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National Insurance: Immigrants

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when his Department began to check the national insurance numbers and the national insurance status of the illegal workers in the security industry identified in the oral statement of 13 November 2007, Official Report, columns 531-3, on the security industry authority, made by the Home Secretary; (181146)

(2) pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 447W, on immigrants: national insurance, when he expects the information on national insurance numbers to be available; and what is the timescale for the exercise being conducted on determining the right to work status of EEA nationals.

[holding answer 18 March 2008]: The Security Industry Authority's (SIA's) immediate priority was to complete the revocations of the licences of those who had no right to work. Only once this process was completed could the appropriate follow up action be commissioned. In accordance with this procedure, on the 7 March 2008, the SIA provided the DWP with a list of the individuals who have had their licences revoked.

These data were shared with the DWP by the SIA as soon as it was in a position to do so, taking account of the need to ensure that only the relevant information was passed to DWP. The checking process is now under way and is expected to be completed by the end of May.