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Volume 707: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government following the meeting between Mr Jeremy Oppenheim of the Home Office, the Director of Social Services of the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames and others on 17 March 2008 to discuss the suspected employment of illegal immigrants by agencies providing care to the elderly, how many illegal immigrants were (a) identified, (b) detained, and (c) removed as a result of the operations discussed; what estimate was made of the number of illegal immigrants who had been employed by the agencies concerned; and what action has been considered or taken against the employers of those persons. [HL898]

The UK Border Agency and the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames have continued to work closely since the meeting referred to. Investigation and enforcement action is still ongoing and, in order to avoid compromising that, I cannot provide the detail requested. I undertake to write to the noble Lord when it is appropriate to share more information.