HL Deb 21 May 2004 vol 661 c105WA
Earl Russell

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How the transitional period between the existing Immigration Appeals Tribunal and the proposed Asylum and Immigration Tribunal system will function in dealing with appeals that have already been made; and what is the likely timescale involved. [HL2717]

The Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor (Lord Falconer of Thoroton)

Clause 14 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill establishes a single-tier tribunal to replace the current two-tier system. We have not yet settled the arrangements for dealing with pending appeals, but I can confirm that they will provide for a fair and effective remedy. Transitional arrangements will be made by order under Clause 34(3)(a) of the Bill. I will write to the noble Lord when arrangements are settled.