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Immigration Policy

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

17. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what account he takes of potential demographic changes in the UK in formulating his policy on immigration. (295142)

The Government have mechanisms in place which are controlling the number of people coming to the UK to work and study through the points based system.

We are also consulting on a new points test for citizenship which will break the link between coming to the UK to work or study on a temporary basis and permanent settlement.

The figures published by the Office of National Statistics last week are projections and as they themselves say they do not take into account the reforms the Government have made to the immigration system. As the ONS points out, they are projections, based on previous years' trends, not forecasts.