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Asked about the Liam Byrne statement on immigration, the PMS replied that the update had been scheduled for some time, and asked Lobby to wait for the content from Liam Byrne tomorrow.

Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with David Cameron that the numbers of immigrants was too high at the moment, the PMS replied that the Government was committed to managing migration in Britain’s national interest, in that it was Government’s role to set a framework that ensures that migration was both managed and to the benefit to the UK. It was vital that we take the social impact of immigration into account when making decisions, which was why we had set up the Migration Impact Forum to asses the impact on local services, and why we would be introducing the points-based system in around 140 days time. But it was important that we also recognised the economic benefits of migration. We had chosen not to go down the route of arbitrary targets.

Asked if the statement would be oral or written, the PMS replied that she believed it would be a Written Ministerial Statement.

Asked if it was still the Government’s policy to oppose an annual limit on migrants, the PMS replied that the Government’s policy on that issue had not changed. We were ensuring that migration was a managed process and one that continued to benefit the UK, but one that continued to take into account the impact on local services.

Put that the Home Office was privately considering that perhaps there should be some change on the policy of opposing an annual limit, the PMS replied that as she had said, the Government’s position on this had not changed, what we were looking at was managed migration.

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  1. you said that it woudn’t be put on the net.

    Comment by Kenny Roches — 31 Oct 2007 on 6:54 pm | Link

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