Border Control Scheme debate
Responding to the Immigration Minister's statement on border controls, Neil Parish highlights that the need for tighter controls is because of the unsustainable level of net immigration permitted between 1997 and 2009.
Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton) (Con): Is it not necessary for us to bring in these tighter controls, because of the 2.2 million net immigration between 1997 and 2009 under the last Government?
Damian Green: There are two separate issues here, both of which need addressing. One is the vast number of people who arrived legally under the previous Government’s conscious policy of increasing immigration to unsustainable levels. Secondly, there is what we are discussing this morning—the fact that our borders were not sufficiently secure. Just as important as bringing down the legal numbers is making our borders more secure by a number of methods, such as the use of technology, the pilots that we operated in the summer and changing how we look at private flights. The various actions that we are taking are all designed to make the border safer.