Consultations over, findings on immigration cap in “due course”: Green

MAC consultation on immigration ended in September
5th October 2010: Consultations on immigration cap are over, and findings will be made public in “due course”, Immigration Minister Damian Green has asserted.
Green said: ‘We have consulted with business and other interested parties on how the limit should work and have also asked the Migration Advisory Committee to consult on what the actual limit should be. These consultations are now closed and we will announce the findings in due course.’

The MAC consultation on immigration cap came to end in September. The permanent limit on non-EU economic immigration is expected to be put in place on April 1 next year.

The Government has all along been saying it hops to draw the brightest and the best people to the UK. But at the same time they did not want uncontrolled migration. There have been apprehensions in the UK that unlimited levels of immigration have put too much pressure on public services, schools and housing.

Green’s assertion came while he was defending the government’s decision to introduce an interim limit on skilled workers from outside the EU, in response to concerns raised by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

The development is significant as the government is currently under fire from political figureheads, businesses, law firms and even banks over the issue of immigration cap.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the firms expressing concern to the government include drug maker GlaxoSmithKline PLC, computer firm International Business Machines Corp., conglomerate General Electric Co., as well as banks J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Deutsche Bank AG.

The Journal quoted “people familiar with the matter” while naming the companies.

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