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National Income: Immigration

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the impact of (a) gross domestic product (GDP) per capita and (b) GDP per capita of the resident population on levels of immigration; and what plans he has to commission further such research. (206609)

I have been asked to reply.

The issue of the links between migration and GDP and GDP per head was raised by the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs in its report, “The Economic Impact of Immigration” (Session 2007-08 HL Paper 82). The Government are considering the recommendations made by the Committee and will provide a formal response shortly. I shall arrange for copies of the response to be placed in the Library of both Houses and for a copy to be sent to the hon. Gentleman.