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Immigration: Public Services

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

15. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of levels of immigration on public services in the last 12 months; and what forecast he has made of the likely effects in the next 12 months. (134287)

17. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of (a) the impact of levels of immigration on public services in the past 12 months and (b) the likely effect in the next 12 months. (134289)

To date there has not been a formal system for assessing the impact of immigration on public services but individual Government Departments have mechanisms to receive information about overall pressures on such services. Last summer we conducted a cross-Government review of the impacts of migration. On 28 March we announced the establishment of a new forum to provide an opportunity for regular and organised dialogue with interested parties focusing on the impacts of migration. This will be chaired by Home Office and Local Government Ministers.