UK Borders Bill — Give support to failed asylum seekers and their families — rejected — 11 Oct 2007 at 13:23

The majority Not-Contents rejected an amendment[1] to the UK Borders Bill. The amendment would have repealed a section[2] in the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004.

This section withdraws support for failed asylum seekers and their families. This occurs when the asylum seeker has not taken reasonable steps to leave the UK. It also limits the grounds on which asylum seekers can appeal against this decision. In this vote the Content voters aimed to remove this section but were defeated.

In moving the amendment Lord Roberts of Llandudno argued that the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004:

  • 'withdraws all benefits from failed asylum applicants and their families. It was mentioned the other day that this legislation is in total breach of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 24 guarantees every child health provision, but that is to be withdrawn. Article 26 gives every child a right to social security, but that is breached. Article 28 on education is breached, and there are other breaches as well.'[3]

However, the government disagreed saying that:

  • 'I entirely accept that the reasoning behind these amendments is well intentioned. They seek to address a perceived gap in support for those whose asylum claims and appeals have been unsuccessful and who no longer qualify for asylum support. However—this is a very important point—we should not forget that there are already options available for failed asylum seekers who find themselves in this position. There is no reason for people refused asylum to be destitute. They can choose to return home, as it has been found that it is safe for them to return. Those making a voluntary return are eligible to receive the world-leading re-integration assistance that is provided by the International Organisation for Migration on behalf of the Home Office.'[4]

The UK Borders Bill became law in 2007. Its main aims were to:[5]

  • Impose biometric identity documents on non-EU immigrants
  • Automatically deport foreign nationals if they are imprisoned for more than one year or commit specific offences
  • Give immigration officers powers to detain, search and seize assets of suspected illegal immigrants

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The Bishop of Ripon and LeedsBishopaye
The Bishop of WinchesterBishopaye
Lord Elton Con (front bench)aye
Baroness O'Cathain Con (front bench)aye
Lord Selsdon Conaye
Lord Chorley Crossbenchaye
Baroness D'Souza Crossbench (front bench)aye
Lord Hylton Crossbenchaye
The Earl of ListowelCrossbench (front bench)aye
Baroness Masham of IltonCrossbench (front bench)aye
Lady Saltoun of AbernethyCrossbench (front bench)aye
The Earl of SandwichCrossbenchaye
Baroness Stern Crossbench (front bench)aye
Lord Walpole Crossbench (front bench)aye
Lord Elystan-Morgan Crossbenchno
Lord Monson Crossbenchno
Lord Moser Crossbench (front bench)no
Lord Ouseley Crossbenchno
Lord Robertson of Port EllenCrossbenchno
Lord Wedderburn of CharltonCrossbenchno
Lord Williamson of HortonCrossbench (front bench)no
Lord Judd Lab (minister)aye
Lord Plant of HighfieldLab (minister)aye
Lord Acton Labno
Baroness Adams of CraigieleaLab (minister)no
Lord Adonis Lab (minister)no
Lord Ahmed Labno
Lord Anderson of SwanseaLab (minister)no
Baroness Andrews Lab (minister)no
Lord Archer of SandwellLabno
Lord Ashley of StokeLabno
Baroness Ashton of UphollandLab (minister)no
Lord Bassam of BrightonLab (minister)no
Baroness Billingham Labno
Lord Bilston Labno
Lord Borrie Lab (minister)no
Lord Boyd of DuncansbyLab (minister)no
Lord Bradley Labno
Lord Brooke of AlverthorpeLab (minister)no
Lord Brookman Labno
Lord Campbell-Savours Labno
Lord Carter of ColesLabno
Viscount Chandos Labno
Lord Christopher Lab (minister)no
Lord Clarke of HampsteadLabno
Lord Clinton-Davis Lab (minister)no
Baroness Cohen of PimlicoLab (minister)no
Lord Corbett of Castle ValeLabno
Baroness Crawley Lab (minister)tellno
Lord Darzi of DenhamLab (minister)no
Baroness David Labno
Lord Davies of OldhamLab (minister)no
Lord Donoughue Labno
Lord Drayson Lab (minister)no
Lord Dubs Lab (minister)no
Lord Eatwell Labno
Lord Elder Labno
Lord Evans of ParksideLabno
Baroness Farrington of RibbletonLab (minister)no
Lord Faulkner of WorcesterLab (minister)no
Baroness Gale Lab (minister)no
Lord Gavron Lab (minister)no
Baroness Golding Labno
Lord Gould of BrookwoodLab (minister)no
Baroness Gould of PotternewtonLab (minister)no
Lord Graham of EdmontonLab (minister)no
Lord Grocott Lab (minister)tellno
Lord Harris of HaringeyLab (minister)no
Lord Harrison Lab (minister)no
Lord Haskel Lab (minister)no
Lord Haworth Labno
Baroness Henig Lab (minister)no
Baroness Hilton of EggardonLab (minister)no
Lord Howarth of NewportLabno
Baroness Howells of St DavidsLabno
Lord Howie of TroonLab (minister)no
Lord Hughes of WoodsideLabno
Lord Hunt of Kings HeathLab (minister)no
Lord Janner of BraunstoneLab (minister)no
Baroness Jay of PaddingtonLabno
Lord Jordan Lab (minister)no
Lord King of West BromwichLabno
Lord Lipsey Labno
Lord Macdonald of TradestonLab (minister)no
Baroness Massey of DarwenLab (minister)no
Baroness McIntosh of HudnallLab (minister)no
Lord McKenzie of LutonLab (minister)no
Baroness Morgan of DrefelinLab (minister)no
Baroness Morgan of HuytonLab (minister)no
Lord Morris of ManchesterLabno
Lord Parekh Labno
Lord Ponsonby of ShulbredeLabno
Baroness Quin Lab (minister)no
Baroness Ramsay of CartvaleLabno
Baroness Rendell of BaberghLab (minister)no
Lord Richard Lab (minister)no
Lord Rooker Lab (minister)no
Lord Rosser Lab (minister)no
Lord Rowlands Lab (minister)no
Baroness Royall of BlaisdonLab (minister)no
Lord Sawyer Labno
Lord Sewel Lab (minister)no
Viscount Simon Lab (minister)no
Lord Smith of FinsburyLabno
Baroness Smith of GilmorehillLabno
Lord Snape Labno
Lord Soley Labno
Lord Stone of BlackheathLabno
Lord Strabolgi Labno
Baroness Symons of Vernham DeanLab (minister)no
Lord Temple-Morris Labno
Baroness Thornton Lab (minister)no
Lord Tomlinson Lab (minister)no
Lord Triesman Lab (minister)no
Lord Truscott Lab (minister)no
Lord Tunnicliffe Lab (minister)no
Baroness Uddin Lab (minister)no
Lord Watson of InvergowrieLabno
Lord West of SpitheadLab (minister)no
Lord Whitty Lab (minister)no
Lord Williams of ElvelLab (minister)no
Lord Woolmer of LeedsLabno
Lord Addington LDem (front bench)aye
Lord Avebury LDem (front bench)aye
Baroness Barker LDem (front bench)aye
Baroness Bonham-Carter of YarnburyLDem (front bench)aye
Lord Burnett LDem (front bench)aye
Lord Chidgey LDem (front bench)aye
Lord Clement-Jones LDem (front bench)aye
Lord Cotter LDem (front bench)aye
Lord Dholakia LDem (front bench)aye
Lord Dykes LDem (front bench)aye
Viscount Falkland LDem (front bench)aye
Baroness Falkner of MargravineLDem (front bench)aye
Lord Goodhart LDem (front bench)aye
Baroness Hamwee LDem (front bench)aye
Baroness Harris of RichmondLDem (front bench)aye
Lord Jones of CheltenhamLDem (front bench)aye
Lord Lee of TraffordLDem (front bench)aye
Lord Livsey of TalgarthLDem (front bench)aye
Baroness Maddock LDem (front bench)aye
Lord McNally LDem (front bench)aye
Lord Methuen LDem (front bench)aye
Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerLDem (front bench)aye
Lord Newby LDem (front bench)aye
Baroness Northover LDem (front bench)aye
Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayLDem (front bench)aye
Lord Razzall LDem (front bench)aye
Lord Redesdale LDem (front bench)aye
Lord Roberts of LlandudnoLDem (front bench)tellaye
Lord Rodgers of Quarry BankLDemaye
Lord Roper LDem (front bench)aye
Baroness Scott of Needham MarketLDem (front bench)aye
Baroness Sharp of GuildfordLDem (front bench)aye
Lord Shutt of GreetlandLDem (front bench)tellaye
Lord Smith of CliftonLDem (front bench)aye
Lord Teverson LDem (front bench)aye
Lord Thomas of GresfordLDem (front bench)aye
Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodLDem (front bench)aye
Baroness Thomas of WinchesterLDem (front bench)aye
Lord Tordoff LDem (front bench)aye
Lord Wallace of SaltaireLDem (front bench)aye
Baroness Walmsley LDem (front bench)aye
Lord Rogan UUPaye

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