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Asked about reports on a separate immigration bill and whether the points-based system could effectively reduce the EU immigration rate by 35,000, the PMS replied that he had seen the reports, but it would be best to check with the Home Office on the specifics.

Asked on the points system again and the possibility of ending up with a system with a minimum and maximum amount in terms of migration, the PMS said the whole point of the points-based system was to put in place a framework which would help identify and give weightings to particular sectors of the economy. It was then for individuals and individual businesses to make decisions as to the exact numbers of people that would come in and out, year by year.

Put that the threshold was set at a particular level for different industries and therefore the Government was effectively imposing a cap, the PMS said it would depend on decisions being taken by individuals. The points-based system was about the weighting attached to people with specific skills, depending on an assessment of what the skills needs were for the economy. It was not about setting overall limits. Put that projections or realistic assumptions could be made about the number of people using that framework, the PMS replied that it was a different matter from suggesting that there should be an overall cap enforced, so that once the cap was reached, no further people could be let into the country, regardless of what the needs were of the economy or businesses.

Asked whether people could assume that the advisory group would make projections, the PMS replied that it would be a matter for them. For the detailed process by which they would operate, it would be best to speak to the Home Office.

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