Nationality and Borders Bill — Before Clause 11 — Asylum Seekers — Permission to Work — 26 Apr 2022 at 22:56

The majority of MPs voted against allowing those seeking asylum and their adult dependents to work if a decision has not been made on their application within six months.

MPs were considering the Nationality and Borders Bill.[1][2][3]

The motion supported by the majority of MPs in this vote was:

  • That this House disagrees with Lords amendments 7F and 7G.

The rejected amendments in question began:[4]

  • 7F
  • After Clause 12, insert the following new Clause—
  • Changes to the Immigration Act 1971
  • (1) The Immigration Act 1971 is amended as follows.
  • (2) After section 3(2) (general provisions for regulation and control) insert—
  • “(2A) Regulations under subsection (2) must provide that persons, and adult dependants of persons, who are applying for asylum in the United Kingdom are granted permission by the Secretary of State to take up employment if—
  • (a) a decision at first instance has not been taken on the applicant’s asylum application within six months of the date on which the application was made, or Nationality and Borders Bill
  • (b) a person makes an application or a further application which raises asylum grounds, and a decision on that new application, or a decision on whether to treat such further asylum grounds as a new application, has not been taken within six months of the date on which the further application was made


  • 7G
  • Clause 83, page 84, line 27, at end insert—
  • “(aa) section (Changes to the Immigration Act 1971);”

This rejected amendment would have ensured commencement of the provision contained in the previous amendment on the day the Act was passed.


Debate in Parliament |

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 are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Alba0 1050.0%
Con283 (+2 tell) 4079.8%
DUP0 3037.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent1 3080.0%
Lab0 146 (+2 tell)074.0%
LDem0 8061.5%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 1050.0%
SNP0 41091.1%
Total:284 211077.8%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs 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 MP who could have voted in this division

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Robert BucklandSouth SwindonCon (front bench)no
Simon HoareNorth DorsetCon (front bench)no
Tim LoughtonEast Worthing and ShorehamCon (front bench)no
Bob NeillBromley and ChislehurstCon (front bench)no

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