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VIDEO: Gove backs Immigration Minister who laughed off labour concerns

Defra Secretary Michael Gove has backed a Home Office Minister who was caught laughing while being quizzed by MPs on the possible re-introduction of a Seasonal Agricultural Workers’ Scheme (SAWS).


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Gove backs Home Office Minister who laughed off labour concerns

Last month, Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes infuriated MPs on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee with her evasive answers to questions about the agricultural labour shortage.

 

Committee chair Neil Parish accused Ms Nokes of ‘fiddling while Rome burns’ as she said she would wait for a report from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), due this September, to be published before making any decisions about a future scheme.

 

Asked by Farmers Guardian whether it was appropriate behaviour for a Minister to laugh off such serious concerns, Mr Gove said: “I did not see this.

 

 

“I am a great fan of Caroline’s, I think she is a great Minister and I cannot imagine she was doing anything other than responding to the committee appropriately.

 

“I have had lots of conversations with the Home Office about a SAWS and the importance of getting the labour question right, so I do not recognise that depiction either of Caroline’s demeanour or the approach of the Home Office.”


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