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Agriculture: Temporary Employment

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the return rate was of workers under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme in each of the last five years, broken down by country of origin. (227299)

I have been asked to reply.

Information is not collected on the return rates of workers who have participated in the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS).

Since 1 January 2008, SAWS has been restricted to Romania and Bulgaria. As European Economic Area nationals, there is no requirement for them to leave the United Kingdom upon completion of their SAWS placement.