HL Deb 27 November 2002 vol 641 cc39-40WA
Lord Lucas

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they will be able to reply to the representations made by the Independent Schools Council on the issue of changes in visa regulations for gap assistants. [HL44]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Filkin)

My honourable friend the Minister of State for Citizenship, Immigration and Community Cohesion wrote to the General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), Mr Cooke, on 21 November.

The Director General of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate had previously written to Mr Cooke on 28 October; and officials met Mr Cooke on 6 November. At that meeting the position in relation to gap-year students who wish to enter the United Kingdom to spend a year working in independent schools was discussed. Officials will keep in contact with the ISC about this matter.