DAVID ALTON has attacked Government plans for a new Immigration and Asylum Bill as "vicious and cowardly". As Liberal Democrat MPs prepared to vote against the controversial Home Office Bill this week, the Catholic MP (Liberal Democrat, Mosseley Hill) pointed out that despite Government
insistence that its new and more stringent restrictions were required because Britain was being "fleeced" by refugees, the true picture was very different, with social security spending on asylum seekers estimated at 0.25 per cent of the total social security budget.
Moreover, as Alton pointed out, "The Govern
ment claims that we are flooded with bogus asylum seekers, yet it is unable to come up wih a single figure to back up its claim." He continued: "This Government has a long record of unveiling spurious immigration bills every time it faces difficulties in the polls.
"The 1995 version is very unwelcome".