Debates between Lord Desai and Lord Murray of Blidworth during the 2019 Parliament

Tue 29th Nov 2022

Net Migration

Debate between Lord Desai and Lord Murray of Blidworth
Tuesday 29th November 2022

(1 year, 5 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Murray of Blidworth Portrait Lord Murray of Blidworth (Con)
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The Government do not agree that the answer is identity cards.

Lord Desai Portrait Lord Desai (Non-Afl)
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My Lords, should we not recognise that the people who pay thousands of pounds to people to carry them across the channel actually want to come here? They find coming here beneficial, and the economy finds it beneficial when they come. Why do we not have a system in which we distinguish between refugees and economic migrants and welcome economic migrants as a very good thing?

Lord Murray of Blidworth Portrait Lord Murray of Blidworth (Con)
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I thank the noble Lord for that question. We have indeed such a system. The points-based immigration system is designed to entice to the UK those workers who wish to come who are qualified by reason of the scheme. The asylum system exists to assist those who are claiming asylum or other protection.