asked the Minister of Labour how many Poles have applied for and been granted per mission to accept employment.
I regret that statistics are not available in a form which would enable me to give the hon. and gallant Member the information for which he asks.
It is a general question of how many have sought employment, and how many have been granted employment, under the conditions laid down. There is an enormous number of foreign nationals in this country, and it is right that they should be employed, if only on a temporary basis.
The hon. and gallant Member might have stated whether he wanted figures for the last two, three, four or five years, and whether for civil servants or for other categories. If he will indicate what he requires, we will do our best to help him.