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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 October 2007, 13:52 GMT 14:52 UK
Frank Field
Frank Field
You only have to look at this week's Parliamentary timetable to see that immigration is very much on the minds of politicians.

Three separate Parliamentary committees will be meeting in the coming days to take evidence on various aspects of the subject.

Local authorities throughout the country will be taking particular interest in the meeting of the House of Lords Economic Affairs committee which will be hearing evidence into its inquiry into the economic impact of immigration.

Many councils believe official estimates of the numbers of immigrants living and working in Britain are wrong and that's affecting their ability, and that of the NHS, to provide services such as education and rubbish collection.

Some Labour MPs have another worry - that the scale of immigration to this country is making it difficult to move their unemployed constituents back into the jobs market.

Our reporter Susan Hulme has been talking to politicians and those who run public services about the ability of Britain to cope with the large numbers of people who have come to this country in recent years. She begins her report at a doctors' surgery.

Susan Hulme reports on the impact of migration on public services and the economy.

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