New Clause 46 - Permission to work for people seeking asylum

Part of Nationality and Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 3:30 pm ar 4 Tachwedd 2021.

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Photo of Bambos Charalambous Bambos Charalambous Shadow Minister (Home Office) 3:30, 4 Tachwedd 2021

My hon. Friend makes an excellent point and I hope beyond hope that hon. Members will support our new clause.

In December 2018, the then Home Secretary stated that a Home Office review of the policy would be taking place. Subsequent contributions in 2019 from the Prime Minister and Home Office Ministers confirmed that the review would continue under the new Government, but to date no detail has been provided regarding the content or methodology of that review. The Government have appeared divided in their own ranks on the issue. In recent months, senior Cabinet Ministers have expressed disquiet about the Government’s position. Surely, it is therefore time that the Government listen to voices from across the political spectrum on this issue and do the right thing by adopting our clause on lifting the ban on work for people seeking asylum.