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Asked if there was any assessment on how much non-EU nationals cost the country in terms of providing public services, the PMS said that it was best for people to see the full picture and the proper context of the Home Secretary’s statement and Green Paper, rather than some of the partial reports that had come out that morning.

Asked whether in principle the Prime Minister thought non-EU nationals were a drain on the economy, the PMS said in principle, the Prime Minister believed that migrants made a significant contribution to the wellbeing of this country, but obviously there were transitional impacts on public services that needed to be taken into account. We had recognised that in the past and part of the purpose of the migration impact forum set up by the Government, was to examine exactly those issues.

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