Clause 8 - Offence of illegal working

Part of Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 27th October 2015.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central 3:45 pm, 27th October 2015

I accept that it is to deport. Clearly, those who are here without rights, having exercised due process to establish whether they have a right to remain, should be deported. There is no disagreement on that, but does the provision of criminalising illegal working in clause 8 assist in that process or not? All the evidence seems to suggest that it will drive people underground, out of sight and make them less likely to whistleblow. That will frustrate the aspirations of the Government, with which we agree, to tackle both illegal working and its exploitation.