Home Affairs Committee Press Notice

ROMANIAN UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE TO ATTEND EVIDENCE SESSION ON BULGARIAN AND ROMANIAN ACCESSION TO THE EU

Session will also address broader UK immigration issues

Further to the Press Notice issued on 6 November Mr Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, the Romanian Under-Secretary of State in the Department for European Affairs, has accepted an invitation to attend the Home Affairs Committee's one-off evidence session on Tuesday 27 November.

Mr Ciobanu-Dordea will give evidence on the Romanian Government's position on the recent review of labour market restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian workers in the UK.

The Committee has also decided to widen the focus of the evidence session to question the UK Minister for Borders and Immigration on other topical immigration issues, including immigration status checks in the licensing of private security workers by the Security Industry Authority, migration statistics and the new points-based system, and complaints procedures in immigration centres.

The Chairman The Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP said:

"There are a number of key issues that the Committee requires evidence on from the Minister including the process of the Security Industry Authority and how illegal immigrants came to be working in the Metropolitan Police, the recent admission that the Government produced inaccurate figures on the number of foreign workers in the UK and to receive an update on the actions by the Home Office to tackle the problem of abuse in detention centres."

The Witnesses for this session will now be as follows:

UK Immigration issues

10.15 am Liam Byrne MP, Minister of State for Borders and Immigration, Home Office, Lin Homer, Chief Executive of the Borders and Immigration Agency, and John Elliot, Chief Economist, Home Office

Bulgarian and Romanian Accession to the EU: one year on

11.15 am Liam Byrne MP, Minister of State for Borders and Immigration, Home Office

11.45 am Mr Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, Romanian Undersecretary of State, Department for European Affairs and Mrs Raduta Matache, Acting Romanian Ambassador to the UK

Location: Wilson Room, Portcullis House