Undocumented Workers: Off-licences and Take-away Food

Home Office written question – answered on 21st October 2015.

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Photo of Gavin Newlands Gavin Newlands Scottish National Party, Paisley and Renfrewshire North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will estimate the number of illegal migrants working in late-night takeaways and off-licences.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

It is not currently possible to quantify accurately the number of immigration offenders in the UK as, by their very nature, those that deliberately evade immigration control to enter and stay in the country illegally are not officially recorded until they come to light and are arrested. The current Immigration Bill includes measures to prevent illegal workers from obtaining and holding licences permitting the sale of alcohol or late night refreshments, as part of a range of provisions continuing the Government's reforms to tackle illegal working.

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