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EU Accession Countries Worker Registration Scheme

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 26 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department next plans to review the working of the EU Accession Countries Worker Registration scheme; and when it next expects to publish a report. (40990)

In developing and implementing the Worker Registration scheme (WRS) we have sought to strike the right balance between the objective of monitoring the labour market impact of enlargement and avoiding unnecessary bureaucracy. The Government believe that the WRS has worked well to date as a means of monitoring impacts and as a safeguard against fraudulent access to benefits. However, we will continue to keep the scheme under review. The most recent accession monitoring report was published on 22 August 2006. The next accession monitoring report will be published towards the end of November 2006.