Review of effects on measures in Act of certain changes in migration levels

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 18th June 2020.

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Photo of Wes Streeting Wes Streeting Shadow Exchequer Secretary (Treasury) 3:45 pm, 18th June 2020

Based on how the pattern of voting is going this afternoon, we can guess how the discussion of this proposal will turn out, unless the Government Members have a Damascene conversion and decide to swing behind it.

I am conscious of the clock, but we have had plenty of opportunity recently to debate Government immigration policy; I think the Opposition’s views are very well known. The economic debate about immigration is an important one, and it is important to remind people not just in the House but across the country that it remains a positively good thing for this country that the UK remains a destination to attract talent from around the world to come and work and study on these shores. That is a national strength. Of course, it is also important that we have immigration rules that are widely understood and fairly applied, and enforced where necessary.