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Special Immigration Appeals Commission

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what directions have been given to ensure that officials concerned with cases before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (a) make full disclosure of all relevant information and documents and (b) provide accurate statements of fact; and if he will make a statement on the implications of the MK case. (94794)

All officials concerned with cases before SIAC are aware of the obligation to make full disclosure of all relevant information, and of the necessity for factual statements to be accurate in every respect. They are given advice as to the extent of these obligations, in particular in individual cases. That advice has been reviewed in the light of the incident referred to in the judgment. The particular processes involved in the preparation of the case in question have also been reviewed, with the aim of excluding the possibility of a repetition.

The error in this case was brought to the judge’s attention before he reached his judgment and the judge accepted that the error raised no concerns about the integrity, reasoning and conclusions of the court. He also accepted that the mistake had not been made in bad faith.