Regina v Secretary of State for the Home Department ex parte Oladehinde: HL 18 Oct 1990

A decision at Senior Executive Officer level was accepted as appropriate in a deportation case. There was an express form of delegation, and acts of the immigration officers required to be regarded as the acts of the Home Secretary.
Lord Griffiths said: ‘it would not be right to authorise an inspector to take a decision to deport in any case upon which he had been engaged as an immigration officer, for to do so would be too much like asking a prosecutor to be judge in the same cause’.
It is a pre-condition to the exercise of the power to detain under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 3 that the notice of the decision to make a deportation order is served on the person to be deported.
Lord Griffiths said: ‘It is well recognised that when a statute places a duty on a minister it may generally be exercised by a member of his department for whom he accepts responsibility: this is the Carltona principle. Parliament can of course limit the minister’s power to devolve or delegate the decision and require him to exercise it in person.’


Lord Keith of Kinkel, Lord Brandon of Oakbrook, Lord Templeman, Lord Griffiths, Lord Ackner


[1991] 1 AC 254, [1989] UKHL 3, [1990] UKHL 11, [1990] 3 All ER 393, (1991) 3 Admin LR 393, [1990] 3 WLR 797, (1991) 3 Admin LR 393,


Bailii, Bailii


Immigration Act 1971


England and Wales


AppliedCarltona Ltd v Commissioners of Works CA 1943
Ministers May Act through Civil Servants
The plaintiffs owned a factory which was to be requisitioned. They sought a judicial review of the lawfulness of the order making the requisition, saying that the 1939 Regulations had been implemented not by the Minister as required, but by an . .
AdoptedRegina v Secretary of State for the Home Department ex parte Malhi CA 1990
Parliament would not have intended to give an adjudicator powers to review the decisions of the respondent which were co-extensive with those of a court in a judicial review since this would simply cause duplication. On the true construction of . .
At Divisional CourtRegina v Secretary of State for the Home Department ex parte Oladehinde Admn 1990
The Home Secretary authorised certain officials in the immigration department of the Home Office to act on his behalf to decide whether to issue a notice of intention to deport persons under the Immigration Act 1971.
Held: The court granted . .
Appeal fromRegina v Secretary of State for the Home Department ex parte Oladehinde CA 2-Jan-1990
The Court allowed appeals against a decision quashing decisions for the deport the applicants: there was no legal impediment to the Home Secretary authorising immigration inspectors to take the decision to deport immigrants who are in breach of . .

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Immigration, Administrative

Updated: 23 November 2022; Ref: scu.200648