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Page 155, line 42, leave out from ("2") to ("sub-paragraph") in line 45 and insert ("paragraph 21 (temporary admission of persons liable to detention) is amended as follows.
(2) After sub-paragraph (2) insert--
"(2A) The provisions that may be included in restrictions as to residence imposed under sub-paragraph (2) include provisions of such a description as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State.
(2B) The regulations may, among other things, provide for the inclusion of provisions--
(a) prohibiting residence in one or more particular areas;
(b) requiring the person concerned to reside in accommodation provided under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and prohibiting him from being absent from that accommodation except in accordance with the restrictions imposed on him.
(2C) The regulations may provide that a particular description of provision may be imposed only for prescribed purposes.
(2D) The power to make regulations conferred by this paragraph is exercisable by statutory instrument and includes a power to make different provision for different cases.
(2E) But no regulations under this paragraph are to be made unless a draft of the regulations has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House."
(3) In sub-paragraph (3), after "2" insert "or 2A".
Page 157, line 28, at end insert--
. Section 53 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 (requirement to provide school meals etc) is amended as follows--
(a) in subsection (3)--
(i) for the words from the beginning to "an", where it occurs for the second time, substitute--
"(3) Subsection (3AA) below applies in relation to a pupil--
(a) whose parents are in receipt of--
(i) income support;
(ii) an income-based jobseeker's allowance (payable under the Jobseekers Act 1995); or
(iii) support provided under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or
(b) who is himself in receipt of income support or an income-based jobseeker's allowance.
(3AA) An"; and.
(ii) for "him", where it occurs for the first time, substitute "the pupil"; and
(b) in subsection (3A), for "Subsections (1), (2) and (3)" substitute "Subsections (1) to (3AA)".").
Page 165, line 33, at end insert--
("Section 2 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996
1A.--(1) This paragraph applies in relation to any time before the commencement of the repeal by this Act of section 2 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996.
(2) That section has effect, and is to be deemed always to have had effect, as if the reference to section 6 of the Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act 1993 were a reference to section 13, and any certificate issued under that section is to be read accordingly.").
Page 166, line 30, at end insert--
("Duties under Health Services and Public Health Act 1968
. Section 116(1) has effect, in relation to any time before section 114 is brought into force, as if section 114 came into force on the passing of this Act.").
Page 166, line 32, leave out ("Section 119(1) has") and insert ("Subsections (1) to (3) of section 119 have").
Page 166, line 33, at end insert--
("Duties under Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972
. Subsections (1) and (2) of section 120 have effect, in relation to any time before section 114 is brought into force, as if section 114 came into force on the passing of this Act.
Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I should like to say a few words of thanks to the many who have taken part in the debate on what has been a long, detailed, and sometimes difficult Bill. It would be less than gracious if I did not say in that context that Ministers, in particular the noble Lord, Lord Bassam, and the noble and learned Lord the Attorney-General, who is not at present in his place, and indeed the Home
We have faced not only the problem of handling a great many people who wish to come to this country as asylum seekers, but also the real difficulties arising from information technology. That is not the Government's fault; the problems predate their time, and have not been made any easier as a result of the technology having to be introduced in a difficult situation. We understand that and we sympathise. Every time I look at my own personal computer swallowing my immortal words when I cannot do anything to stop it, I think of the Home Office and my heart bleeds just a little.
I pay tribute also to the noble Lord, Lord Cope, and his colleague, the noble Viscount, Lord Astor, and very much also to the Cross-Benchers, the noble Earl, Lord Sandwich, the noble Lords, Lord Hylton and Lord Alton, and others, for their contributions to these debates.
I conclude with two points. I am sure that noble Lords on other Benches, not least on the Benches of the right reverend Prelate and his colleagues, the Bishops' Benches, and the noble Lord, Lord Sheppard--with whom I still dimly associate that particular outstanding role--share with us the sense that we have two matters greatly in mind. The first is the noble, outstanding tradition in this country over many decades of accepting voices of dissent and voices fighting for liberty and freedom. The mind goes back as far as people like Kossuth and Garibaldi. It is a great tradition which most of us would not wish to see brought to an end.
In this Bill there are many powers which affect directly not only the liberties of people who seek to come to this country but also our own liberties. There are precedents which could be disturbing if not brought under control. Therefore, we have had in mind not only the liberties of asylum seekers but also those of our own countrymen and women in the moves that we have made on the Bill.
Lord Cope of Berkeley: My Lords, I join in the thanks expressed by the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, to the Minister and noble Lords on all sides of the House who have taken part in these long debates.
This Bill leaves the House in a form very different from that in which it arrived. Most of the changes made in the course of our debates are improvements. We continue to share the general intentions of the Government that immigration decisions should be fairer, faster and firmer. But I am not confident that the new machinery established by this Bill will work smoothly.
New arrangements, new legislation and new systems in government usually slow things down, at least at the start. I am not hopeful that this Bill will be an exception to that rule. The Home Secretary inherited a difficult situation and made it worse. This Bill fills me with foreboding. Nevertheless, I believe that it should pass.
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