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Agriculture: Temporary Employment

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many work permits were allocated under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme in each of the last five years. (227298)

I have been asked to reply.

The UK Border Agency has a Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) that enables the provision of short term, low skilled workers to be employed in the agricultural industry. The permit to work that is issued to SAWS participants is known as a work card.

Work cards allocated to SAWS operators by UKBA by year are:

Number

2004

20,557

2005

16,248

2006

16,244

2007

16,250

2008

16,250

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