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Immigration: Manpower

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were for employing a person aged 16 years and above subject to immigration control contrary to sections (8) and (6) of the Asylum and Immigration Control in each quarter since 1 January 2002. (177371)

The latest information on persons proceeded against and found guilty of offences under Immigration Acts in England and Wales in each year from 2003 to 2007 will be available from Table 6.7 of the Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2007 publication on 21 August 2008; information for 2006 and 2007 will be provisional. Information relating to 2002 has been published in Table 7.5 of the Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2002 publication.

Copies of the 2002 publication are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration-asylum-stats.html.

Copies of the 2007 publication will be available from 21 August 2008.

The UK Border Agency have implemented measures contained in the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 to tackle illegal migrant working, which provide a wider and more effective range of tools with which to tackle non-compliance. The 2006 Act introduced a system of civil penalties for employers who employ illegal migrants through less than diligent practices, alongside a tough new offence for those who knowingly employ illegal migrants, which will carry a maximum two year prison sentence and/or an unlimited fine. These new measures came into force on 29 February 2008.