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Nicholas Soames: ...that it is for a maximum of four years. The number allowed to settle here would thus be confined to a small number selected by a further points system. The longer-term policy aim would be to bring immigration into line with emigration—hence the term "balanced migration". The Minister said in his BBC interview on Sunday that he would ensure that breaking the limit between economic...
Nicholas Soames: ...the public are crystal clear on it. Faced with that chaotic situation, the Government have gone about things in the right way. They have carried out a careful and thorough review of the three major immigration routes: students, economic migration and marriage. I commend my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and the former Immigration Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for Ashford...
Nicholas Soames: ...on the Floor of the House without the sort of ignorant, absurd and childish platitudes that we have so recently heard. I have had regular and extensive contact and dealings with the United Kingdom Immigrants Advisory Service as an ordinary Member who has regularly to deal with immigration matters. I am confident that when I recommend a constituent to see UKIAS he or she will be dealt with...
Nicholas Soames: ...and has resulted in hundreds—about 800—pages of guidance, as well as enormously long forms to be filled in by applicants for visas or work permits. I will be writing to my hon. Friend the Immigration Minister about some particularly disgraceful and inefficient episodes in that regard, concerning distinguished people who need to come to this country and whom the country wishes to...
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which 80 immigration routes the Government are replacing; and how many entry clearances were granted under each route in the latest year for which figures are available.
Nicholas Soames: ...that there is a good deal still to be done in respect of training the United Kingdom work force? Does he agree that what we really need to do is cap the number of people who come here as immigrants in each year?
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make an assessment of the effect of recent trends in immigration on the delivery of (a) maternity and (b) accident and emergency services in West Sussex.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the quality of statistics available to him on immigration and asylum.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to remove illegal immigrants and overstayers over the last 12 months.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the application of human rights legislation to illegal immigrants and asylum seekers.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the Afghans who landed at Stansted in February 2000 in a hijacked aircraft are in Britain; and what their immigration status is.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if an entry clearance officer who has grounds to suspect that a proposed marriage is primarily for the purpose of evading immigration controls has the power to refuse the issue of an entry clearance certificate to either party on those grounds.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the net non EU foreign immigration to the UK was, including the dependants of asylum seekers, in each year from 1992 to 2001 (a) before the recent adjustments to take account of the census results and (b) after these adjustments had been made.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what adjustment for asylum seekers has been made to the International Passenger Survey Data in each of the years 1995 and 2002 to arrive at the net immigration estimates.
Nicholas Soames: Does my hon. and learned Friend agree that many of the immigration rules are being grotesquely abused? What steps can he take to tighten them up?
Nicholas Soames: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, by misusing the spirit of the regulations, hon. Members do a great disservice to immigrant communities?
Nicholas Soames: I broadly welcome the guidance of my hon. and learned Friend on this matter. Will he, nevertheless, assure the House that he is satisfied that there are sufficient immigration officers to deal with the many difficult cases?
Nicholas Soames: I welcome the steps that the Prime Minister has taken on social housing, but does he agree that unless urgent steps are taken to curb immigration this policy will not even begin to deal with the problem?
Nicholas Soames: Has the Minister had time to see the powerful report from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, which calls for an assessment to be made by the Government of the impact of immigration on affordable housing and other housing, given the great pressure on demand? Has the right hon. Gentleman made such an assessment?
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell of 5 November 2009, Official Report, column 1138W, on immigrations controls, how many sponsorship licences have been granted to (a) employers and (b) educational institutions since the inception of the points-based system.