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Departments: Work Permits

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many work permits were applied for by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years. (127712)

The Department of Trade and Industry and its agencies do not apply for work permits. However, it is part of our standard pre-employment checks at recruitment stage to ensure that staff applying to be employed within the Department and its agencies have a work permit, where appropriate, before they are employed. Information on how many staff may have work permits is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.