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Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill [HL]


Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill [HL]
Part 1 — Border functions

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A

Bill

To

Provide for customs functions to be exercisable by the Secretary of State, the

Director of Border Revenue and officials designated by them; to make

provision about the use and disclosure of customs information; to make

provision for and in connection with the exercise of customs functions and

functions relating to immigration, asylum or nationality; to make provision

about citizenship and other nationality matters; to make further provision

about immigration and asylum; and for connected purposes. 

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

Part 1

Border functions

General customs functions of the Secretary of State

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General customs functions of the Secretary of State

(1)   

The functions of the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

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that are exercisable in relation to general customs matters are exercisable by the

Secretary of State concurrently with the Commissioners.

(2)   

For the purposes of this Part, a “general customs matter” is a matter in relation

to which the Commissioners have functions, other than—

(a)   

a matter listed in Schedule 1 to the Commissioners for Revenue and

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Customs Act 2005 (c. 11),

(b)   

any tax, duty or levy not mentioned in that Schedule,

(c)   

a matter in respect of which functions were transferred to the

Commissioners from the Paymaster General under the Transfer of

Functions (Office of Her Majesty’s Paymaster General) Order 2006 (S.I.

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2006/607),

 

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(d)   

the subject matter of Directive 2005/60/EC on the prevention of the use

of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and

terrorist financing (as amended from time to time), and

(e)   

the subject matter of Regulation (EC) No 1781/2006 on information on

the payer accompanying transfers of funds (as amended from time to

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time).

(3)   

If a function is exercisable by the Commissioners—

(a)   

in relation to a general customs matter, and

(b)   

in relation to any other matter,

   

the function is exercisable by the Secretary of State in relation to the general

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customs matter only.

(4)   

So far as is appropriate for the purposes of or in connection with this section,

references to the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, or

to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, in an enactment, instrument or

document to which this section applies are to be construed as including a

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reference to the Secretary of State.

(5)   

References in this section to functions of the Commissioners are to functions

conferred by an enactment to which this section applies.

(6)   

This section applies to—

(a)   

an enactment passed or made before the end of the session in which this

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Act is passed, and

(b)   

an instrument or document issued before the passing of this Act.

(7)   

This includes—

(a)   

section 5(2)(b) of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act

2005 (c. 11) (Commissioners’ initial functions),

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(b)   

section 9 of that Act (ancillary powers),

(c)   

section 25A(2) of that Act (certificates of debt),

(d)   

section 31 of that Act (obstruction), and

(e)   

section 33 of that Act (power of arrest) other than in its application to

an offence under section 30 of that Act (impersonation),

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but does not include any other enactment contained in that Act.

(8)   

In this Part “general customs function” means a function exercisable in relation

to a general customs matter.

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Power of Secretary of State to modify functions

(1)   

The Secretary of State may by order—

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(a)   

amend section 1(2) (matters that are general customs matters) so as to

add, modify or remove a matter;

(b)   

amend that section so as to exclude its application in relation to a

function of the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and

Customs or to modify or remove a reference to a function previously so

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excluded;

(c)   

make provision for that section to apply in relation to a function

conferred on the Commissioners by an enactment passed or made after

the end of the session in which this Act is passed;

 
 

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(d)   

modify any enactment (including an enactment passed or made after

the passing of this Act) in consequence of provision made under any of

paragraphs (a) to (c).

(2)   

The power under subsection (1)(a) may not be exercised to add any of the

following to section 1(2)—

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(a)   

a matter listed in Schedule 1 to the Commissioners for Revenue and

Customs Act 2005 (c. 11),

(b)   

value added tax,

(c)   

a customs revenue matter (as to which, see section 7), or

(d)   

a matter listed at section 7(2)(e).

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(3)   

The Secretary of State must consult the Treasury before exercising the power

under this section.

General customs officials

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Designation of general customs officials

(1)   

The Secretary of State by whom general customs functions are exercisable may

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designate—

(a)   

an immigration officer, or

(b)   

any other official in that Secretary of State’s department,

   

as a general customs official.

(2)   

A general customs official—

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(a)   

has, in relation to a general customs matter, the same functions as an

officer of Revenue and Customs would have, and

(b)   

may exercise the functions conferred on the Secretary of State by

section 1 (general customs functions of the Secretary of State).

(3)   

This does not prevent the exercise of the Secretary of State’s functions by any

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other official of the Secretary of State.

(4)   

If a function within subsection (2) is exercisable—

(a)   

in relation to a general customs matter, and

(b)   

in relation to any other matter,

   

the function is exercisable by a general customs official in relation to the

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general customs matter only.

(5)   

So far as is appropriate for the purposes of or in connection with this section,

references to an officer of Revenue and Customs, or to Her Majesty’s Revenue

and Customs, in an enactment, instrument or document to which this section

applies are to be construed as including a reference to a general customs

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official.

(6)   

References in this section to functions of an officer of Revenue and Customs are

to functions conferred by an enactment to which this section applies.

(7)   

This section applies to—

(a)   

an enactment passed or made, or an instrument or document issued,

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before this Act is passed, and

(b)   

subject to express provision to the contrary, an enactment passed or

made, or an instrument or document issued, after this Act is passed.

 
 

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(8)   

This includes—

(a)   

section 2(4) of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005

(c. 11) (continuation of anything begun by one officer by another),

(b)   

section 6 of that Act (officers’ initial functions),

(c)   

section 25(1) and (5) of that Act (conduct of civil proceedings in a

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magistrates’ court or in the sheriff court),

(d)   

section 25A(1) of that Act (certificates of debt),

(e)   

section 31 of that Act (obstruction),

(f)   

section 32 of that Act (assault), and

(g)   

section 33 of that Act (power of arrest) other than in its application to

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an offence under section 30 of that Act (impersonation),

   

but does not otherwise include any enactment contained in that Act.

(9)   

This section has effect subject to—

(a)   

any limitation specified in the official’s designation under section 4

(supplementary provisions about designation), and

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(b)   

any designation of the official under section 11 (designation of customs

revenue officials).

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Designation: supplementary

(1)   

A designation under section 3 is subject to such limitations as may be specified

in the designation.

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(2)   

A limitation specified under subsection (1) may, in particular, relate to—

(a)   

the functions that are exercisable by virtue of the designation, or

(b)   

the purposes for which those functions are exercisable.

(3)   

A designation under section 3

(a)   

may be permanent or for a specified period,

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(b)   

may (in either case) be withdrawn, and

(c)   

may be varied.

(4)   

The power to designate, or to withdraw or vary a designation, is exercised by

the Secretary of State giving notice to the official in question.

(5)   

The Secretary of State may designate an official under section 3 only if the

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Secretary of State is satisfied that the official—

(a)   

is capable of effectively carrying out the functions that are exercisable

by virtue of the designation,

(b)   

has received adequate training in respect of the exercise of those

functions, and

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(c)   

is otherwise a suitable person to exercise those functions.

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Directions by the Secretary of State

A general customs official must comply with the directions of the Secretary of

State in the exercise of functions in relation to a general customs matter.

 
 

 
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