also applies to failure by the claimant'.

   

Mr Humfrey Malins
Angela Watkinson

14

Page     6,     line     13     [Clause     6],     leave out subsection (3).

 
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