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House of Lords written question – answered on 24th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by Middlesex University which suggests that the visa restrictions on non-European Economic Area spouses could cost the public purse £850 million over the next 10 years.

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

We do not accept the conclusions reached by Middlesex University. We estimate that the minimum income threshold under the family Immigration Rules implemented on nine July 2012 will benefit the taxpayer by £660 million over 10 years. This includes both the benefits from expected savings in public services and also the costs of the reduction in taxes paid by migrant spouses and partners. The Middlesex University analysis does not include the public service savings and so underestimates the benefit of the Government's policy.

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