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Work Permit Regulations

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department conducted a race equality impact assessment concerning changes to the work permit regulations as they affect medical staff. (65676)

A partial race equality impact assessment was carried out on the proposed points- based system, which had the effect of ending permit-free training. A full one will be undertaken when the system is fully implemented.

On advice, an REIA has not been carried out on the recent changes to the immigration rules for postgraduate doctors and dentists which brought the immigration provisions for non-European Economic Area (EEA) junior doctors and dentists into line with the immigration provisions for non-EEA nationals wanting to work in any other sector of the United Kingdom labour market.