House of Lords written question – answered at on 25 February 2013.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of studies conducted in Bulgaria suggesting large numbers of the population of that country are planning to emigrate to the United Kingdom after 1 January 2014.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Her Majesty's Government are not aware of any such studies.

The Government accept the view of the independent Migration Advisory Committee that to produce estimates of the number of Romanians or Bulgarians planning to emigrate to the UK after January 2014 "would not be sensible, or helpful, to policymakers". The Government's priority is to cut out abuse of free movement and to address pull factors such as access to benefits and public services. The Home Office is working closely with other government departments on these issues.

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