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Immigration: Bulgaria

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Office for National Statistics projections of net migration into the UK assume a change in arrangements for workers from Romania and Bulgaria. (159981)

[holding answer 22 October 2007]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Dennis Roberts, dated 24 October 2007:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking whether the Office for National Statistics projections of net migration into the UK assume a change in arrangements for workers from Romania and Bulgaria. I am replying in her absence. (159981)

New national population projections, based on the population at the middle of 2006, were published on 23 October 2007. They include a short-term allowance for additional net migration from the accession countries which joined the EU in May 2004 and January 2007. I am placing in the House of Commons Library a note setting out details of this allowance, which is also available at:

http://www.gad.gov.uk/Demography_Data/Population/2006/methodology/migrass.asp

The assumptions underlying national population projections are demographic trend based. They are not forecasts. They make no assumptions about changes in government policy.