Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill — Remove the government's power to remove subsistence-only support from all asylum seekers — rejected — 24 Oct 2002 at 15:51

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The majority Not-Contents rejected an amendment[1] to the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill.

The Bill gives the government the power to set up accommodation centres for destitute asylum seekers and people with residency restrictions[2]. The government also has the power to stop supporting asylum seekers under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 if they are being housed in these accommodation centres[3].

The aim of the amendment in this vote was to prevent the government removing this support because of concerns over family and child welfare[4]. However, it was defeated.

The Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill became law in 2002. Its main aims were to:[5]

  • Allow asylum seekers to be detained at any time
  • Disallow appeals from within the UK from failed asylum seekers who are citizens of a specific country
  • Deny asylum seekers support unless they make their claim "as soon as reasonably practicable" after arrival into the UK
  • Create accommodation centres to house destitute asylum seekers


Debate in Parliament | Historical Hansard | Source |

Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Not-Content)Minority (Content)Turnout
Bishop0 14.2%
Con3 32.7%
Crossbench15 813.7%
Lab100 (+2 tell) 053.1%
LDem0 34 (+2 tell)54.5%
Other1 06.7%
UUP1 033.3%
Total:120 4624.7%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

Lords for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible lord who could have voted in this division

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Alton of LiverpoolCrossbenchaye
Best Crossbenchaye
Chan Crossbenchaye
Finlay of LlandaffCrossbenchaye
Hylton Crossbenchaye
Joffe Crossbenchaye
Masham of IltonCrossbenchaye
Simon of GlaisdaleCrossbenchaye

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