Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill — Failed asylum seekers should not have to take part in community service to be provided with accommodation — rejected — 28 Jun 2004 at 15:54

The majority Not-Contents rejected an amendment[1] to the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill.

The Bill allows failed asylum seekers to be provided with accommodation if they are unable to leave the UK for a period of time[2]. However, they must take part in community service and comply with conditions laid down by the government. The intention of the amendment in this vote was to remove these requirements on failed asylum seekers[3]. However, it was defeated.

The Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill became law in 2004. Its main aims were to:[4]

  • Simplify the process of appeal for asylum seekers
  • Criminalise people who arrive into the UK without a valid travel document unless they have a reasonable excuse
  • Stop supporting failed asylum seekers and their families if they do not leave the UK
  • Allow the government to tag and track asylum seekers
  • Provide accommodation to failed asylum seekers who cannot return home immediately


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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 27.7%
Con0 00.0%
Crossbench13 39.4%
Green0 1100.0%
Independent Socialist1 0100.0%
Lab107 (+2 tell) 056.2%
LDem0 32 (+2 tell)52.3%
Total:121 3824.4%

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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Lord Alton of LiverpoolCrossbenchaye
Baroness Finlay of LlandaffCrossbench (front bench)aye
Viscount Waverley Crossbenchaye

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