Clause 19

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 15th March 2007.

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Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 9:45 am, 15th March 2007

It is a very important new measure. It will advise the Government on attributes needed and on what skills shortages there are, and it will be able to gather evidence from employers, businesses, higher education institutions and others. It will therefore be able to inform the Government so that we can make decisions about the categories in the points-based system that are related to our needs. It is clear that the committee and the points-based system will have a strong relationship.

Mr. Clappison rose—