Parliament: The House: Asylum plea

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The Independent Online
MINISTERS faced fresh Labour backbench calls to restore cash benefits for asylum-seekers ahead of today's crucial vote on provisions in the Asylum and Immigration Bill.

Neil Gerrard, the MP for Walthamstow and chairman of the all-party group on refugees, said the Government's measure would set up an "alternative Benefits Agency" within the Home Office to administer the voucher system.