House of Lords reform and immigration dominated the return to westminster with parliamentary statements by both the key Ministers
I am still amazed that the deputy prime minister has elected (forgive the pun) not to pursue house of lords reform and effectively given up, describing as he did so the David Steel reforms as puny. I stil believed a deal could be done given that the vote at second reading backing the bill in principle was 500 to 120 odd.
On immigration there was discussion about the clampdowns on unlawful immigration and it is worth reproducing the latest figures. I speak as the ancestor of immigrants and hope I can see both sides of the argument.
Damian Green the immigration minister said yesterday:
"Net migration is falling as our reforms take effect. It is down by 36,000 between December 2010 and December 2011, with 26,000 of this fall occurring in the last quarter. There has been an overall fall in net The numbers for visas issued, which are more up to date, covering a period to June 2012, show: