HC Deb 13 February 2004 vol 418 c217W
Mr. Hawkins

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what plans he has to change the basis upon which immigration adjudicators are employed; and if he will make a statement; [154885]

(2) if he will make a statement on his plans to terminate the current judicial appointment contracts for immigration adjudicators and issue new terms of contract equivalent to Civil Service terms and conditions. [154886]

Mr. Lammy

The Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill provides for the existing judicial members of the Immigration Appellate Authority (IAA) to form the judicial complement in the proposed single tier Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT).

The terms of appointment to the AIT will continue to safeguard the independence of judicial office holders and will not be amended to reflect equivalent terms and conditions of employment in the Civil Service.

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