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Illegal Workers

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which section of (a) his Department and (b) other Government Departments have the responsibility of (i) identifying workers working illegally and (ii) taking action in such circumstances. (106002)

[holding answer 28 November 2006]: The immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has the prime responsibility for identifying workers taking action in such circumstances.

A number of other Government Departments may also encounter evidence of illegal migrant working during the course of their own operations and legal gateways exist for a range of law enforcement agencies to share such information with IND. IND looks to maximise the number of illegal workers removed from the UK in line with public protection undertakings and other operational priorities.

We are currently developing a cross-government enforcement strategy to shut down fraudulent access to benefits and services, tackle illegal working and remove more of the people who are not entitled to be here, as announced in the IND Review.