Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill — 6 Jul 2004 at 15:45

moved Amendment No. 4:

After Clause 8, insert the following new clause-

"LEGAL AID FOR ASYLUM INTERVIEWS

The Lord Chancellor shall make a direction under section 6(8) of the Access to Justice Act 1999 (c. 22) (services which may be funded) to require the funding of attendances by solicitors (and other non-solicitor suppliers accredited for the purpose by the legal services commission) and independent interpreters at interviews conducted on behalf of the Secretary of State with a view to his reaching a decision on a claim for asylum (as defined by section 167(1) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (c. 33) (interpretation)) in the circumstances where the supplier has certified that he has a reasonable belief that the asylum applicant to be interviewed-

(a) is a torture or rape victim;

(b) has had inflicted on him serious physical harm; or

(c) has a reasonable fear of being tortured, raped or so harmed if returned to his country of origin."

On Question, Whether the said amendment (No. 4) shall be agreed to?

Their Lordships divided: Contents, 66; Not-Contents, 132.

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