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Put that net migration was up at 250,000, and asked if the Prime Minister shared Phil Woolas view that we did not want to see the population rising to over 70 million, the PMS replied that he was not sure that this was Phil Woolas view. The figures that were published this morning showed the actual number of people coming into the country in gross terms had fallen. So the reason for the net increase was because of more people choosing not to emigrate. These figures applied to the period before the points-based system that had come into effect. The points-based system meant that only those people from outside Europe that we want, and no more, can come here to work and study.

Asked if there would be a point in the future where the Government would be concerned about the population declining as saw immigrants fleeing to more prosperous pastures, the PMS replied that he did not think that the population was declining. We had seen an increase in net migration this morning, migration numbers had come down, but we were not at that point, and nor was he aware that anyone was suggesting that we were close to that point.

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