Immigration Bill — Clause 8 — Offence of Illegal Working — 1 Dec 2015 at 15:15
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted in favour of making it a criminal offence for someone to work if their immigration status prohibits it.
The majority of MPs voted in favour of making it a criminal offence for a person subject to immigration control to work if they have not been granted leave to enter or remain, have overstayed that leave, or are in breach of a condition on that leave that prohibits work.
MPs were considering the Immigration Bill
The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment 19, page 5, line 2, leave out Clause 8.
Clause 8 of the Bill provided for an offence of illegal working. The offence was defined as:
- (1) A person who is subject to immigration control commits an offence if
the person works at a time when—
- (a) the person has not been granted leave to enter or remain in the
United Kingdom, or
- (b)the person’s leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom—
- (i) is invalid,
- (ii) has ceased to have effect (whether by reason of curtailment, revocation, cancellation, passage of time or otherwise), or
- (iii) is subject to a condition preventing the person from doing work of that kind.
An explanatory note accompanying the rejected amendment stated:
- To omit the clause on the new illegal working offence and maintain the status quo.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Immigration Bill
-  Clause 8 of the Immigration Bill as at the time of the vote
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||304 (+2 tell)||0||0||92.7%|
|Lab||0||191 (+2 tell)||0||83.5%|