Home Affairs Committee

Session 2003-04, dated 11 February 2004


HOME AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE IMPACT OF EU ENLARGEMENT ON MIGRATION TO UK

The Home Affairs Committee today announced that it is to investigate the impact that European enlargement may have on migration to the UK. 

In a one-off evidence session to be held on Tuesday 9 March at 2.30pm the Committee will take evidence from Home Office Minister, Beverley Hughes MP, and possibly other witnsesses (to be confirmed).

In particular the Committee is keen to examine:

  • the basis and accuracy of government assessments of the number of people who may arrive in the UK from accession countries;

  • the government's policy on those individuals' eligibility to work and receive benefits in the UK;

  • comparisons between UK policy and those of other EU countries.

Committee Chairman Rt Hon John Denham said:

"In May the European Union will accept 10 new countries into membership. There has been considerable controversy about the impact that this may have on migration to the UK and the size of any possible effects on employment and benefits. The Prime Minister recently told Parliament that action might be taken in response.

'This session will enable the Government to set out and be questioned by MPs on its assessment of the issues involved and the extent to which it intends to take new measures to tackle anticipated problems.'