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EU Migrant Workers

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many workers from other EU states there were in the Lancashire region in each of the last five years. (96343)

The Home Office does not generally monitor the regional distribution of workers from other EU member states.

The Immigration and Nationality Directorate publishes regional information on those workers who came to work in the UK from the eight Eastern European countries which acceded to the EU on 1 May 2004. Nationals of these eight countries (the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) are required to register on the Worker Registration Scheme (WRS) within one month of starting work in the United Kingdom.

Information about the number of workers in the Lancashire region is not available in the report. However, the number of workers in the North West who have registered from 1 May 2004 to 30 June 2006 is published in table 7 of the Accession Monitoring Report, on the following link:

www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/reports/accession_monitoring_report

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many workers from other EU states there were in (a) North East Cambridgeshire, (b) Cambridgeshire and (c) the Eastern region in each of the last five years. (95717)

The Home Office does not generally monitor the regional distribution of workers from other member states.

The Immigration and Nationality Directorate publishes regional information on those workers who came to work in the UK from the eight Eastern European countries which acceded to the EU on 1 May 2004. Nationals of these eight countries (the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) are required to register on the Worker Registration Scheme (WRS) within one month of starting work in the United Kingdom

Information about the number of workers in the areas specifically requested is not available in the report. However, the number of workers in the Anglia, Midlands and Central regions who have registered from 1 May 2004 to 30 June 2006 is published in table 7 of the Accession Monitoring Report, on the following link:

www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/reports/accession_monitoring_report

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria were used by his Department in its formula to predict the estimated number of migrant workers to the UK from the 2004 EU accession countries. (95618)

[holding answer 23 October 2006]: The Home Office did not make an official estimate of the numbers of migrants who would come to the UK following the European Union enlargement of 2004.

We published independent research on our website in 2003, with its methodology. This can be found at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs2/rdsolr2503.pdf