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Immigration Bill

Part of Bills Presented – in the House of Commons at 6:28 pm on 13th October 2015.

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Photo of Craig Mackinlay Craig Mackinlay Conservative, South Thanet 6:28 pm, 13th October 2015

I pay tribute to the Immigration Minister for bringing this Bill to the House, and offer sincere thanks for much of the preamble before today, which has given us a flavour of what the Bill is all about. To my mind, the Bill is about fairness—fairness to those who come here legally and do the right thing in seeking to work in our country, but also fairness to those who are already in this country and are trying to make the best of often low wages, which can be further reduced by illegal working.

Much has been said, particularly by Mr Carmichael, about whether the Bill is fit for purpose. When I have spoken to the public, to my constituents and to those across the country, I have found that they are very concerned about immigration, so many Members must live in a vacuum.