HC Deb 21 May 1973 vol 857 c15W
Mr. Freeson

asked the Secretary of State for Employment, in view of the quota system agreed between his Department and the hotel and catering trade, in what circumstances a work permit may be issued to an employer in the United Kingdom for the employment of foreign nationals and Commonwealth citizens in a catering establishment when no such persons have been employment in previous years.

Mr. Dudley Smith

The quota system applies only to men from countries outside the EEC, Malta and the Dependent Territories.

Establishments which did not receive work permits for such men in 1971 or 1972 may be issued with work permits, provided that suitable indigenous workers are not available and other requirements are satisfied, for the following categories of overseas worker to whom the quota system does not apply. Exceptionally highly skilled men (e.g., head chefs and head waiters in appropriate establishments); Women; Citizens of Malta (up to 500 a year) or the Dependent Territories (up to 300 a year of which no one Territory may have more than 200); Students who wish to work in their free time or during vacations.

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