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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 November 2007, 14:51 GMT
Immigrant workers' check
Ed Miliband
They introduced a new licensing system in July which instituted the kind of checks that we need on people to make sure that they can be legally working in this country
Ed Miliband

The Cabinet Office Minister, Ed Miliband said that the private security industry regulator will go back and check that all workers from outside the EU are doing so legally.

Speaking after the Home Office acknowledged some illegal immigrants had been cleared for jobs as security staff, Mr Miliband said the initial checks had been made by the regulator, the Security Industry Authority, and that they would now go back over the initial applicants.

"They introduced a new licensing system in July which instituted the kind of checks that we need on people to make sure that they can be legally working in this country and now they're going to check existing employees from outside the European Union where there is a risk of them being employed illegally," he said.

He also said that the ultimate responsibility for making these checks lies with employers.

The Cabinet Office Minister, speaking on Remembrance Day, said that the day was "a day for honouring the sacrifices that so many people have made for our country".

Services still in need

Sue Freeth

But Sue Freeth, the Head of Welfare for the Royal British Legion, also speaking on the Politics Show, said some problems for ex-service personnel were still growing.

"We're finding more and more younger people coming to us as a service charity for assistance - and some of those things we're assisting them in are really the government's responsibility.

"So this is a time for us when everyone is focussed on this community which often looks after itself - and I think to be able to air and engage the nation in that discussion," she said.

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The Politics Show Sunday 11 November 2007 at 12:10 GMT on BBC One.

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