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House of Commons to probe Indian chefs' shortage

india Updated: Jun 08, 2008 13:46 IST

A House of Commons committee has been constituted to access the impact of newly introduced points-based migration system which has hit three billion pound Indian restaurant and catering industry in Britain.

The Indian restaurant industry has been adversely affected by the new system as it had made difficult to recruit chefs from the Indian sub-continent.

Restaurant owners and representatives of the catering industry recently took to the streets in London and Edinburgh against the system.

The committee, launched by the Home Affairs Select Committee chaired by India-origin Labour MP Keith Vaz, will inquire into the implementation plans for the points-based migration system, including an examination of the impact of the proposed system on particular groups and sectors and an assessment of the introduction of new sponsorship arrangements.

"The catering industry has raised major concerns about the effect they believe this system will have on their employees. It is vital that we look at the validity of these concerns. It is vital that the Government effectively manages migration to and from the UK to meet the demands of our economy and manage pressures on our labour market," Vaz said while announcing the inquiry.

"We therefore wish to examine the Government's plans for simplifying existing migration routes into this country through the new points-based migration system," he added.