In relation to the proposed changes to asylum support it is worth noting that the Immigration Minister stated that “Section 55 of the Children Act will continue to apply as regards safeguarding duties towards children (col. 276). The full debate can be read at:http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151013/debindx/151013-x.htm
The Second Reading of the Immigration Bill took place on 13 October 2015. “Reasoned amendments” to the Bill, which call for a vote to be taken to stop the Bill proceeding, were tabled by Labour, SNP, the Lib Dems and the Greens. The text of these amendments are attached as a file so that you can see the basic positions of each party. Only the Labour amendment was chosen for debate and when this was voted on it was defeated by 322 votes to 282.