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Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government plan to take to make immigration law easier to understand. (180079)

Following the review of the immigration system in July 2006, we made a commitment to strengthen and simplify immigration legislation—replacing existing laws in this area and establishing a clear, consistent and coherent legal framework which supports the control of our borders and the management of migration.

An initial consultation paper “Simplifying Immigration Law - An Initial Consultation” published on 6 June 2007, set out principles for simplification and invited views. An analysis of responses was published on 6 December 2007.

We will be consulting on more specific proposals for simplification shortly. We will then publish draft clauses for pre-legislative scrutiny.

Subject to the parliamentary timetable, this will allow us to introduce comprehensive new legislation in the next session.