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Net Migration

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2007 to the hon. Member for City of York, Official Report, column 1226, on net migration, what the exact number of A8 accession country immigrants working in the NHS is; and if he will break this number down by (a) job and (b) nationality. (135923)

Information taken from registration of A8 nationals under the worker registration scheme shows that there were 9,790 registrations for the health and medical sector for the calendar year 2006. We are unable to confirm how many of this number were working in the NHS.

The jobs that the A8 workers, including those in the health and medical sector were doing are listed in Annex A of the accession monitoring report published on 27 February 2007 at:

http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/reports/accession_monitoring_report.

The nationality of those registering is provided in the following table.

Accession state worker registration scheme— initial approvals2006 health and medical sector

Number

Czech Rep

558

Estonia

87

Hungary

469

Latvia

147

Lithuania

515

Poland

7,036

Slovakia

965

Slovenia

14

Total

9,790

Note:

The figures have not been rounded to the nearest five as in the published accession monitoring report.

The sectors and occupations used in the worker registration scheme do not conform to the ONS standard industrial and occupational classifications.

The figures quoted are not provided under National Statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2007 to the hon. Member for City of York (Hugh Bayley), Official Report, column 1226, on net migration, what provisions there are in the points based system to allow for fast-track work permits. (135924)

Under the new points based system, employers on our sponsorship register will issue Certificates of Sponsorship to prospective employees who will apply for leave to enter at posts abroad or leave to remain if extending their stay in-country.