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Illegal Immigrants

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff his Department, its predecessor Department and its agencies have appointed who were later discovered to be illegal immigrants since 2005. (320498)

People employed to work in Government Departments and their agencies, either directly or through a contractor, are required to satisfy requirements on identity, nationality and immigration status prior to the offer of employment.

There has been one occasion within the last five years where compliance checks found an illegal immigrant to be working for the Ministry of Justice in 2007. The individual was subject to a criminal prosecution for using false identification documentation and given a prison sentence.