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Sierra Leone

Volume 408: debated on Friday 11 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people from Sierra Leone have been admitted to the UK on entry visas for work in (a) 2001–02 and (b) in 2002–03. [124607]

[holding answer 9 July 2003]: I have been asked to reply.The latest available information on Sierra Leonean nationals granted leave to enter the United Kingdom as work permit holders or their dependants is given in the table.

Sierra Leonean nationals granted leave to enter the United Kingdom as work permit holders or their dependants, 20011,2
2001
Employment for 12 months or more10
Employment for less than 12 months35
Dependants of work permit holders10
1 A change in procedures may have resulted in some under-recording in the first quarter of 2001.
2 Data are rounded to the nearest five.
3 Includes the majority of work permit trainees.
Data on those people granted leave to enter the United Kingdom in 2002 are due to be published at the end of August 2003 on the Home Office website: http:// www. homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/whatsnewl.html