HOME OFFICE - IMMIGRATION STRATEGY

- Monday, 7th November 2005

 

Type: Oral Parliamentary Question (OPQ)

Member Tabling Question: Lilley, Peter
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Question: Can the Minister explain why his plan for migration does not include a single reference to the Government Actuary‘s forecast that net immigration will add 6 million to the population of this country within 25 years? Why is there no provision for the land that will need to be set aside for the dwellings that will have to be built to house those people? Can he confirm that his colleague in another place has forecast that a third of new households in this country will be the result of net immigration in future?
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Member Answering Question: Burnham, Andy
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Answering Department: Home Office
Date of Answer: 07.11.2005
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Answer: What I can tell the right hon. Gentleman is that the Government will certainly not accept an arbitrary quota on migration, which was proposed by his party at the general election, and which, I believe, would be highly damaging to the British economy. We will not be going down that path, if that was the thrust of his question. The net contribution to our economy made by migrants should be celebrated, and it is high time that he and his party stopped playing politics with the issue and began to welcome the genuine contribution that economic migrants make to our country. What I can tell the right hon. Gentleman is that the Government will certainly not accept an arbitrary quota on migration, which was proposed by his party at the general election, and which, I believe, would be highly damaging to the British economy. We will not be going down that path, if that was the thrust of his question. The net contribution to our economy made by migrants should be celebrated, and it is high time that he and his party stopped playing politics with the issue and began to welcome the genuine contribution that economic migrants make to our country.

Topic: Immigration Strategy

Legislature: House of Commons (HoC)
Location: Commons Chamber

Status: Answered
Session: 05-06

 

 

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