Changes to immigration rules to be put before Parliament to reinstate limit

Temporary cap on number of migrant workers to be reinstated: Green
21st December 2010: The Government is all set to place before the Parliament changes to the immigration rules for reinstating the limit.
With this, the government has made clear that it is going ahead with the move to impose a temporary cap on the number of immigrants, even after losing the legal battle on the issue in the High Court.

Immigration Minister Damian Green claimed the temporary cap on the number of migrant workers coming to the UK is to be reinstated.

Green asserted changes to the immigration rules will be laid before Parliament to reinstate the limit, as the High Court had held the cap to be unlawful on a technical point.

Green told MPs the changes will set out the details the court required. This will enable us to reinstate the interim limits on a clear legal basis.

Labour MP Frank Field of the Cross-Party Group on Balanced Migration said there is huge support for the policy the coalition Government is pursuing, and that includes Labour constituencies. Voters want to see the numbers coming down,” he claimed.
The High Court ruling is being seen as a blow to home secretary Theresa May’s plans to cap immigration.

Two senior judges have held the temporary limit imposed from 28 June on skilled migrants from outside the European Union is unlawful. Giving reasons, the Judges have held the ministers sidestepped proper parliamentary approval when it was introduced.

Lord Justice Sullivan and Justice Burton concluded that the British home minister May had taken the steps without the approval of parliament.

"The secretary of state made no secret of her intentions," the judges said.

“There can be no doubt that she was attempting to side-step provisions for parliamentary scrutiny set up under provisions of the 1971 Immigration Act and her attempt was for that reason unlawful.”

The ruling by Lord Justice Sullivan and Justice Burton at the High Court in London came on a petition by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and by the English Community Care Association.


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