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Work Permits

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits have been issued in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) occupation and (b) region of employment. [113652]

Work Permits (UK) approved a total of 157,759 work permit applications from employers between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003. The following table sets out the number of permits issued to those 20 industries sectors to which the majority of these work permits were issued.

[holding answer 15 May 2003]: The information requested is contained in the table. Prosecutions are a matter for the police and the Crown Prosecution Service. The Act is working well.Statistics for 2002 will be available in the autumn.

Industry/sectorNumber of work permits approved between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003
Health and medical services41,173
ENT and leisure services28,813
Computer services17,059
Admin, bus and man services16,751
Hospitality and catering13,319
Education and cultural act13,195
Financial services7,068
Construction and land serve2,707
Sporting activities2,144
Retail and related services1,810
Extraction industries1,340


Number of work permits approved between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003

Agriculture activities1,115
Law related services1,097
Utilities-gas, electricity, water650
Real estate and property services311
Secure and protect services130

Work Permits (UK) is unable to provide a breakdown of the number of work permits issued by geographical region.