HC Deb 23 February 1978 vol 944 cc771-2W
Mr. Cartwright

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many work permits have been issued during each of the past five years to enable staff of overseas banks to work in the United Kingdom.

Mr. John Grant

The information is not available in the precise form requested and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost in staff time.

Since the beginning of 1973 the numbers of work permits issued for overseas workers living abroad and permissions given to those already in this country for employment in insurance, banking, finance and advertising firms—including overseas companies established in business in this country—were as follows:

Year Number
1973 1,523
1974 1,485
1975 1,216
1976 1,021 *
1977 (January-June) 674
* Recorded issues. There would be some further issues—probably up to 100—not fully recorded because of industrial action affecting statistical work.