§ Mr. Tony Banks
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many work permit applications for professional soccer players have been made in each of the last 10 years; and how many granted in each year, specifying the nationality of the applicant in each case.
§ Mr. Oppenheim
The number of work permit applications, including those for extensions to existing permits, received by the Department for professional soccer players in each of the years for which this information is available is set out in the table. Information about the number of permits granted to professional soccer players and their nationality is not available.
Year Number Of Applications 1989 9 1990 23 1991 32 1992 30 1993 35 1994 122 1To date.