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Immigration (Discharged Gurkhas) Bill [HL]

Volume 704: debated on Monday 13 October 2008

Read a third time.

My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill do now pass. I draw your Lordships’ attention to the pronouncement in the High Court that the current immigration policy of denying visas is unlawful and needs urgent revisiting. In the light of that, I hope that Her Majesty’s Government will now support the Bill.

Moved, That the Bill do now pass.—(Lord Lee of Trafford.)

My Lords, in the light of the court ruling, urgent action has been taken to publish new guidance and to review all cases outstanding by the end of the year. The new policy guidance will be published at the turn of this month and a copy will be placed in the Library. Additional resources are being redeployed to ensure that we honour our commitments to the Gurkhas by reading all the 1,000 overseas applications, plus the 200 in-country appeals, by the end of the year.

On Question, Bill passed, and sent to the Commons