JCHR Press Notice 03-04 No. 25

Session 2003-04                                                2 July 2004

Forthcoming Publication


Asylum & Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill: New Clauses

The Fourteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights of Session 2003-04, Asylum & Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill: New Clauses will be published on Monday 5 July 2004 as House of Lords Paper 130/House of Commons Paper 828.

The Committee has previously reported on this Bill, in its Third Report of 2003 04, Scrutiny of Bills: Progress Report, HL Paper 23, HC 252; its  Fifth Report of 2003 04, Asylum & Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill, HL Paper 35, HC 304 and its Thirteenth Report of Session 2003 04, Scrutiny of Bills: Sixth Progress Report, HL Paper 102, HC 640.

On 15 June 2004 the House of Lords considered a number of significant new Government clauses to the Bill, which had been tabled on 9 June. 

The new clauses related to: making "hard-case support" for asylum seekers conditional on performance of community work; establishing a "deemed local connection" with the area to which an asylum seeker had been dispersed for homelessness purposes; the payment of back-dated benefits to refugees; and restrictions on the right to marry of persons subject to immigration control.

The report considers the compatibility of these new provisions with human rights standards.