§ Mr. Michael Brown
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department under which article of the conventions of the International Labour Office it is required that migrant workers who have entered the United Kingdom holding work permits should be accepted for permanent settlement after four years in approved employment.
§ Mr. Raison:
Paragraph 16(2)(a) of the International Labour conference's recommendation (No. 86) concerning migration for employment (revised 1949) requires that restrictions on the employment of migrant workers should as far as possible cease to be applied after a period not exceeding five years. As I said in reply to a question by my hon. Friend on 8 August. it would serve no useful immigration purpose to maintain the restrictions for a fifth year.