Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill

Posted on June 14th, 2011 in Parliamentary News

Keith Vaz (Leicester, East) (Lab): What the Home Secretary has said is helpful. However, if what she outlines is not also done with the co-operation of the entry clearance operation, the outcome will replicate the current situation, whereby there are hundreds of bogus colleges in this country and tens of thousands of bogus students who have been admitted because of the entry clearance position. The Minister for Borders and Immigration appeared before the Select Committee on Home Affairs this morning and confirmed the problem. Will the Home Secretary confirm that the Bill will help resolve the problem, and will she also—

Mr. Speaker: Order.

Jacqui Smith: I know that my hon. Friend the Minister for Borders and Immigration was before my right hon. Friend’s Committee this morning. However, he was actually confirming that, in introducing tier 4 of the points-based system in particular, but also in tightening up the requirement for sponsorship, which, incidentally, is further strengthened in the Bill, we are taking robust action against bogus colleges and those who purport to enter this country to study.


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