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Illegal Immigrants: Employment

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employers hiring illegal immigrants have had the maximum available fine per worker imposed on them in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years. (318702)

In 2008 (1 March 2008 to 31 December 2008) no maximum civil penalties were issued by the UK Border Agency to employers of illegal migrant workers.

In 2009 (1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009) a total of four maximum civil penalties of £10,000 per employee were issued by the UK Border Agency to employers of six illegal migrant workers. The civil penalty issued to one of these employers, which related to two employees, was cancelled at objection.

There have been no maximum civil penalties issued in 2010 so far (1 January to 24 February).

These data are derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and liable to change.

Fines imposed for employing illegal workers1, 1998 to 2008

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Magistrates court

Average fine

500

2,075

350

500

100

728

845

1,337

797

1,154

Maximum fine2

500

3,000

350

500

100

2.050

2,500

4,000

3,500

2,500

Number fined

0

1

4

1

1

1

8

11

6

23

30

Crown court

Average fine

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2,000

0

16,123

Maximum fine3

2,000

76,55

Number fined

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

5

1 Offences under S.8 Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 or S.21 Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006

2 The statutory maximum fine for an offender sentenced at the magistrates' court is £5,000

3 There is no statutory maximum fine for an offender sentenced at the Crown court

Notes:

1. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system

2. These data are presented on the principal offence basis. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed. Where the same sentence has been imposed for two or more offences the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.

Source:

Justice Statistics - Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice