Constitutional Affairs Committee

Press Notice No.21 of Session 2002-03                 9 October 2003


Immigration and Asylum: the Government's proposed changes to publicly funded immigration and asylum work

The Constitutional Affairs Committee will hold two public evidence sessions in relation to the  Government's proposed changes to publicly funded immigration and asylum work. The Department for Constitutional Affairs(DCA) issued a consultation paper on 5 June 2003. The consultation completed on 27 August and the Committee intend to issue a report of its findings in advance of the announcement of the Government's final proposals.

Details of the sessions are as follows:

Tuesday 14 October, Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Mr David Lammy MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, and officials, Department for Constitutional Affairs and Ms Clare Dodgson, Chief Executive, Legal Services Commission

Tuesday 21 October, Grimond Room, Portcullis House
The Law Society; The Immigration Law Practitioners' Association and the Refugee Legal Centre

John Scampion CBE, Immigration Services Commissioner; Rt Hon Lord Newton of Braintree OBE, Chairman, Council on Tribunals

The Committee will make available transcripts of the sessions on its website at the earliest practicable opportunity.

Please note that Committee Rooms can be liable to change at short notice.  Up-to-date information is available from the Committee Office Recorded Information Line on 020 7219 2033