Unemployment in the UK

Part of Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 7:45 pm on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of James Purnell James Purnell Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions 7:45 pm, 7th October 2008

Are the Opposition saying that they do not want any migrants to come to this country? Is that the policy of those on the Opposition Front Bench? We think that having a positive approach to migration's contribution to our economy is important. We think that migration has to be managed, and we are bringing in the points-based system because we think that it will help us to do that. We think that it is right that migrants should contribute to our economy. If Opposition Front-Bench Members do not believe that, they should say so. I was merely pointing out that the figure used by the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell was wrong.

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