Tuesday 4 November 2008

Members present:

Keith Vaz, in the Chair
Ms Karen Buck
Mr James Clappison
Mrs Ann Cryer
David T.C. Davies
Mrs Janet Dean
Patrick Mercer
Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Martin Salter
Mr Gary Streeter
Mr David Winnick

Draft Immigration and Citizenship Bill

The Committee considered this matter.

Ordered, That the following written evidence relating to the Draft Immigration and Citizenship Bill be reported to the House for publication on the internet:

Migration Watch
Institute of Community Cohesion
Ahmad Shad
Terrence Higgins Trust
Bail for Immigration Detainees
Asylum Support Appeals Project
National AIDS Trust
British Medical Association
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
Asylum Aid
Refugee Action
Global Health Advocacy Project
London Detainee Support Group
Immigration Advisory Service
Refugee Legal Centre
Refugee Council
Migrants’ Rights Network
No Recourse to Public Funds Network
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
Medecins du Monde UK
Public and Commercial Services Union
Local Government Association
Road Haulage Association Ltd
Still Human Still Here Campaign
Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership
Sean Zhang
Dr Charmian Goldwyn
Runnymede Trust
Refugee Children’s Consortium
UN High Commission for Refugees

Police and the media

Shami Chakrabarti CBE, Director, Liberty, gave oral evidence.

Professor Jon Silverman, freelance journalist and Professor of Media and Criminal Justice, University of Bedfordshire, gave oral evidence.

Deputy Chief Constable Phil Gormley, West Midlands Police, and Deputy Chief Constable Andy Trotter OBE QPM, Chair of ACPO Media Advisory Group, gave oral evidence.

The rights of Gurkhas to settle in the United Kingdom

Timothy Heaver, N.C. Brothers and Co, Martin Howe, Howe and Co, Laxmi Prasad Sharma, Secretary of United British Gurkhas Ex-Servicemen’s Association, Chief Superintendent Kevin Hurley, Metropolitan Police, and Gyan Bahadur Sherchan, member of the Gurkha United Forum, gave oral evidence.

Ordered, That the written evidence relating to the rights of Gurkhas to settle in the United Kingdom submitted by Joanna Lumley be reported to the House for publication on the internet.

Resolved, That the Chairman write to the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the matter of the Government’s response to the High Court judgement of 30 September regarding the rights of Gurkhas to settle in the United Kingdom.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 11 November at 10.15 am.