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Special Immigration Appeals Commission

Volume 532: debated on Tuesday 13 September 2011

12. What steps he is taking to improve the functioning of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission. (71318)

The operation of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission is kept under regular review. There are no present plans to change current arrangements.

Too often immigration cases are deliberately spun out using never-ending reviews and ever-upwards appeals. What steps will the Minister take to protect the much-needed immigration reforms proposed by the Government from such delaying tactics?

Parliament has on previous occasions decided against the ousting of the High Court’s judicial review jurisdiction. The Supreme Court recently indicated that it considered it would not be appropriate for the Government to take that route. However, improvements are being made. The legal aid reforms currently before Parliament seek to remove legal aid from repeat applications for judicial review in immigration and asylum cases.