HC Deb 24 February 1978 vol 944 cc818-9W
Mr. Speed

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigrants have been admitted for work each year since 1973 under the permit-free category; and if he will break the numbers down by country and category.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

The immigration rules relating to control on entry provide that passengers coming for employment in a range of occupations—for instance, people like doctors and dentists, ministers of religion, contract seamen, exchange scheme teachers and employees of UN or other international organisations—do not require work permits. Information about the numbers entering the country in this way is, however, not available in the form requested.