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Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues to reduce levels of enforced migration to the UK, with particular reference to (a) human rights abuses and (b) levels of inequality in source countries. (253147)

I have regular discussions with the Home Secretary about controlling immigration to the United Kingdom. The foreword to the UK Border Agency business plan for 2009-12 was signed jointly by the Secretary of State for the Home Department, the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Financial Secretary to Her Majesty's Treasury, reflecting the cross cutting nature of the Government's work on immigration. I also meet regularly to discuss issues of joint interest, with Ministers from across Government, including with colleagues from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) which leads on global human rights and the Department for International Development which leads for the UK in the fight against global poverty.

Information on the Government's work in this area is published in the FCO's Annual Report on Human Rights which can be found at: