Clause 19

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 15th March 2007.

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Photo of James Clappison James Clappison Conservative, Hertsmere 10:00 am, 15th March 2007

In the Under-Secretary’s very patient and generous acceptance of questions, was it not extremely illuminating that in her response on this very point, not only was there no mention of a limit, but there was no mention of any factors to be taken into account by the so-called migration advisory committee other than skills, and what I think will be regarded as employment opportunities? There was no mention of housing, infrastructure or the other myriad factors that should be taken into account in managing migration.

Does my hon. Friend agree that this is a case of the Government renaming what they originally wanted—a skills advisory body, which was in their White Paper—as a migration advisory committee, and pretending that it will advise on migration rather than skills? As the Under-Secretary’s reply made absolutely clear, that is all it will do.