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Immigrants: Catering

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 8 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the numbers of skilled restaurant staff (a) China and (b) South Asian restaurants need to recruit annually to maintain their businesses; and if she will make a statement. (163800)

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) and the Migration Impact Forum (MIF) have been set up to help inform the development of immigration policy.

The Migration Advisory Committee will advise Government on where there are shortages in the economy which can sensibly be filled by migration. In particular it will produce shortage occupation lists for UK and Scotland for skilled employment. These lists comprise occupations where, in the MAC's view, there are shortages which can sensibly be filled by enabling employers to recruit migrants.

The Migration Impacts Forum will enable the Government to understand the wider impacts of migration on local areas and services.