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Illegal Immigrants: Fines

Home Department written question – answered on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what fines were collected from employers in 2010 for employing illegal immigrants; what proportion of the amount so collected was made available for expenditure by her Department; and whether there is a maximum annual limit for revenues raised from such fines for illegal working that may be made available to her Department.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

In the financial year 2010-11, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) collected £6.91 million in illegal working civil penalties from those employers who were found to be employing illegal workers.

The UKBA annual report and accounts 2010-11 records that the UKBA retained £6.91 million of civil penalty income in order to increase investment in additional enforcement and collection activity. This was agreed with HM Treasury for that financial year. The annual report did not reflect that the departmental expenditure limit was reduced by £3 million to off set this agreement. The retained value for the financial year 2011-12 is capped at £3 million.

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