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Illegal Immigrants

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip Northwood of 3 February 2010, Official Report, column 411W, on illegal immigrants, how many staff his Department, its predecessors and its agencies have appointed who were later discovered to be illegal immigrants since 2005. (320501)

The Department has no record of having employed an illegal immigrant in the last five years.

I have approached the chief executives of the Insolvency Service, Companies House, the National Measurement Office and the Intellectual Property Office and they will respond to the hon. Member directly.

Letter from Gareth Jones, dated 4 March 2010:

I am replying on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled 1 March 2010, UIN 320501 to the Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Companies House has not appointed any staff who have later been discovered to be illegal immigrants since 2005.

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated 4 March 2010:

The Minister of State, for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has asked me to reply to your question regarding the number of staff appointed in The Insolvency Service since 2005 who were later to be found illegal immigrants.

The Insolvency Service has not appointed any staff since 2005 who were later found to be illegal immigrants.

Letter from John Alty, dated 3 March 2010:

I am responding in respect of the Intellectual Property Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 01 March 2010, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The Intellectual Property Office has not employed anyone who has later been discovered to be an illegal immigrant.

Letter from Peter Mason, dated 23 March 2010:

I am responding in respect of the National Measurement Office (NMO formerly National Weights and Measures Laboratory) to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 1st March 2010 [reference 2009/1528] to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, asking pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip Northwood of 3 February 2010, Official Report, column 411Wt on illegal immigrants, how many staff his Department, its predecessor Department and its agencies have appointed who were later discovered to be illegal immigrants since 2005.

NMO has not had any illegal immigrants working for the Agency in the last five years.