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

Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws was absent

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

The Bill allows the government to refuse support to asylum seekers who make a late claim[2]. 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:[3]

  • 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

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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 (Not-Content)Minority (Content)Turnout
Bishop0 14.2%
Con2 11.4%
Crossbench0 84.7%
Green0 1100.0%
Lab105 (+2 tell) 156.5%
LDem0 42 (+2 tell)66.7%
Other1 07.1%
Total:108 5424.2%

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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NamePartyVote
Lord Campbell of AllowayCon (front bench)aye
Lord Bruce of DoningtonLabaye

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