Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill — Only remove asylum seekers who are criminals if their sentence was ten years or more — rejected — 10 Oct 2002 at 19:30

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

The Bill gives the government the power to remove asylum seekers from the UK if they were convicted of a crime in another country for which the sentence was two years or more[2]. The aim of the amendment in this vote was to:

  • 'change the test so that a person would be presumed to be a serious criminal if he had been convicted of a crime which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years' imprisonment or more—rather than using the criterion of the length of sentence imposed.'[3]

However, the amendment was defeated.

The Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill became law in 2002. Its main aims were to:[4]

  • 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 |

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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 (Content)Minority (Not-Content)Turnout
Con33 (+1 tell) 015.5%
Crossbench8 15.3%
Lab0 67 (+2 tell)35.9%
LDem33 (+1 tell) 051.5%
Other0 17.1%
UUP1 0100.0%
Total:75 6922.3%

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