On 12th April 2016 the House of Lords considered the Government’s Immigration Bill at third reading. The Bishop of Chester took part in two votes that that took place on the Bill:
The Bishop of Chester took part in a vote on Baroness Lister’s amendment to the Bill on the subject of ending the detention of pregnant women in immigration detention facilities, the Bishop voted content with the amendment.
Baroness Lister moved amendment 6, in clause 62, page 58, line 37, at end to insert: “( ) No person whom the Secretary of State knows, or could reasonably be expected to know, is pregnant shall be detained.”
Division Result: Contents: 274 | Not Contents: 215 | Result: Government Defeat
The Bishop of Chester took part in a vote on Lord Wallace’s amendment to the Bill which proposed a delay when the immigrations skills charge comes into effect and allows for transitional provisions.
Lord Wallace of Saltaire moved amendment 9, in clause 96, page 75, line 38, to leave out subsection (4) and insert: “(4) Section 87 shall not come into effect: (a) before 31 March 2018; and (b) until transitional provision has been made for institutions in the public sector.”