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Work Permits

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received about work permits from (a) farmers and (b) the National Farmers Union. (69739)

Since the beginning of 2006 my predecessor, my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow, East (Mr. McNulty), has received four representations from farmers and growers in the UK regarding the future of the seasonal agricultural workers scheme (SAWS) and a comprehensive reply from the National Farmers Union (NFU) in response to the consultation document “Selective Migration: Making Migration Work for Britain”. There is also close contact with the NFU through the Illegal Working Stakeholder Group.