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Awale Olad Jun 30, 2014 3 Comment(s)
We expected the Westminster Hall debate on the Public Administration Select Committee’s (PASC) report on migration statistics to be an uneasy 3 hour long debate for the government, dominated by anti-immigration sentiment. Happily,we instead got a handful of MPs predominantly from the Conservative Party and a couple from Labour, debating for 1 hour 30 minutes the need to modernise the way migration statistics are recorded.
PASC chair Bernard Jenkin, a Conservative MP representing Harwich and North Essex, spoke extensively about the intricate nature of migration statistics when recorded by the International Passenger Survey (IPS), which is ‘subject to a large margin of error’. He remarked that the collection of data for the number of immigrants and emigrants is far lower than the actual numbers coming and going. He added:
Awale Olad Jun 23, 2014 30 Comment(s)
MPs are set to debate the political minefield of migration statistics this Thursday, 26 June. The Lords will also debate the right to work for asylum seekers.
The Westminster Hall debate will be led by Bernard Jenkins MP, the Chair of the Public Administration Select Committee, which looked into migration statistics last year and published a critical report of how the government was recording statistics and ensuring a proper mechanism to manage migration numbers in the UK existed. The committee’s inquiry considered various factors that record migration and took oral and written evidence from key experts including Dr Scott Blinder from Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford and Professor John Salt of the Migration Research Unit at UCL. Civil servants from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the Home Office also faced questioning from MPs.
Awale Olad Jun 9, 2014
Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, is thought to have blocked the proposed primary legislation. However, Theresa May, the Conservative Home Secretary, has promised to carry out the changes under delegated powers.
The briefings and counter briefings as well as Paddy Ashdown’s intervention the last fortnight suggested internal disharmony amongst the Coalition parties over the proposals to introduce a new Immigration Bill. The new bill would have sought powers to reduce the right of freedom of movement of nationals from new European Union accession states. Primary legislation of this kind would have been on a collision course with EU laws and governance but the internal wrangling between the Home Secretary and the Deputy Prime Minister could be interpreted as political posturing to galvanise their respective party bases, especially after the poor European and local election results for both parties.
Awale Olad Apr 14, 2014 7 Comment(s)
Last week’s media coverage was dominated by the Culture Secretary Maria Miller’s difficulties over expenses but under the radar parliamentarians were getting their teeth into other major issues such as citizenship stripping. In an extraordinary turn of events, the House of Lords decided to deprive the Home Secretary Theresa May of more powers to make naturalised British citizens stateless.
When former Justices of the Supreme Court who sit as independent Judges in the House of Lords begin intervening on government policy and legislation it’s one of the first signs of a government initiative destined to fail. Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, a Crossbench Judge, said that it was ‘a matter of fundamental principle’ that deprivation of citizenship be fully scrutinised by a committee of Peers and MPs before allowing Theresa May to have the power to make British citizens of migrant origin stateless. Lord Brown said:
Awale Olad Mar 3, 2014 11 Comment(s)
The latest quarterly statistics from the independent Office of National Statistics found net migration soaring to 212,000 by the year ending September 2013. The Home Office’s response was that it was cracking down on the abuse of ‘freedom of movement’.
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