Clause 8 - Offence of illegal working

Part of Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:32 pm on 27th October 2015.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central 3:32 pm, 27th October 2015

I thank the Minister for that intervention because it gives me the opportunity to explain more clearly; I apologise if I did not do so before. The point I am making is that clause 8 affects those who do not have the right to work, because it criminalises them and makes it less likely that they will whistleblow and report their employers. Rights awareness is low, even among those who have the right to work here. We have seen various cases where exploitative practices have been blown apart. Part of the intimidation and the way in which employers were enforcing compliance was by cloaking a series of threats that did not apply in those cases. That is my point.