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Part of Points of Order – in the House of Commons at 9:41 am on 11th January 2019.

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Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for the Home Department 9:41 am, 11th January 2019

First, the decision about what is included in immigration statistics and what is not is an independent decision for the Office for National Statistics. I have discussed the issue with it and last year we asked the Migration Advisory Committee to look into it. Its recommendation was to keep the number in the statistics, reflecting the fact that, although most students leave the country, there is an impact on infrastructure and public services. I am very sympathetic to the issue the hon. Lady raises, but I remind her that it is an independent decision for the Office for National Statistics.