Immigration and Asylum Bill [Lords]
My Noble Lords,
I must confess a degree of discomfort with section 3 of this Bill, which would permit the Secretary of State to declare almost without any oversight an amnesty of whomsoever he or she wishes.
Therefore I would like to propose two things
First, that Parliament be given a greater oversight of this, including a statutory consultation period.
Second, that any such amnesty may only last for six months, renewable once. This cannot be allowed to be an opportunity for any government to simply open the borders by the back door.
I therefore move -
- In section 4, strike ss (6) and insert "(6) Regulations made under this section can only come into force if they have been published for a period of at least 60 days and a full public consultation has been undertaken, and have been subject to an affirmative vote of both Houses of Parliament."
- In subsection 4, add "(6A) Regulations made under this section may only have effect for six months, at which point the Government may renew them once subject to an affirmative vote of both Houses of Parliament."
Amendments not agreed to. Bill passed.