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Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government have a policy on future population (a) growth and (b) size in the UK. (301782)

The Government do not have a policy on the UK future population growth or size, but we do have a migration policy. The new immigration system and the points-based system give us greater control over numbers while maintaining the flexibility our economy needs.

Net migration has fallen over the past year. Population projections provide estimates of the size of the future population based on certain assumptions and pre-existing trends, but they have not yet included the full impact of recent reductions in net migration and nor do they include the potential impacts of Government policies.