Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill

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Mr. Oaten: I associate myself with both closing statements, and pass on my thanks to you, Mrs. Roe, and to Mr. Taylor for the calm way in which the Committee has been chaired.

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I also associate myself with the comments made by the hon. Member for Woking about the Minister. I have found her extremely clear on complex issues. She has explained matters in plain, simple talk, which is refreshing from a senior politician. Where possible, she has gone to great lengths to look at compromises and to try to find a way forward. I welcome that. She has taken away quite a few things to look at and report back on; we have not forgotten that and we will make sure we look at those very carefully.

In conclusion, this is the first Committee that I have ever served on. If I am honest, I was not particularly looking forward to it. I have actually found myself enjoying large parts of it, although I will keep my enjoyment quiet as I do not intend to do many more. However, it has been an enjoyable experience. My one thought will be about handouts and the prospect of laptop presentations in future Committees; I am sure that that is something that you will rule out of order in the future, Mrs. Roe.

The Chairman: On behalf of my co-chairman, Mr. David Taylor, and myself I would like to thank the Minister and the hon. Members for Woking and for Winchester for their kind remarks. I am sure that the other remarks made about those associated with the Bill have been noted. I say thank you again for all the comments.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

        Committee rose at nine minutes past Four o'clock.

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The following Members attended the Committee:
Roe, Mrs. Marion (Chairman)
Blizzard, Mr.
Ewing, Annabelle
Gardiner, Mr.
Gerrard, Mr.
Harris, Mr.
Heppell, Mr.
Hughes, Beverley

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McWalter, Mr.
Malins, Mr.
Oaten, Mr.
Prosser, Mr.
Turner, Mr.
Watkinson, Angela
Williams, Mrs.

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