Ignoring its own evidence: Keith Vaz 26th July 2011: The Commons Home Affairs Committee has blamed the ministers for showing haste regarding students’ visa plans, without due consideration.
The assertion follows the fact that an impact assessment was published 12 weeks after the policy was announced.
MPs insist the assessment underscores how the policy could cost the UK economy £3.6 billion in lost income over four years; and indicates the Government is unable to set up a solid evidence platform before brining about changes that could damage Britain’s economic recovery.
Committee chairman Keith Vaz said: “The Home Secretary’s dismissal of the impact assessment is very disappointing.
“The Government appears to be not only making policy without adequate immigration statistics but also ignoring its own evidence.”
Responding to the assertions, Immigration Minister Damian Green said the changes were introduced after full and extensive consultation. The extent of the crisis which this Government inherited in the immigration system meant that tough, early action was necessary.