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Foreign Workers: Immigration Controls

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will require the Migration Advisory Committee in formulating its advice on the level of immigrant labour needed to complete the (a) London Olympics and (b) Crossrail construction work to obtain information on whether jobs on these projects are first advertised through Jobcentre Plus. (310657)

[holding answer 14 January 2010]: The Government have no plans at present to ask the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) for specific advice relating to the London Olympics or Crossrail.

It is possible that the MAC may review jobs relating to these projects independently as part of their regular work on the Shortage Occupation List.

Unless a job is on the Shortage Occupation List, it must be advertised through Jobcentre Plus before it can be offered to a migrant worker under tier 2.