Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill — Burden of proof should be on the government not the asylum seeker when the issue of a late claim arises — rejected — 24 Oct 2002 at 17:59
The Bill allows the government to refuse support to asylum seekers who make a late claim. It is also the asylum seekers responsibility to prove that they did not make a late claim. The amendment in this vote aimed to reverse this so that it would be the government's responsibility to prove the asylum seeker made a late claim. However, it was defeated.
The Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill became law in 2002. Its main aims were to:
- 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
-  Lord Goodhart, House of Lords, 24 October 2002
-  Section 55 in the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act
-  Based on The Guardian's A-Z of legislation
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.
|Party||Majority (Not-Content)||Minority (Content)||Turnout|
|Lab||106 (+2 tell)||1||55.9%|
|LDem||0||42 (+2 tell)||66.7%|
|Lord Bruce of Donington||Lab||aye|
|Lord Campbell of Alloway||Con (front bench)||aye|