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Immigration legislation explored by Committee

16 November 2016

On Wednesday 16 November, the Constitution Committee hears evidence from former civil servants and immigration law experts and judges, as part of its large-scale inquiry into the Legislative Process.

Witnesses

Wednesday 16 November in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

First panel

At 10.25am

  • Emran Mian, Social Market Foundation
  • Chris Walker, Independent Housing Consultant (formerly of the Policy Exchange)

Second panel

At 11.00am

  • Alison Harvey, Immigration Law Practitioners' Association
  • Peter Jorro, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Third panel

At 11.35am

  • Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals
  • Judge Michael Clements, President of the First-tier Tribunal, Immigration & Asylum Chamber
  • Judge Julian Phillips, Resident Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Immigration & Asylum Chamber

Possible questions

In the first session, possible questions the Committee may put to the witnesses include:

  • Is there a tension between political commitments to legislation and adherence to evidence-based policy-making?
  • Should the evidence base for Government policy and legislation be routinely published and open for scrutiny? Does a lack of transparency necessarily indicate a lack of evidence?
  • How far do Government departments test out new policies in pilot areas?  What reasons are there for not carrying out pilots?

In the second session, possible questions the Committee may put to the witnesses include:

  • What, in your view, would "good" immigration law look like?
  • What changes would you propose in the Government's approach to immigration legislation?
  • What factors determine the quality of immigration legislation?  And is there sufficient policy and legal expertise within Government?

In the final session, possible questions may include:

  • To what extent do you believe immigration law is what the Office of Parliamentary Counsel describe as "good law": "law that is: necessary; clear; coherent; effective; and accessible?"
  • What are the difficulties experienced by judges dealing with immigration law?
  • What factors determine the quality of immigration legislation?

Further information

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