Illegal Immigrants

Home Department written question – answered on 15th October 2001.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of illegal immigrants employed in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Parliamentary Secretary (Home office)

No such estimate has been made in the last five years or previously of the numbers of those involved in illegal employment. The Home Office will shortly be commissioning research to obtain information about the size and characteristics of the illegal population.

The Government are, however, determined to tackle the criminal gangs who are trading in human misery. Last year a multi-agency task force, chaired by the National Crime Squad, was created and is leading the United Kingdom's response to this problem.

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