Legislative Scrutiny: Immigration Bill (Second Report) - Human Rights Joint Committee Contents

1  Introduction


1. This is our second Report on the Immigration Bill,[1] which had its Second Reading in the House of Lords on 10 February 2014 and is due to begin its Committee stage on 3 March 2014. In our first Report on the Bill, published on 18 December, we made a number of recommendations.[2]

2. The Government responded to our Report in a letter dated 29 January 2014 from the then Minister for Immigration, Mark Harper MP.[3] We are grateful for the Government's response to our conclusions and recommendations.

3. In this Report we follow up on some of the recommendations we made in our first Report, in the light of the Government response, parliamentary debates on the Bill and other relevant developments since our first Report was published. We also report, for the first time, on the significant provision in clause 60 of the Bill, introduced by the Government at Report Stage in the Commons, which would enable the Secretary of State to deprive naturalised UK citizens of their citizenship even if the effect of doing so would be to leave them stateless.

1   HL Bill 84. Back

2   Eighth Report of Session 2013-14, Legislative Scrutiny: Immigration Bill, HL Paper 102/HC 935 (hereafter "First Report on the Bill"). Back

3   Available on our website: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/joint-committees/human-rights/Govt_response_re_Immigration_Bill.pdf (hereafter "Government response") Back

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