04 November 2001
The Home Office Minister, Lord Rooker announced that new categories of work permits to help support industries with severe recruitment difficulties are being explored.
Speaking at the Trade Union Council's conference on international migration, Lord Rooker outlined how the Government plans to create a new, fairer migration programme by increasing levels of skilled migration based on the needs of the UK economy.
Immigration and Citizenship Minister Lord Rooker said:
"We are committed to protecting opportunities for people in the resident labour market. We are also committed to an improved immigration system that benefits the United Kingdom by giving skilled people properly managed, legitimate avenues to come to Britain to work."
"Effective managed migration and wider employment policies will help undermine illegal working. Unscrupulous employers and gang masters must not be allowed to get away with exploitation of workers.