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Illegal Immigrants

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many staff his Department and its agencies have appointed who were later discovered to be illegal immigrants since 2005. (320449)

In each of the last five years, there have been no illegal immigrants found to be working as a Department for Transport employee.

In December 2008, one illegal immigrant was found to be working at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority as an employee of a contractor and was arrested on 10 December 2008. The contractor carried out all relevant checks prior to employment but was deceived by the forged documentation provided by this individual.

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. On the one occasion within the last five years where compliance checks have found illegal immigrants working for Department for Transport contractors, the individual was kept in detention until his appearance in court on 12 January 2009.