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House of Lords written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Spokesperson in the Lords (Civil Liberties), Home Affairs, Spokesperson in the Lords (Africa), Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, following the judgment of the High Court in the case of British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin [2007] EWHC 199 (QB), they will take steps to reimburse those who had incurred unnecessary expenses following the change of Rules in question; and whether, if the Government are unable to consult interested parties on future changes in the rules for the reasons given in evidence, they will conduct their own assessment of the potential adverse financial effects of those changes on persons with limited leave to remain, and publish the results at the same time as the changes in the rules.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) (NHS Reform)

EWHC 199 (QB). The changes to the rules did not amend the existing immigration status of any doctors, so it is not appropriate to consider reimbursement.

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