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Foreign Workers

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effects of numerical limits on temporary migration. (300489)

The Government's view is that a numerical limit, or 'cap', on temporary migration is not the most effective way of managing migration. Rather, our view is that the points based system is the best and most robust way of controlling the numbers of people coming to the UK from outside Europe without preventing the admission of migrants with specific skills that the UK economy needs.

We have already demonstrated the system's flexibility through putting a stop to low skilled labour entering the UK from outside Europe by suspending Tier three, as well as well as tightening up labour market testing requirements for Tier 2.