Home Affairs Committee Press Release

Session 2007-08, 5 June 2008

New Inquiry

New Inquiry

Managing Migration: the Points-Based System

The Home Affairs Committee has today launched a new inquiry entitled "Managing Migration: the Points-Based System". The Committee will inquire into the Government's implementation plans for its new points-based migration system, including an examination of the impact of the proposed system on particular groups and sectors and an assessment of the introduction of new sponsorship arrangements

The Committee will consider the Government's proposals across a number of different areas, including:

  • The proposed points-based managed migration system;
  • the implementation of Tier 1 (highly-skilled migrants);
  • the impact on certain sectors of phasing out sector-specific schemes, including the Seasonal Agricultural Worker's Scheme and Sectors Based Schemes;
  • the effect of the proposed changes on the education, sports and culture sectors;
  • proposed sponsorship arrangements, including the impact of fees and greater responsibility on small and medium enterprises; and
  • the immigration-related provisions of the Government's draft Citizenship, Immigration and Borders Bill (when available).

Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Committee, said:

"It is vital that the Government effectively manages migration to and from the UK to meet the demands of our economy and manage pressures on our labour market. We therefore wish to examine the Government's plans for simplifying existing migration routes into this country through the new points-based migration system.

There have been many concerns raised about the new system, including the information provided to businesses about their requirements and the delay in processing applications. The catering industry has also raised major concerns about the effect they believe this system will have on their employees. It is vital that we look at the validity of these concerns."

The Committee is seeking written submissions of no more than 2,500 words from interested parties, before it takes oral evidence on this inquiry. Organisations and individuals interested in making written submissions are invited to do so by Monday 14 July. Further advice on making a submission can be found below.

Oral evidence sessions will be held in the early summer and autumn of 2008: further announcements will be made in due course.


Written evidence should if possible be in Word or rich text format€”not PDF format€”and sent by e-mail to homeaffcom@parliament.uk. The use of colour and expensive-to-print material, e.g. photographs, should be avoided. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/witness.cfm.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere, though previously published work can be referred to in a submission and submitted as supplementary material. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.

Please bear in mind that the Committee is not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter or e-mail. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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