UK-Rwanda Partnership Debate

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Department: Home Office

UK-Rwanda Partnership

Lord Cormack Excerpts
Thursday 7th December 2023

(5 months, 3 weeks ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Cormack Portrait Lord Cormack (Con)
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My Lords, the seventh paragraph of the Statement that was delivered in another place yesterday says that the Government will introduce legislation next week

“to give effect to the judgment of Parliament that Rwanda is a safe country, notwithstanding UK law or any interpretation of international law”.—[Official Report, Commons, 6/12/23; col. 433.]

Can my noble friend explain precisely what that means? Will he also share with the House how we will measure success, and whether we expect to have 100 people sent to Rwanda next year, or 200, or 1,000? Could he give us a rough idea of what figure the Government expect to reach to be able to achieve success?

Lord Sharpe of Epsom Portrait Lord Sharpe of Epsom (Con)
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I point my noble friend to Clause 1(6) of the Bill, which actually outlines what international law means; it is a non-exhaustive list. Regarding how we will judge success, I think we are already seeing some. As the Prime Minister mentioned this morning, a number of crossings have been deterred, and the numbers are down on last year. Success in its entirety will involve putting the criminal gangs out of business once and for all.