Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Lord Lilley: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that all those coming by small boats are coming from a safe country, France, and that it is absurd for us to suggest that they are all coming from an unsafe country? One of the reasons they may be wanting to leave France to come here is that France refuses asylum to three times as high a proportion as we do. Can my noble friend explain why that is?

    Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I will certainly confirm that France is a safe country. How the French asylum system works is, I am afraid, well beyond my knowledge.