Immigration Cap - Home Affairs Committee Contents


Formal Minutes


Tuesday 25 October 2010

Members present:

Rt Hon Keith Vaz, in the Chair
Nicola Blackwood

Mr Aidan Burley

Lorraine Fullbrook

Dr Julian Huppert

Steve McCabe

Rt Hon Alun Michael

Bridget Phillipson

Mark Reckless

Mr David Winnick

Draft Report (Immigration Cap), proposed by the Chair, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 27 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 28 read, as follows:

It is somewhat puzzling that the Government has chosen as the measure of its success the reduction of overall immigration to the UK almost half of which it has no control over whatsoever. The unpredictability of EEA migration is highlighted by the decision, which emerged during our inquiry, of the Bulgarian, Romanian and Hungarian Governments to issue passports to 180,000 nationals of several non-EEA countries, with possibly hundreds of thousands more eligible.

Amendment proposed, to leave out the paragraph.—(Mark Reckless)

Question, That the Amendment be made, put and negative.

Another Amendment proposed, to leave out lines 1 to 6 and insert:

As the Government pursues its aim to reduce overall immigration to the UK, it is important that it does not underestimate the impact of immigration routes which it cannot control. We urge the Government not to treat the routes it can control too stringently in order to compensate for the routes it cannot control. —(Nicola Blackwood)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided

Ayes, 8

Nicola Blackwood

Mr Aidan Burley

Lorraine Fullbrook

Dr Julian Huppert

Steve McCabe

Rt Hon Alun Michael

Bridget Phillipson

Mr David Winnick

Noes, 1

Mark Reckless

Paragraphs 29 to 110 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report, as amended, be the First Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chair make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 134.

Written evidence was ordered to be reported to the House for printing with the Report.

Written evidence was ordered to be reported to the House for placing in the Library and Parliamentary Archives.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 26 October at 10.30 am



 
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