Tomorrow afternoon there will be a debate in the House of Commons that will slip under the radar of the media and most politicians, but that deals with one of the most damning reports on the treatment of asylum seekers in the UK.
Last March, the Joint Committee on Human Rights (a formal parliamentary committee of MPs and Peers) published a report on the treatment of asylum seekers. The report condemned the policy of enforced destitution of refused asylum seekers, said that denial of healthcare was a breach of human rights, and also criticised the treatment of children. This got a bit of media coverage at the time.
In June the Government issued its response. It pretty much stood by its policies on the treatment of asylum seekers though said it would look into one or two areas.
The members of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, and other interested MPs, will have the opportunity to tackle the Home Office Ministers on their response at a Westminster Hall debate in the House of Commons tomorrow. If you are in or around the House of Commons at 14:30 tomorrow, it might be worth popping into the public gallery! Unlike the main House of Commons chamber, there are plenty of seats and rarely a queue to get in to Westminster Hall.