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