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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 2nd April 2008.

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Photo of Derek Wyatt Derek Wyatt PPS (Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE, Minister of State), Department for Culture, Media & Sport 11:30 am, 2nd April 2008

Last Friday, after campaigning, I went to my local Bangladeshi curry house. [Interruption.] I was told that members of the immigration service are now visiting Bangladeshi restaurants between 7 pm and 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays—a critical period for any restaurant, because it is the busiest period of the week. They are closing the restaurants and clearing the customers out, who leave without paying for anything. The restaurant owners lose their revenue for Friday and Saturday nights, and are not allowed to telephone a solicitor or their Member of Parliament. That is not acceptable. Will my right hon. and learned Friend meet a group of Bangladeshi restaurant owners, so that we may at least change the process engaged in by the immigration service?

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