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EU migration question to Theresa May
08/01/2013 09:09:00


Yesterday Theresa May took questions from MPs - I asked a question about EU migration, a concern that many constituents have shared with me:

Gavin Barwell (Croydon Central, Conservative)

I welcome the Government’s progress in reducing net migration to a level that is in our national interest. Many of my constituents, however, are as concerned about EU migration as they are about non-EU migration. Will my right hon. Friend update the House on the progress the Government are making as part of the review of competences, in sharp contrast to the previous Government’s failure to apply accession controls?

Theresa May (Home Secretary; Maidenhead, Conservative)

Absolutely—it is this Government who are willing to look at the issues, make the tough decisions and take action to put tough policies in place. In relation to the balance of competences, we will be looking in detail at free movement. That work has not yet started but will start in the not-too-distant future. There are other things we are doing outside that work. I am working across the European Union with other member states to look at how we can ensure that we reduce the abuse of free movement—through sham marriage, for example—and we are also looking at the pull factors that encourage people to come to the UK, rather than other member states, such as access to benefits.

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On 08/01/2013 17:01:00 Jim wrote:
Not much progress there then!
On 10/01/2013 20:20:00 Paul Ogier wrote:
How satisfied were you with the Home Secretary's answer to your question about "progress"? Her words, though many, essentially answered your question with " - no work has been started". The answer seems to me to be 'no progress at all'!!! There seems to be 'progress' in 'looking into' various matters - competent 'looking into' skills.



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