Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Lord Lilley:

    My Lords, is my noble friend aware that the United Nations International Labour Organization warned that a

    “temporary … shortage … of trained native workers, can … be made … permanent by the attempting a quick fix from migrant labor. Any program which imports migrants into a sector whose employers are complaining of insufficient trained natives, can be expected to exacerbate (rather than alleviate) its native shortage”?

    Since Tony Blair ignored that warning, we have imported millions of workers—

    Noble Lords:

    Oh!

    Lord Lilley:

    We have. As the ILO predicted, shortages have got worse, even though Members opposite want to deny the facts. When will we abandon this failed policy and start training and paying our own people better?

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